Posted July 17, 2012 by Nick Lindauer in Recipes

Chipotle Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

This recipe sounds weird, I know – but trust me, it’s delicious. Put it on a sandwich, tacos or nachos. That’s if you can resist just eating it by itself. This is a great weekend recipe – start it in the morning and by dinner time you have something fantastic to eat. And it’ll clear your sinuses.


  • 2 onions, peeled and quartered
  • 1 whole pork butt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cans of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (7 oz. cans)
  • 3/4 of a bottle of Dr. Pepper
  • 4 tablespoons of brown sugar

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and then place the onions in the bottom of the pan. I used my trusty dutch oven Le Crueset for this – I think I’ve had this pan for almost 10 years now.

Step 2: Place the pork butt on top of the onions (I trimmed the fat cap off of mine), season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3: Pour the chipotles over the pork butt – 2 cans will do it.

Step 4: Pour in 3/4 of the bottle of Dr. Pepper into the pan – you want enough to cover 3/4 of the pork butt. It’ll bubble up – but don’t worry.

Step 5: Stir in the brown sugar – that’ll get the bubbles to go down.

Step 6: Cover the pot and cook for at least 6 hours – flipping the butt 2-3 times (every 2 hours). Your house will smell wonderful – so make sure you have something to eat for lunch because the smell alone will make you hungry.

Step 7: When it’s done, it’s fork tender – it’ll pull apart/be falling apart when you take it out of the oven.

Step 8: Remove the butt from the pot and shred with a fork.

Step 9: Strain/spoon the fat off the top of the sauce and then put in a blender (make sure you let this cool first) and blend – then pour back into the pot and add the meat. Stir. Eat. Enjoy.


Step 10: Eat it – try it on a roll, on nachos or in tacos. Have a drink handy and enjoy the nasal clearing. This is fantastic the next day for lunches!



The pork comes out sweet – with just a tingle of heat. You can taste a bit of the Dr. Pepper & brown sugar – but they’ve blended with the chipotles to create a warm heat that’s nicely mellowed. Your lips will tingle just enough. You’ll need to lean over your plate – these tacos turned out so juicy that you might end up wearing more taco then shirt if you aren’t careful.


Nick Lindauer

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