Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches

These Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches are made from only 3 ingredients and are great for feeding a crowd.3-Ingredient Root Beer Pulled Pork - great for feeding a crowd.

I don’t know what world I’ve been living in but apparently everyone in the world has a recipe for a go-to pulled pork sandwich besides me. Kind of like when I was dating my husband and he mentioned the movie Goonies and found out that I had never seen it. “What?”…”What world did you grow up in?” Am I the only person that didn’t see that movie in my childhood?3-Ingredient Root Beer Pulled Pork - great for feeding a crowd.

Anyway, there are only 3 ingredients to these super simple pork sandwiches. And if you don’t have a recipe for pulled pork sandwiches, this is the one for you.Β The pork is cooked in root beer all day long. You could use any flavor of soda really like Dr.Pepper or Coke but I prefer root beer. The root beer acts as a tenderizer and after soaking in it all day, the pork practically melts in your mouth. After cooking, drain the root beer and add your favorite BBQ sauce to the shredded meat. I used a pork tenderloin here but you could use a pork shoulder or butt which have more flavor but also more fat to pick out.

3-Ingredient Root Beer Pulled Pork - great for feeding a crowd.
Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Prep Time
22 hrs 14 mins
Cook Time
22 hrs 14 mins
Servings: 8
  • 1 2 pound pork shoulder or butt (tenderloin can be used for a leaner option)
  • 1 12 ounce can of root beer
  • 1 18 ounce bottle of barbecue sauce
  • 8 hamburger buns
  1. Place the pork 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. After pork has cooked, drain and discard the root beer. Shred the pork and place it back in 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.
3-Ingredient Root Beer Pulled Pork - great for feeding a crowd.

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  1. Such a good movie! You must’ve had a deprived childhood ;-). But these sounds wonderful, root beer in my #1 favorite non-alcoholic drink!

  2. I made this version years ago and remember it being tasty. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. I must have been deprived in my childhood too. I didn’t see the goonies until I was married. It happens to be one of my husbands favorite movies. I am going to try these this week! Can’t wait!

  4. Sounds yummy! Do you think it’d work with chicken?

  5. Easy is my favorite kind of recipe. Can’t wait to try this!

  6. Regarding Goonies: you aren’t the only one. I never saw it as a kid, then my husband forced me to watch a bit of it when he came across it on tv one day.
    And I said it was ridiculous, got up and left.
    You would have thought I killed the president or something.

  7. I use this same recipe, I got it from, via a friend of mine. LOVE IT!! She gave me this little tip … make a mixture of salt, pepper, and garlic, and rub it on the pork before putting it in the crock pot. Adds a little extra kick!

  8. Love this recipe! My mom made it for our groomal shower (I think we made that word up but he got tools and manly things). Everyone loved it and it fit perfect for the party!

  9. My husband couldn’t believe I had never watched The Sandlot before. I think he bought the movie that night and made me watch it.

    I’ve seen some of these cola-pulled pork recipes around the internet and I think I’m finally going to try one out. Yours looks delicious.

  10. Looks so yummy. You always do such a great job.

    Love ya!

  11. I too never saw Goonies as a child and was forced to watch it when my husband found out. He had a similar reaction to your husband’s. He actually called my mom and told her she failed me in my raising. πŸ™‚ I’ve tried a recipe similar to this with chicken but it burned horribly and I’ve never tried it again. I’ll give it a shot with the pork next time I buy some.

  12. Mmm, I could dream about those sandwiches all day long.

  13. If anyone gives you a hard time for never having seen the Goonies, just tell them that you must be younger than they think.

  14. I’ve been looking for another pulled pork idea, this one is perfect for our Friday night dinner, thanks! Also, I was forced to watch Goonies before my husband and I got married because he couldn’t stand the idea of marrying me before I had watched his very favorite movie. I really still don’t understand his love affair with it, but I guess he doesn’t understand my love affair with cheesie girl movies, so we’re even.

  15. Looks super yum! Can’t wait to try it out. I live in the BBQ Belt but have never made it myself. Thanks for the info, just pinned it!
    Laurie from

  16. I never saw Goonies growing up either and I still haven’t! Somehow though, I have managed to survive πŸ˜‰

  17. Glad I’m not the only one who was deprived.

    I think chicken would work too but I haven’t tried it. You would definitely have to cook it for less time.

  18. Wha? you never saw Goonies??!! Whats up wid dat? : )
    JK These look so yummy. Great pictures.

  19. Mmmm! I make these all the time and put them on home made buns and honestly, they are the best. They are super easy but soooo delicious.

  20. I have a dumb question. Do you just put it in a slow cooker and cover it with root beer and let it go? Thanks!

  21. I’m losing motivation to cook dinner, I need recipes like this! Looks great!

  22. What timing! I have a pork shoulder in the crockpot as we speak! But I used a bottle of amber beer…first time to try this but I’ve read great reviews.

  23. @Jennifer,
    Not a dumb question. I realized I didn’t make the recipe link very big at the bottom. If you click on the link at the bottom or any of the pictures it will take you to the recipe. But yes, basically you cover the pork butt, shoulder, or loin in root beer and let it cook for 6 hours, then drain the root beer, shred it and add BBQ sauce.

  24. I, too, have used beer with pork recipes, but never root beer. How intriguing! πŸ˜‰

  25. Yum! This sounds divine especially with root beer!!:)

  26. Was thinking that pulled pork would be a lot harder to make, this doesn’t sound hard at all. Great recipe, thanks so much for sharing, I think I know what I can make and take for Memorial Day bbq.

    • It is super easy! I haven’t tried this recipe, but I’m going to. Normally I do a dry rub and let it sit for a night before slow cooking it with chicken broth. I let people add their own bbq sauce on the buns and use the leftovers for burritos, scrambled eggs, etc. I can’t wait to try this recipe. πŸ™‚

  27. I have seen the Goonies, but I was not until I was in my early 20s.
    But I have never made pulled pork. Here in Texas I grew up on mainly beef BBQ, so brisket sandwiches are the norm. This looks wonderful and I am going to have to try it.

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  29. I made this using a ham and it was really yummy also. Thank You!

  30. I made this recipe for the first time a week or so ago after seeing it on I added liquid smoke in addition to the bbq sauce, it was easy and tasted great!

  31. I added your button to my blog πŸ™‚

  32. I loved the Goonies too… So much adventure in that movie! But it didn’t go over so well with my kids – guess it’s an 80s thing. Pulled pork sandwiches are 1 of my 3 favorite sandwiches… This recipe looks great!

  33. I didn’t see The Goonies until I was an adult either :p

    I can’t wait to try this with the root beer. I love Dr. Pepper, but I’ll drink that on the side πŸ˜‰

  34. That looks so stinkin’ good and I don’t even like root beer!

  35. Made these last night and it was seriously the best bbq pork sand I’ve ever had!! I love the flavor the root beer gives it!! Thank you!

  36. These look amazing! I’ve pinned them and hope to make them soon!

    I’ll join the ranks of those who never saw Goonies as a kid – and my husband and friends thought it was crazy (I would’ve gotten the same reaction if I’d said I don’t breath air, lol)
    Then it was on tv and my hubzy “made” me watch it……hmm, really?? I just don’t see what the big deal is, but maybe it’s a nostalgia thing. =)

    Mara @ Super Savings

  37. My freshmen roommates took it upon themselves to make sure I watched Goonies. They couldn’t believe I’d never seen it!

  38. O.M.G!!! This looks amazing and I need one right now! Please!!!

  39. Aaaamazing!

  40. This absolutely makes the best bbq ever. Really. The hardest part was keeping the root beer from my family until I made the recipe.

  41. I did not have Root Beer so I used Cream Soda. This is an amazing recipe will use it again.


    WTF… Discard the root beer??? i would drink it what a waste!!! but awesome feed none the less πŸ˜‰

  43. I always use pork butt which is really pork shoulder, for pulled pork. In this one you are draining off the liquid so the fat goes with it. I sounds delish!

  44. I made these over the weekend. AMAZING! My husband even ate leftover’s the next day……this NEVER happens πŸ™‚ I was cooking 4 lbs so I used 20 oz’s of root beer. Still cooked on low for 6 hrs. I had a hard time getting it out of the crock pot because it just fell apart (not complaining) πŸ™‚ I drained the root beer and added “KC Masterpiece Original) sauce. Not as much as the recipe calls for but enough to hold the pork together. This way if someone wanted it more saucy they could add more to their sandwich.
    I must say I was a little apprehensive about not adding other spices, not even salt or pepper. But I stuck with just the root beer and pork loin and I wasn’t disappointed. Thanks again for the recipe!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Glad you liked it. You can definitely add salt and pepper to season it but other than that it needs nothing.

  45. I only have Diet Root Beer . . . do you think that will work ok?

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Diet soda definitely gives it a different less rich taste and I recommend not using it. But if you have to, you have to.

  46. Can I use coke or ginger ale instead of root beer? It’s all I have.

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  48. The Goonies must be a guy thing because I never watched it during my childhoood either! My husband was also in utter disbelief when he heard I had never watched it. Anyway, this recipe looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it! πŸ™‚

  49. Do you think this would work with chicken breasts or thighs?

    Sounds SOOOOOoooo delicious but I’m allergic to pork….

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Absolutely. Thighs tend to hold their moisture more in the slow cooker so I prefer those but I’ve done it with breasts too.

  50. After years of shredding my pulled pork with a fork…I discovered the EASY way to do it. Separate the fatty part from the pork. Then use your mixer! Use the paddle beaters, “mix” it a fist sized chunk at a time…

    Voila, pulled pork without the stress and strain!

  51. Made this last night and it was terrible. It was only edible because of the amount of BBQ sauce. I cooked mine 4 hours on low and it was super tough and dried out. The rootbeer was kind of pointless as it didn’t flavor the meat or anything so it was basically just pork with tons of BBQ Sauce. Definitely nothing special.

  52. I have a 4 lb pork shoulder, should I adjust the cooking time?

  53. I’m wondering if it would change things if I used a diet root beer? We only have diet drinks in our home. I had planned to make pulled pork sandwiches for my husbands birthday in a couple of days. Thanks in advance, Renita

  54. This looks really good. Might have to give this a go.

  55. I just love a good easy slow cooker recipe (it’s hot, I’m not turning on my oven unless my life depends on it). Thanks for sharing this! P.S. I love your blog name!!

  56. I have made this with chicken and pork. Both were a big hit! I don’t put the BBQ sauce on it. I just let guest dress it with as much as they want. It is a wonderful recipe. I am never disappointed!