Braised Pulled Pork

This braised pull pork is cooked very, very slowly in cola, apple cider, beer and spices for the ultimate exquisite flavor. It is easy to make as it practically cooks itself.

We are going to brown the meat, deglaze the pan and scrape off the delicious and flavorful brown bits at the bottom of our pan, add the braising liquid and let it braise in the oven for four are going to love, love this.

Once our pork is cooked we will pull it apart and mix it with bbq sauce. This is not completely necessary as this meat is extremely tasty but the bbq sauce will complete it. You can make your own or buy your favorite brand.

You can definitely make this in a slow cooker if you like. Just brown the pork before starting so you don’t have that boiled consistency.

Here is what you are going to need for this delicious braised pulled pork recipe:

Serves twelve
6 pounds pork shoulder
1 large white onion, sliced
1 head garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
12 thyme sprigs
2 cups Coke
1 cup apple cider
1 12 oz. bottle beer
1/2 cup cider vinegar
Salt and Pepper
Olive oil

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Rinse and pat dry the pork. Season generously with salt and pepper. Rub with paprika.

Pork Rubbed in Paprika.

Heat a braising pan with some olive oil. Brown the pork evenly on all sides. Remove from pan. Discard all but 2 tablespoons of any rendered fat.

Browned Pork.

Add the onions and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until soft and translucent. Add a splash of water to the pan and scrape off all the brown bits from the bottom. Layer the garlic and thyme on top of the onions.

Return the meat to the pan and place on top of the onion, garlic and thyme. In a bowl, whisk together the Coke, beer, cider and vinegar. Add the liquid to your pot. Bring the liquid to a soft boil and cover. Place the braising pan into the oven and braise for 4 hours.

Remove the pan from the oven and allow the meat to cool down. Pull the pork apart, using two forks. Place it in a large skillet. Add enough barbecue sauce to coat it and mix it well without mashing the meat.

Cola Braised Pulled Pork

Heat through and serve in a roll with pickles and extra barbecue sauce if desired. This goes well with Cole slaw. Enjoy!

Chipotle Pulled Pork.

NOTE: You can make this pork in a crock-pot if desired. Simply brown the meat and add all of the ingredients. Cook on high for 6 to 7 hours.

Print the Cola Braised Pulled Pork Recipe Here

My name is Mary Ann Allen and I am here to help you get organized so you can save money on groceries and feed your family healthy, nutritious food. My multi-cultural cooking background comes from being born in the US and raised in Bolivia. I have 5 kids and own around 400 cook books. I absolutely love to cook!

1 Comment

  • June 26, 2010


    It sounds fantastic