Andrea’s Pulled Pork

You guys all know my bestie Andrea, right?  The super fun, super busy, super creative, super mom that I love so much.  Well, did you know that  she makes the worlds best pulled pork?

She does.

It’s amazing.

We always request it.

And it never fails.

So now, we make it at our house too.

This recipe is one of my very favorites because it only requires four ingredients, you put them all in the slow cooker and then leave them alone until you’re ready to eat.  This is the PERFECT  meal to make on busy school days (during the fall, we eat it almost weekly).  And it makes up a huge batch, so you can even have it two nights in a row if you like.

Thank you so much sweet friend for letting me share your wonderful recipe!!

If you use a 3 or 5 pound piece of pork, you could easily get 6 to 8 servings out of this one recipe.

Shopping List
1 (3 to 5 pound) pork shoulder (also called pork butt or pork roast)
1 large onion, chopped into big chunks
2 cans of soda, not diet (I have used both Coca-Cola and Dr. Pepper)
1 (12 to 18 oz) bottle of your favorite BBQ Sauce (Andrea and I use Sweet Baby Ray’s)
Chopped green onions to garnish, optional
Buns if you’re making sandwiches

In your slow cooker, place your pork and onion pieces inside.  Pour your soda on top of everything and cover and cook on high at least 8 to 10 hours.

Remove the lid after 8 to 10 hours and the meat should be falling a part at the touch of your fork.  Remove all of the meat from the slow cooker into a bowl and then drain your slow cooker of the onions and liquid.  Add your meat back to the slow cooker and shred it up with two forks.  Stir in as much of your BBQ sauce as you like.  At this point, you can serve immediately or you can turn the slow cooker to the “keep warm” setting and let it stay warm up to 4 or 5 hours until you’re ready to eat.

So simple, right?  We just love making this!  And the leftovers are fabulous on top of a baked potato, in a quesadilla or taco, over scrambled eggs…honestly, it’s just good any way you eat it.

This would be one of those perfect back to school recipes :).  On a busy school morning, throw this in the slow cooker and then that night, enjoy it with your family.

And speaking of back to school stuff…you should check out Andrea’s back to school decorations.  They are so cute!!

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  • Sabrina July 22, 2014 at 11:18 am

    This looks yummy!! I love Andrea's blog so much! šŸ™‚

  • April Parrish July 22, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I've gotta try this! Sounds so easy which is my favorite kind of recipe!
    Thanks for sharing! šŸ™‚

  • Anonymous July 22, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Shay, have you tried this with chicken breasts? We don't eat pork but the flavors sound terrific!

  • mkdforrest July 22, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Just threw the ingredients in my crock pot. I'm excited for dinner tonight ! šŸ™‚

  • Kim R July 22, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I can't believe its that simple! Thanks for sharing (Shay and Andrea!)
    Adding a pork butt to my shopping list!

  • Mix and Match Mama July 22, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    I haven't tried this with chicken but I bet it would be amazing!! Try it and let me know how it turns out!

  • Anonymous July 22, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Another good soda option is root beer! It gives the pork such a great flavor. Haven't tried with the onions. Can't wait.

  • Candice Ibarra July 22, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Looks delicious! Perfect for a summer night! I'm looking into buying my first slow cooker and noticed there were a few different sizes and brands to choose from. Do you have any recommendations? Thanks!

  • mkdforrest July 22, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    This was seriously amazing!! Thanks , Shay & Andrea. Keeper for sure:)

  • Lauren July 23, 2014 at 1:03 am

    PERFECT!! We are hosting some friends at the ranch this weekend and I've been looking for a good pulled pork recipe for pork tacos. Done! We are giving this a try! šŸ™‚

  • Kimm Atwood July 23, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Omg can't wait to try this!!!!!

  • sfitzg2 July 24, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I made this last night and loved it! Thanks for posting šŸ™‚

  • Heather Leigh July 30, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Approximately how many lbs of pork do we need for this? I tried to buy pork shoulder yesterday and they only had over 9lbs and it cost $25. I got pork loin. Will this work?

  • Mix and Match Mama July 31, 2014 at 9:41 am

    A pork loin is a different cut of meat and really doesn't shred well. You need between 3 and 6 pounds of pork shoulder/pork butt /pork roast.

    • Kathryn August 31, 2016 at 8:57 am

      If you are cooking the pork loin in the slow cooker it will become tender and shred fairly easily. The trick is cooking it low and slow. I prefer to use pork loin because it is not as fatty as a pork shoulder.

  • Jenny August 3, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Just wondering if this recipe ends up being very sweet?

  • Katie Compton August 12, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Hi Shay! Making this in the morning and just wanted to double check…8-10 hrs on HIGH right?? Thanks so much!

    • Mix and Match Mama August 13, 2014 at 1:11 am

      Yes! Enjoy!!

    • Katie Compton August 13, 2014 at 11:14 am

      I'm so excited!! I'm a teacher and this is my work week before kids start on Monday. Knowing this is cooking away while I'm at work makes me so happy. My 7yr old loves pork BBQ so she is excited too!! :). Thank you for all your wonderful recipes and tips!

  • TNGal77 August 12, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Just made this tonight & it was so yummy! Used 2 cans of Coke and Sweet Baby Ray's sauce. My daughter saw me pour the coke in and swore she wouldn't eat it. Came home from work/daycare and the whole house smelled so good, she ended up eating 2 sandwiches!

    Jenny – wasn't sweet at all but I'm sure that also depends on the sauce you use.

    Candice – we have a family of 4 and I have a 5 quart that's my "go to" cooker for most meals. For things like dips I have a smaller one.

  • holly tripp August 31, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Love this! We also used Coke and Sweet Baby Rays regular BBQ sauce. It was delicious and not too sweet at all. Will definitely be making this again. I love all your slow cooker recipes!

  • Dianne Robertson September 5, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    You can't tell me nothing now! I have made pulled pork! My husband loved it, he keeps talking about it! Thank you for this recipe that I could make in my sleep (so to speak, since I went to bed before it was done). I have a new weapon in my pot luck arsenal!

  • Amanda Bajin September 7, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Shay and Andrea—This recipe is so amazing!! Used two cokes, and the Rays sauce you recommended. We cooked it on high for only 7 hours, checked the pork and it was cooked through. Maybe we had a smaller size?! Any how, we put it on a potato sandwhich roll and added some shredded cheese. Also, left the onions in!!! So delicious, can't wait for leftovers tomorrow!! šŸ™‚

  • Caity Stuk September 11, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Just wanted to say I made this for the beginning of football sunday last weekend and ohhh my word!!! THE BEST pulled pork i've ever had!! thanks so much for sharing this recipe I already can't wait to make this again!!

  • Anonymous September 17, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    On accident I purchased pork shoulder blade steak. Is this ok? It's 2 lbs. if so, what are the cooking modification? I love love love your recipes šŸ™‚ Lindsay

  • Mix and Match Mama September 17, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Pork Shoulder Blade will work! Enjoy!

  • Anonymous October 10, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    So I made this earlier this week and it was fantastic. I absolutely love the longer cook time because I can start it before work and not worry that it will be overcooked by the time I get home.

    Before we added the BBQ sauce we pulled out half the meat and put it aside for tacos a couple nights later. Just thought I would share our taco meat recipe for the smaller families that can't eat that many pulled pork sandwiches!

    Sautee some garlic and onions in butter and once they're translucent add the shredded pork. Then add some salsa verde. We used about 8 oz. for probably 1.5 lbs of meat.

    Put that on a corn tortilla with some sour cream, avocados, tomatoes, and cilantro and it's seriously amazing. Enjoy!

  • Jennifer Solis November 3, 2014 at 3:31 am

    This was delicious!! Thanks Shay & Andrea!

  • bristol plasterers December 9, 2014 at 8:45 am

    yummy i love this combination, thanks for posting this up.


  • Ali February 16, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    I have a question–is it 8-10 hours if the meat is frozen or thawed? I'm going to make this Wednesday night!

  • Mix and Match Mama February 16, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    The meat is from the fridge, not frozen! Enjoy!!

  • Anonymous May 9, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Do you put salt and pepper the pork before adding the coke? Thanks:)

  • Mix and Match Mama May 9, 2015 at 11:52 am

    You don't need to salt and pepper it beforehand. Enjoy! You'll love it!

  • Emily Lodes October 20, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Has anyone tried root beer with this? It's what I have on hand.

    • Mix and Match Mama October 21, 2015 at 10:08 am

      I have!! Root Beer works out beautifully!!

  • Leticia Sangalang November 4, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    My roast was small (2 lbs) so I used one can of cola and cooked on high for 5 hrs. I used half bottle of bbq sauce (not a big name brand) and it was YUMMY! I'm looking forward to eating this the rest of the week!

  • Kaitlyn Creek December 4, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    I made this yesterday…it was amazing!!

  • Michelle In Hawaii January 19, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Do you think leftovers could be frozen and saved for another night? Or should it all be eaten in a few days?

  • Ll1314 February 4, 2016 at 5:30 am

    I have a 9lb pork butt I'm cooking for pot luck at small group. Any recommendations on how long to cook? I'm doubling the Coke/onions/sauce. Thanks šŸ™‚

  • Laura February 22, 2016 at 3:06 am

    I made this for the second time tonight! The first time I cooked it for about 10 hours and it was still very tough. So I did some research and found that I hadn't over cooked but rather undercooked it. Pork needs to get to about 185-200 degrees before its soft and shreddable apparently! So for my slow cooker (all clad) and an almost 4 lb pork butt that ended up taking a little over 12 hours!! But it is wonderful this time! Just thought I'd mention that it might take some people a good bit longer than the 8-10 hours so plan for that.