Root Beer Pulled Pork

Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwich

Adjusted from Caryn Ross’s recipe found here:

Prep Time: 15 min; Inactive Prep Time: — Cook Time: 8 hr 15 min

Level: Easy

Serves: 8 sandwiches


  • 1 pork butt/shoulder (about 2 pounds), cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon seasoning salt
  • 1 bottle Grand Teton Root Beer
  • 4 tsp applewood liquid smoke (for smokier flavor, use up to 4 ounces)
  • 1 cup Sassy Sauce, recipe follows
  • 8 hamburger buns
  • Spicy bread and butter pickle chips and sliced onion, for serving


root beer pulled pork

Place the pork in the bottom of a slow cooker and sprinkle with the seasoning salt. Pour the root beer and liquid smoke over the top. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours. Once the pork is done, remove from the pan and shred with a fork. Place into a bowl and add in the Sassy Sauce, as well as 1/2 cup of the juice from the slow cooker. Serve on a bun with pickles and onions.

Sassy Sauce:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

To make the sauce, add the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard to a medium saucepan. Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes. Remove and serve with pulled pork sandwiches. Makes 1 1/2 cups.