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Looking for a new recipe for your slow cooker?  How about an awesome recipe for Spicy Dr. Pepper Pork Tacos?!?  DE-LISH!

Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper Pork Tacos

My husband and I are in love with this recipe.  I’m convinced that it should be served in a restaurant somewhere.  It’s that good.

These Slow Cooker Spicy Dr. Pepper Pork Tacos are my crockpot version of The Pioneer Woman’s Baked Dr. Pepper Pork.  I’m sure it would taste delicious baked for six hours, but I’m much rather put everything in my slow cooker and forget about it.

The shredded pork is sweet and subtly spicy.  The taste of Dr. Pepper makes it totally different than the cranberry pork roast and party pork roast that I make, and it’s uh-mazing.  I don’t normally buy soda pop, but I will make an exception for this recipe every so often.  Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Spicy Dr. Pepper Pork Tacos

Yields: 4-6 servings, depending on the size of roast

Ingredients

  • 3-5lb bone-in pork shoulder roast (sometimes labeled as “Boston butt” or “pork butt roast”)
  • 1 medium-sized onion, peeled and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups of Dr Pepper (2 cans or, if you’re like me and don’t want to have a case of Dr. Pepper around the house, you can buy a quart and drink what’s left or pour it down the sink.)
  • 7oz can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

Chipotle peppers

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to your slow cooker and cook on “low” setting for 8 hours.  (You’ll know it’s done when the meat easily falls off the bone.)
  2. Use a fork and knife to separate meat from the bone and shred meat.
  3. Return shredded meat to slow cooker, and stir to combine with juice.

To Freeze and Cook Later

  1. Combine all ingredients in a gallon-sized plastic freezer bag and freeze for up to three months.  (For the best taste, I recommend waiting to add the Dr. Pepper until the day of cooking.)
  2. Thaw.
  3. Dump bag into slow cooker and add Dr. Pepper.
  4. Cook on “low” setting for 8 hours.  (You’ll know it’s done when the meat easily falls off the bone.)
  5. Use a fork and knife to separate meat from the bone and shred meat.
  6. Return shredded meat to slow cooker, and stir to combine with juice.

Serve on soft tortillas with lettuce and cheese.  YUM.

Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper Pork Tacos

Thoughts or questions?  Please leave a comment below and I’ll respond as soon as I can.  I’d love to hear from  you. 

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[…] Slow Cooker Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork from New Leaf Wellness (Recipe origin:  Pioneer Woman) […]

Tonya
Tonya
7 years ago

Do you put the whole can with the peppers and sauce in the crockpot? Last recipe I made with the peppers in adobo sauce was soooo spicy we couldn’t even eat it!

Chelsea Swain
Chelsea Swain
7 years ago

What would you recommend replacing the spicy peppers with to make it more kid friendly?

Sharla
Sharla
6 years ago
Reply to  Kelly McNelis

Do you think a can of diced tomatoes would work just as well Kelly?

Jenni Rash
Jenni Rash
7 years ago

Can you make this for a freezer meal?

Amanda
Amanda
6 years ago
Reply to  Kelly McNelis

Do you pre-cook this to make it a freezer meal? Then add the Dr. P when reheating…. how long do you reheat it at this point if you pre-cook this??

And how long can leftovers be kept frozen for before throwing out?

Sorry for all the questions, new at this. Thanks in advance for your help.

Amanda
Amanda
6 years ago
Reply to  Kelly McNelis

How long can it be kept frozen before cooking? Up to 3 months?

stacy
stacy
7 years ago

I wonder if you can use diet dr. pepper?

mindy
7 years ago
Reply to  Kelly McNelis

I was looking to see if someone had made this with diet pop as there is so much sugar in regular pop. I have made roasts before with diet and I like it. The sugar does add a lot of flavor – but it’s not sweet. With diet pop, it’s still very good.

Sandi
Sandi
7 years ago
Reply to  mindy

I make it with Diet Dr. Pepper all the time and we love it. I have made it with regular Dr. Pepper and personally think it’s a bit too sweet.

Lindsay Guenther
Lindsay Guenther
7 years ago

Made this for my hubby tonight and it was SO GOOD. Made homemade wheat tortillas to go with it and it was fabulous. Thank you!