Crockpot Recipe: Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork

This is such a simple and so delicious recipe. Now I can’t take full credit for this, because I originally saw it on The Pioneer Women, but she cooked it in a dutch oven and roasted it in the oven for 6 hours. I adapted it and used my crock pot instead and it came out perfectly.


1. Chop up 1 large onion and put it in your crock pot.

2. Set 1 whole pork shoulder (or otherwise known as pork butt) on top of the onions.

3. Season with salt & pepper.

4. Dump 1 can (11oz) of Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce (use less if you want a milder taste)

5. Pour 2 cans of Dr. Pepper, trust me on this one.

6. Set the heat on low and let it cook for 6-10 hours.


The sugars from the Dr. Pepper makes the meat so sweet and super tender and juicy and the chipotle peppers add in a nice spice. Serve it with flour tortillas and top with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, salsa … you get the idea!


  • Tracee

    So I’m guessing diet dr. pepper wouldn’t work?

    • MommaBird

      I’ve never tried it with diet, but I think it would still work. There’s still a lot of sweetness in the diet Dr. Pepper that would flavor the meat.

  • Karin

    I just printed this out to make this weekend. This looks SO delish!!!!

  • Kim

    I actually tried this recipe off of the Pioneer Woman website as well, and was surprised in how lacking it was in flavor? I was super curious to see what flavor the Dr. Pepper would bring, but it was seriously lacking. The meat was nice and tender, but just tasted like regular old pork with a bit of heat from the chipotles. I did use the Diet Dr. Pepper, so maybe that was it. Using 2 cans instead of 1 might be the difference too?

    • MommaBird

      Hmm.. that’s odd. I’ve made this a few times, and I thought it always came out really flavorful and spicy (I used the full can of Chipotle peppers and regular Dr. Pepper). After covering the pork with the two cans of Dr. Pepper, it almost covered the un-cooked pork in the crock pot, so maybe two cans makes a difference.

    • Tressie Mitchell

      You have to use 24 oz. real Dr Pepper…diet doesn’t have sugar, so you don’t get the same flavor. I actually double the brown sugar. I’ve made it in the oven and the crock pot and it always turns out melt in your mouth tender and delicious. My kids say it’s “sweet with a spicy kick” and they love it.

  • Cherlyn

    This looks delicious! 2 cans?! Really?! OK, I’ma trust ya! So no diet dr. pepper eh? just the regular kind? THANKS for posting this and reminding me about Pioneer Woman!

  • Tracee

    I’ll use a whole can of chipoltes and regular Dr. Pepper too. I normally roast off some tomatillos, poblanos, jalapenos, onion, tomatoes and garlic. I then puree all of that and add a can of Rotel Hot and use that to cook my pork or chuck roast. We use the meat for tacos, enchiladas, and jacked up nachos. We like everything HOT!

  • 444

    This looks so good. I can’t wait to try it.