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3-Ingredient Pulled Pork

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  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 6 hr 0 min
  • Servings 8
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Only 3 ingredients to moist, flavourful pulled pork that can be prepared in minutes and cooked in a slow cooker.
Created May 25, 2018
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  • 1 (2 lb/1 kg) pork tenderloin (pork shoulder or butt can also be used)
  • 1 can (354 mL12 oz) root beer
  • 1 bottle (500 mL18 oz) barbecue sauce
  • 8 hamburger buns


  • 1
    Place the pork tenderloin in a slow cooker and pour the can of root beer over the meat. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until pork shreds easily with a fork.
  • 2
    Remove cooked pork to cutting board, and drain and discard the root beer. Shred pork and return it to the slow cooker. Pour the barbecue sauce over the pork and stir to combine. Serve immediately or keep warm in slow cooker until ready to serve. Serve on hamburger buns.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    This recipe will work with a pork shoulder or butt, but we especially like it with a leaner pork tenderloin. Tenderloins don't have as much fat, so you don't need to trim them or worry about separating the meat and fat during shredding. And because the pork cooks in root beer it doesn’t need the extra fat that a pork shoulder or butt offer to keep it moist.
  • Tip 2
    The root beer acts as a tenderizer and after soaking in it all day, the pork practically melts in your mouth. Not only does the root beer work better than a store bought meat tenderizer, it gives the pork a hint of sweetness. But feel free to experiment with your soda of choice!
  • Tip 3
    Serve warm on top of hamburger buns with some corn on the cob and a salad.

Nutrition Information

380 Calories, 6g Total Fat, 28.4g Protein, 51.6g Total Carbs, 28.1g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 8
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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