Slow Cooker Coca Cola Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Coca Cola Pulled Pork: my families favorite easy recipe for bbq pulled pork is made in a slow cooker or instant pot and only uses five ingredients!

When I moved to Florida, from Texas, I discovered something truly heart breaking for this BBQ loving girl.

Floridians have NO IDEA what a brisket is. None. In Florida it’s all ribs, chicken and pulled pork.

In Texas, BBQ = Brisket. Brisket is a tough piece of beef that is smoked until it is deliciously tender.

It is served with a warm, tangy, thin — almost spicy — bbq sauce. And it’s my favorite thing ever.

Then we moved to Florida and my bbq ways had to be adjusted. In Florida, they always use a sweet, thick BBQ sauce.

My family and I were originally surprised after stopping at multiple places claiming they had the BEST BBQ EVER, to find pulled pork.

But after trying it multiple times, and having it made in different ways, we discovered that we do enjoy it.

It is definitely not the same as a true Texas Brisket…but it does make for a tasty crockpot dinner!

I love my pulled pork made with Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce and served with tons of onions, pickles and on a potato bun.

This recipe is crazy simple and only calls for FIVE easy ingredients that you dump in a crock pot!

We always use coca cola, but you can use any dark soda you prefer (like Dr. Pepper or even diet soda).

You drain out all of the soda before you shred the meat, so you really aren’t eating all of that soda. It’s just a cooking method.

We use a ton of garlic salt and chili powder, because as I said, most of it will be removed when you dump out the soda from the pot.

The recipe calls for a pork butt or shoulder, but know you can use other cuts of pork as well.

I even use pork tenderloins and it shreds great as well, it’s just a leaner cut of pork.

UPDATE: This post has been updated on 5/31/18, but the recipe is still the same! I just added new photos and a video! 

Slow Cooker Coca Cola Pulled Pork


  • 1 (3 lb) pork butt (or picnic roast or pork shoulder)
  • 2 liter Coke
  • 3 tablespoons garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cup BBQ sauce (I recommend Sweet Baby Ray’s Original)


  1. Place pork into crock pot and season entire pork with garlic salt and chili powder.
  2. Pour the coke in adding just enough coke to almost cover pork — you do not need to cover meat completely.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours. It can cook longer, no worries if it has to sit a little longer.
  4. Remove pork from crock pot and discard 97% of coke mixture…leaving just a little behind to help moisten the pork.
  5. Place the pork back into the crockpot (or in a large bowl) and then use two large forks to shred the meat.
  6. Add BBQ sauce and combine (above it says 1 to 1 1/2 cups BBQ sauce, which just means add as much, or as little, as you like).
  7. Leave slow cooker on low, or warm, to keep things hot until you are ready to serve.
  8. Store leftovers in the fridge, in an airtight conatiner, for up to 5 days.
  9. INSTANT POT: Cook on manual high pressure for 75 minutes. Do a natural pressure release. Then follow directions from #4 down.


Other delicious ways to use any pulled pork leftovers:

Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Pulled Pork Crescent Ring

Pulled Pork Taquitos

Pulled Pork Corn Chip Pie

Pulled Pork and Caramelized Onion Quesadillas


Above is the original photo from 2010!

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