Sep 29

Slow Cooker Cola Pulled Pork Sliders

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe

This is the time of year I start giving my slow cooker a real workout. Busy school nights, Sunday dinners, and our favorite game day recipes, it never lets me down -- and this yummy pulled pork recipe is perfect for all of these occasions and more!

What's the secret to this amazing pulled pork recipe? Slow cooking a bone-in pork shoulder in your favorite cola beverage. You won't believe how tender and flavorful it turns out!

I'll let you in on another little secret, as well... There's no need to drop big money on a slow cooker with all of the bells and whistles. I have a number of crock-pots that retail at a wide range of price points, but my favorite is still this simple model with only three settings from Crock-Pot! Although I was lucky enough to snag mine for just $5 at a Black Friday sale several years ago, I personally think it's a steal at the $29.99 price.

Pulled Pork Recipe

My kids love this pulled pork recipe served on these cute little slider buns, especially when I spend a few extra minutes spreading on a touch of butter and toasting them to a golden brown. My favorite way to top them off is with some extra barbecue sauce drizzled on top, along with a few sweet bread and butter pickles -- such a fabulous flavor and texture combination.

Slow Cooker Cola Pulled Pork Sliders

Yield: 12-14 servings

Serving Size: 2 sliders

Slow Cooker Cola Pulled Pork Sliders


  • 5-6 lb. pork shoulder roast
  • 1 onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground chipotle chile powder
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 (8-oz.) cans cola
  • BBQ sauce
  • slider sandwich buns
  • butter
  • bread & butter pickles


  1. Plug in your slow cooker and turn it on to low. Trim any excess fat from the pork shoulder roast. Place the onion wedges in the bottom of the crockpot, and set the pork roast on top of them, fat side down.
  2. Sprinkle brown sugar, chipotle chile powder and dry mustard on top of the roast. Slowly pour in both cans of cola around the roast.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours, until the meat is tender and easy to pull apart.
  4. Remove the pork roast from the slow cooker to a platter and discard the onions. If you're planning to keep the pulled pork warm for awhile, reserve some of the juice to moisten it later on, otherwise you may discard it as well.
  5. Use two forks to gently pull the pork apart into shreds. Add in your favorite BBQ sauce as desired and mix well to combine.
  6. Spread the insides of the slider buns with butter and toast them over medium-high heat until golden brown.
  7. Serve pulled pork on the toasted slider buns, topped with bread & butter pickles and additional BBQ sauce as desired.

I'm planning to make this slow cooker pulled pork at our next tailgate party. It's such a delicious and budget-friendly way to feed a crowd, especially with the great deals that Kroger is offering on pork currently! Head over to to check out the new savings each week, as well a new delicious game day pork recipe that aligns with the weekly specials for inspiration.

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This post is brought to you by the National Pork Board and Kroger. All opinions are 100% mine.

by Tara | 8 comments

  • I know what I'm having for dinner tonight!

  • Lupe

    Why cook it fat side down? just curious - most recipes recommend cooking fat side up...

    • Good question, Lupe! Since we're cooking the roast in a slow cooker with a liquid, there's plenty of moisture and little chance of the roast drying out. Putting the fat side down, allows you to season the meat directly and not the fat which will mostly be discarded. When you're cooking a roast in the oven, you do want the fat side up so that the fat melts over the meat and keeps it moist.

  • GJ

    This sounds great!!!!! But I was wondering is using two cans of soda to much....and does it make it sweet? My daughter and I want to try this recipe.

  • Susan C. in NY

    Made this tonight--so good. Even the picky 5 year old ate it. :-) The cola does not make it sweet, just adds to the moisture and flavor. Thanks for a great recipe.

  • Howard

    Will a tenderloin work with this recipe

    • Sorry I missed this when you posted it, Howard! Unfortunately, a pork tenderloin is not a good substitute for pork should when making pulled pork. You'll end up with a very dry, overcooked piece of meat that won't shred at all.

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