Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches Recipe
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Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches Recipe

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My husband is a huge fan of pulled pork sandwiches, so my sister shared this incredibly easy recipe with me. At potlucks and family dinners, nobody can get enough of this root beer-braised version. —Carolyn Palm, Walton, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8-1/2 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8-1/2 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1 can (12 ounces) root beer or cola
  • 1 bottle (18 ounces) barbecue sauce
  • 12 kaiser rolls, split

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich: 402 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 809mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 26g protein.


  1. Place roast in a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker. Add root beer; cook, covered, on low 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove roast; cool slightly. Discard cooking juices. Shred pork with two forks; return to slow cooker. Stir in barbecue sauce. Cook, covered, until heated through, about 30 minutes. Serve on rolls.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary.
    Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches in Simple & Delicious June/July 2015

Blush Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a blush wine such as White Zinfandel or a Rosé.

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JCV4 User ID: 628113 254058
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2016

"I agree with everyone else - this was super easy and had a nice flavor. I used regular hickory BBQ sauce and everyone loved it!"

ahmom User ID: 3426126 253358
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2016


smitty1393 User ID: 1912819 251812
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2016

"I was surprise that root beer and pork went go together. I love the great flavor and will make again."

ARollins User ID: 4935279 250261
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2016

"Everyone loved the great flavor. I will make again."

Remenec User ID: 6059530 232136
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2015

"I typically don't find root beer to add much flavor to a recipe. But this one is the exception! What an easy and delicious way to marinade pulled pork. I will be making this again and again!"

rre68135 User ID: 5063939 231133
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2015

"This made a nice pulled pork sandwich on the sweet side. My kids love Root Beer and Pulled Pork, so they were curious to try this recipe and were not disappointed."

DianeC23 User ID: 141506 231126
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2015

"Super easy and very tender! You can use whichever barbecue you like best. Great recipe -- I'll be making this again!"

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