Your family is going to love eating Cherry Cola BBQ Pulled Pork on sandwiches, with potato salad or on BBQ nachos! It’s a simple recipe that can be thrown together and cooked low and slow in the oven or in the crock pot. A little salt and pepper, BBQ sauce and our secret ingredient of cherry cola make for a “fall apart” tender pork roast that you’re going to want to eat all the time!
I learned to make a BBQ pork roast when I moved to Tennessee. A sweet friend at the time showed me how to cook one up in the oven so that my family could enjoy pulled pork without having to run to a BBQ joint all the time.
SERVE THIS WITH: Creamy Southern Coleslaw
Now, of course, smoked pulled pork is the best. But if you don’t have a smoker, this little method will more than do in a pinch for creating melt in your mouth pork that your family won’t be able to resist!
Just look at that glaze and spice rub crust! That’s what we’re talking about right there! All it takes in a little salt and pepper and a few red pepper flakes rubbed into the pork before cooking. Then a good coat of BBQ sauce and sweet cherry cola create that shiny glaze that adds beau coup of flavor!
What You Need To Make Cherry Cola BBQ Pulled Pork
- 3-4 lb pork tenderloin or pork shoulder
- cherry cola (I use Cheerwine.)
- BBQ sauce (your favorite kind)
- salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper
But inside… That pork is fall apart tender and moist! It can easily be shredded with a fork and served up on a bun or just eaten right there. Which is what The Engineer is always wont to do.
He just can’t stop himself from coming by and eating a bite or two or three while I’m trying to get it served up. And that’s some kind of testament. Because if that native Texan (where brisket is king) loves it… well, you can bet your boots you will too!
Other BBQ Recipes You’ll Love!
- Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Thighs
- Shredded Chicken BBQ Sandwich (Crock Pot)
- Crock Pot BBQ Beef Pot Roast
- BBQ Sheet Pan Nachos
- Whiskey Peach BBQ Meatballs
- BBQ Pulled Pork & Peach Pizza
Cherry Cola BBQ Pulled Pork
- 3-4 lb pork tenderloin
- 12 oz cherry cola
- bbq sauce
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 1 Tbsp black pepper
- 2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- Mix together spices in a small bowl. Rub spices on the top and sides of the tenderloin.
- Place pork in a crock pot. Using a basting brush, coat the outside of the tenderloin with bbq sauce. Pour cherry cola over the top of the tenderloin. Cola should fill up the crock pot, covering the bottom half of the tenderloin.
- Cook on low in the crock pot for 7-9hrs.
So making this! Making my mouth water just looking at it!
I hope you love it! We sure do enjoy it around here.
Hi Stacey, This recipe looks both easy and delicious, so I have all of my ingredients on hand, and I’m going to be making this for our dinner tomorrow along with some baked sweet potatoes. I’ll let you now how we liked it.
Oh, please do! I am excited to hear how it turns out!
Hello Stacey, I made this for dinner last night, and we both loved it. In fact, we’re having the leftovers for dinner tonight. My husband told me that this recipe is a “keeper”, which is high praise from him since he is so picky. Thanks so much for the recipe, Stacey, and I’ll be sure to pass it along to my family and friends. Looking forward to trying some of your other recipes, too. I’ve already made the Red Velvet Trifle for a Valentine’s party, and everyone loved it. Take care!
How awesome! I am so glad your husband enjoyed it. I have some picky eaters too, so I feel honored to hear those words!! You really made my week by cooking this and loving it. (and the trifle too!) Thank you so very much. I can’t wait to hear what else you’re cooking up!
I am going to try this Memorial Day when I smoke my pork butt. What do you think about adding a splash of Jack Daniel’s? Love using it when smoking and grilling!
Hi, Jason! I think that sounds delicious! Perfect idea! Don’t forget to come back and let me know how it goes. Can’t wait!
If done in the oven, covered or uncovered? Looks great!
Hi, Bee! If you would like to cook this in the oven, leave it uncovered until it the pork gets a nice sticky glaze and maybe a little caramelized crust around the edges. Then tent a piece of foil over it to finish cooking. I can’t wait to hear all about it!
This looks right up my alley. The only question is if this is sweet tasting and may not be good for my diabetes…plus, I like to taste the meat and not have it sweet. Thank you
Can diet Dr. Pepper work? I’d also use very little BBQ sauce or look for sugar free. Thnk you!
Hi, Carmel! I haven’t made it with diet Dr. Pepper, but I think it would be worth a try. Let me know how it goes!