Sweet & Spicy Bourbon Pulled Pork

Make sure you save this slow cooker pulled pork recipe, because it's one of the best out there! Spicy barbecue sauce, cola, and a splash of bourbon all work together to make each bite a sweet and spicy explosion of flavor.

Sweet & Spicy Bourbon Pulled Pork
Photo: Brie Passano
Prep Time:
20 mins
Slow Cook Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
20 mins
8 sandwiches


  • 2 pound boneless pork shoulder, trimmed

  • Salt and black pepper

  • 1 large sweet onion, cut into thin wedges

  • 1 18 ounce bottle (1 3/4 cups) hot and spicy barbecue sauce

  • 1 cup Dr. Pepper carbonated beverage, cola, or root beer (not diet)

  • ¼ cup bourbon

  • 8 hamburger buns or kaiser rolls, split and toasted

  • 1 recipe Creamy Coleslaw or deli coleslaw (optional)

Creamy Coleslaw

  • cup mayonnaise

  • cup sour cream

  • 2 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 2 teaspoon sugar

  • ½ teaspoon celery seed

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 4 cup shredded red and/or green cabbage

  • 1 cup shredded carrot (2 medium)


  1. If needed, cut meat to fit into a 3 1/2- or 4-qt. slow cooker. Sprinkle meat with salt and pepper. Place onion wedges in the cooker. Top with meat.

  2. In a large bowl stir together barbecue sauce, carbonated beverage, and bourbon; pour over meat. Cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours or high 4 to 5 hours.

  3. Remove meat from cooker. Shred meat using two forks and place in a bowl. Using a slotted spoon, remove onion from cooking liquid and add to meat. Skim fat from cooking liquid. Stir enough of the cooking liquid into meat mixture to moisten. Fill buns with meat mixture and, if desired, top with Creamy Coleslaw.

Creamy Coleslaw

  1. Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, sugar, celery seed, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in cabbage and carrot. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Store in the refrigerator up to 24 hours. Stir before serving. Makes 3 1/2 cups.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

394 Calories
8g Fat
45g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 394
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 1355mg 59%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 70.7mg 5%
Iron 2.9mg 16%
Potassium 524mg 11%
Folate, total 60.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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