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Pulled Pork Sandwiches

With just three ingredients, you can put together these amazingly delicious pulled pork sandwiches. It will taste like you spent all afternoon in the kitchen, but it'll be our little secret that you only spent 15 minutes putting these together!
Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Servings 8 sandwiches


  • Slow Cooker, Instant Pot, Crock Pot


  • 2 pound pork tenderloin
  • 1 12 ounce bottle of root beer, any brand
  • 1 18 ounce bottle of barbecue sauce, any brand
  • salt to taste
  • 8 hamburger buns

Optional Toppings:

  • cilantro
  • pickled carrots and daikon
  • onions
  • coleslaw
  • pineapple


  • Place the pork in the slow cooker or Instant Pot; pour the root beer over the meat.
  • Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. The center of the meat should reach between 145°F and 160°F. (See notes for Instant Pot cooking times).
  • Take the cooked pork out of the cooker and shred the pork using two forks. The meat should pull apart easily. Pour out any reaming root beer and discard.
  • Return the meat to the slow cooker, and stir in the barbecue sauce. Add salt to taste.
  • Serve over hamburger buns and garnish with the toppings of your choice.


Cooking Times:
For a standard crockpot or slow cooker, cook for 4 hours on high heat or 8 hours on low heat.
For an instant Pot, the low heat setting doesn't seem to cook at a high enough temperature. So I set the Instant Pot to the slow cook mode and set it to high heat, cooking for at least 8 hours.