6-Ingredient Root Beer Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on January 14, 2014

6-Ingredient Root Beer Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Slow cooker shredded pork (or beef) made with stevia-sweetened natural Ginger Root Beer, honey-sweetened barbecue sauce and a simple blend of dried spices.

Another Crock Pot recipe for the books!

This slow cooker pulled pork has become a main attraction on my Instagram and Facebook pages. I just cannot get enough of it.

Stuffed in a sweet potato, sprinkled over yam fries with a touch of garlic aioli, or mixed with steamed quinoa and roasted veggies.

Really, any way you decide to serve this… it’ll be amazing.

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And! Other shredded pork recipes call for upwards of 1 cup of brown sugar + regular ‘ol sugar-high root beer.

This recipe? Has none of that.

Natural, whole, goodness.

Through and through.

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6-Ingredient Root Beer Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
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Allergens: Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free
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Serves: 24
 
Slow cooker shredded pork (or beef) made with stevia-sweetened natural Ginger Root Beer, honey-sweetened barbecue sauce and a simple blend of dried spices.
Ingredients
  • 7 lbs. pork shoulder roast
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 cans natural stevia-sweetened root beer
  • 2 cups (500mL) gluten-free barbecue sauce
Instructions
  1. Remove the twine from the shoulder roast and place in your slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle the roast with paprika, garlic powder and onion powder.
  3. Pour the root beer along the side of the pork.
  4. Cover and cook, on low, for 9 hours.
  5. Drain the juices from the slow cooker, return the meat back to the slow cooker, shred with a fork.
  6. Stir in barbecue sauce and cook on low for 1 hour.
  7. Serve with a roasted sweet potato and veggies or a gluten-free wrap, bun or bread.
Notes
Root Beer: Any root beer here will do the trick. I used stevia-sweetened ginger root beer.

Barbecue Sauce: Any barbecue sauce would do the trick. I used a honey-sweetened (local) barbecue sauce. You can also make your own using this sugar-free barbecue sauce recipe.

Pork vs. Beef: to make this recipe leaner, swap out the pork for a sirloin roast. You can keep all of the ingredients the same except you’ll need 4 cans of root beer and you’ll need to cook on low for 12 hours instead.

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This recipe makes 24 servings and I had all 24 of them. Back to back to back for 24 awesome days.

Check out all the ways that I enjoyed it HERE.

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You’re a creative bunch. Other than stuffed in a bun, how else could you serve pulled pork?

 

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Brianne

Love this idea… I so wish I could find stevia-sweetened sodas here in Germany. :(
I’m making a similar dinner tonight — a roast in the crockpot with a jar of “golden peperoncini” dumped on top. Cooked all day and then shredded. Served on/in a sweet potato just like you show in your recipe above. Delicious!

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Zevia needs to come your way! They’re everywhere here right now. In time? Wow, that sounds awesome. What are you using for the sauce?

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Brianne

Agreed… And maybe. (but probably not!!! oh well)

As for the sauce, it really doesn’t need any. It’s so freakin’ good… You just pull the roast out of the brine when it’s all done, shred it up, and then place some of the peperoncinis on top. Pile the shredded meat and peperoncini peppers over the sweet potatoes that were cooking in there with it… And that’s it. I actually have a post on it: http://femfusionfitness.com/days-91-92-easiest-meal-ever-3-ingredient-dinner/

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Brianne

But on second thought, a bit of bbq sauce would be great on it as well. I put some “Frank’s Red Hot” sauce on it last night and it was delish.

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Caroline

Way down south in Nashville, I prefer to eat my pulled pork BBQ over a sweet, moist cornbread. Regionally speaking, the sides are usually baked beans and macaroni and cheese. For some reason in the South, we consider macaroni and cheese a vegetable…

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Cornbread! Oh my goodness. Yes! Mac and cheese a vegetable? You’ll have to explain that one to me… lol

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Emily | The Guest House

Yyyyessss! I want this so bad. Have you made this with beef before? I’m intrigued – never thought of making a pulled-style sauce w/ beef instead of pork!

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Yes, I have made it with beef! The instructions are in the recipe, all ready to go for you. So delicious. Ah!

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Jessica

Lots of ideas! I’ve put it in lettuce cups or served over a salad… on top of cucumbers and guacamole.. on an open sweet potato… on top of a cauliflower pizza crust.. scrambled with eggs or put into an omelette or on top of waffles for breakfast.. added into chili or queso for a dip.. in stuffed peppers.. but i have to say my favorite is sweet potato fries (or nachos) topped with pulled pork! Then you can add whatever works for your belly on top.. avocado, cheese, sauteed veggies etc

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Hey Jessica – love the lettuce cups idea. Cucumber, too! I’ll try that for sure. I still haven’t (successfully) tried cauliflower pizza. I bet a thin, thin omelet would be really good, too. Okay. Yes. I will try that tomorrow! All awesome ideas?!

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Ronnda

Zevia! It is the best soda EVER! When I saw your email and read the title with root beer I had a feeling it was going to be Zevia! :) I am looking forward to making this recipe!

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Gosh, I know! I’m officially in LOVE. What’s your favorite? Gotta say, the Ginger Root Beer… has my heart!

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Kika

Did it taste super sweet? That sauce has 10g sugar/2tbsp (albiet from honey). Very interesting-I just started trying meat after being vegan then vegetarian for 23 years. My family doesn’t love sweet, though.

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Kika

What I mean is, when its all cooked up is it super sweet or moderately so. Thank you-for all the wonderful recipes you share.

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Kika! It’s moderately sweet, if that. Really depends on what kind of barbecue sauce you use for it. I linked up to an awesome sugar-free barbecue sauce in the recipe… it’d be perfect for you!

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Jordan

OH LEANNE! I have been eyeing this pulled pork deliciousness all over instagram. I cannot wait to put it in my belly. I’m lovin all these ideas that everyone is posting, eat it in lettuce cups with guac?? I’m sold!
I want to try putting it in the recipe that Sonia at The Healthy Foodie just posted today. Sweet potato pie with this pulled pork?? I don’t think my taste buds can handle the overload.
http://thehealthyfoodie.com/2014/01/14/sweet-potato-and-ground-beef-pie/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheHealthyFoodie+%28Sonia%21+The+Healthy+Foodie%29

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Lettuce cups, yes! And the omelet idea? BRILLIANT! Definitely trying it tomorrow.
What the… how did I miss that recipe from Sonia? DUDE. I want to make that. And yes, BBQ pork awesomeness would be great in there. I’m sure of it. Wow.

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Erika Bryant

I was wondering if you are off grains now. I have not seen any grains lately and wondering if your digestion has gotten better. I feel when I eat a lot of meat I feel heavy and like its not digesting.
Thanks,
Erika bryant

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Hey Erika – I am kind of off grains. I haven’t been eating them all that much lately. A bit of quinoa.. and I’ll make pancakes on the weekend with a touch of rice flour in it but other than that? Nothing. I haven’t been getting stomach pains at ALL! None! And no cramps or bloating. Pretty amazing.

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Meg @ A Dash of Meg

i think i tell you this all the time – you just simply amaze me girl. omg you are so genius – i would have never thought of this – can’t wait to make it

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Can you get Zevia out East? So amazing. Ah! <3

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Meg @ A Dash of Meg

you bet !! :D

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lauren

OMG I am making this as soon I go to the store! Love the colors and the obvious: Root beer+pork+BBQ sauce. Sounds so freaking good!
PS just made your quinoa pumpkin spice breakfast bake and it was amazing! My husband asked for 2nds :)

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

The color is pretty amazing, right? I LOVE the look.
Two rounds of pumpkin spice breakfast bake! YES! That’s my kinda eatin’ ;) Glad you two enjoyed it!

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Josie

OMG I think I’m in love! Stuffed in a sweet potato!? Awesome recipe!! This is getting bookmarked for sure. Thanks for sharing. ;)

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Catherine Noye

what about over spaghetti squash?? or kale?

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Brooke Berger

Hi Leanne,

This sounds AMAZING, but I do have a question about subbing the garlic and onion powder ingredients. My boyfriend is allergic to both so could I swap it with one chopped white onion and 3 – 4 cloves of minced garlic?? That should work right??

Thank you and I love this website. :)

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Hey Brooke – for sure, that would work! Enjoy :)

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Sarah

What an innovative recipe! I love the idea of using Zevia; very creative! I may try this with pork tenderloin (which I often sub for the more fatty pork shoulder roast)! Thank you for the yummy sounding recipe!

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Renata

Hi!

Has anyone tried doing this recipe with jackfruit instead of meat? I would love to make this vegan, and I’m thinking that it could be done in that way (similar to jackfruit carnitas).

:)

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Wow, that’s a great idea! I would love to hear how it goes for you if you give it a shot!

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Kimberly

Made this for the hubs last night. I used smoked paprika and Podnah’s BBQ sauce. It was so tasty. Saving the recipe for sure!!

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Alexandra Rutherford

My god i need to make this again. too good

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