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3-ingredient bbq pulled pork

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3-Ingredient Barbecue Pulled Pork so delicious and the easiest meal to make in the slow cooker.

Besides my love for chocolate and peanut butter, I have another love that’s not on the sweet-side: BBQ. I even worked at a BBQ restaurant when I was in high school! I’ve always loved the sweet and tangy taste of BBQ and the burnt wood smell from the smoking. It always makes my mouth water and I’m obsessed with BBQ sauce. Jason says I use BBQ sauce like people use ketchup. It’s true — I use BBQ sauce on mostly everything and anything you can dip (well, obviously not like a banana or strawberries lol). Chicken tenders for me are always coated in honey mustard and BBQ sauce, my fries are always dipped in BBQ sauce, my steaks are never in A1, I dip them in BBQ. Yeah, it’s kind of an obsession and by some people’s standards, they think it’s gross. I always have a bottle of BBQ sauce on hand too. I might as well start jarring my own, right?

When I saw this recipe, I was so excited to try it. 3 ingredients and you basically let it cook itself. There’s hardly any work involved! Not to mention, it turned out FREAKING AWESOME. It was the most tender, moist, and flavorful BBQ shredded pork I’ve ever had. I seriously was contemplating opening up a BBQ joint after this (kidding). It helps too if you have awesome BBQ sauce. You must try making this yourself. It will become a regular on your menu and it’s seriously the easiest and most hands-free recipe out there. You basically let the slow-cooker do all the work! I let mine cook overnight while I was sleeping and I woke up to the most marvelous smell! Although, at 5:30am, it wasn’t exactly what I really wanted to smell, but nonetheless, it smelled great!

3-ingredient bbq pulled pork

3-Ingredient Barbecue Pulled Pork so delicious and the easiest meal to make in the slow cooker
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 2 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin
  • 12 ounce can of root beer
  • 18 ounce bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 4 hamburger buns

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  • Put the pork in the slow cooker.
  • Pour the root beer over the pork.
  • Turn your slow cooker on low and let it cook for 6-7 hours.
  • After 6-7 hours, take out your pork and set it on a cutting board.
  • Dump out the root beer from the slow cooker.
  • Shred your pork. It'll probably fall apart easily. You can do this with a fork. I did mine with the tongs I used to get the pork out.
  • Put the shredded pork back in the slow cooker and pour all the BBQ sauce on top. Mix it around to coat every piece of pork.
  • Let this cook for about another 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Serve with warm hamburger buns and don't be shy with the filling!

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: slow cooker recipes


Recipe Rating


Monday 25th of March 2019

This is my new go-to pulled pork recipe. Its super easy, great tasting, and just the right amount for my small family. The only thing I did different was add a chopped onion with the root beer and pork; I mixed the onion with the pulled pork after draining the root beer.

Julie Wampler

Monday 25th of March 2019

Glad you enjoyed!


Tuesday 16th of June 2015

I just made this while i was sleeping, i cant wait to try it!!!!


Friday 17th of October 2014

Hi Julie, my pork shoulder is 4lb, will I need to double the root beer and BBQ sauce too? and will I need to cook it longer?


Friday 17th of October 2014

Hi Amy, yes you'll need to double everything since your pork shoulder is double the weight of what I have listed in the ingredients. It'll likely need to cook longer, yes. Try 9-10 hours.


Tuesday 11th of February 2014

Thanks for the recipe! I'm going to use Dr Pepper instead of Root Beer but plan on following all your other instructions to a T! Can't wait to try this out.


Tuesday 11th of February 2014

Great! I hope you enjoy, Liz!

Christina Giles

Wednesday 3rd of July 2013

Hi Julie! I read that you cooked yours overnight... I have about 16lbs of pork loin(2 8lb. loin) I put it in the oven at 8pm at 225 degrees. I plan on cooking it all night until about 6am. Any suggestions?


Thursday 4th of July 2013

Hi Christina! I cooked mine overnight in a slow-cooker/crockpot so I'm not sure I'm the right person to ask for cooking this overnight in an oven! Hope it turned out!