Sunday, May 4, 2014

Spicy Coca Cola Pulled Pork Recipe

Spicy Coca Cola Pulled Pork
If you have flat coke and don’t want to throw it away, this recipe is a good way to use it up, assuming that you are not a vegetarian. 

I looked at a number of coca cola pulled pork recipes. The amount of coke varied, ranging from 1 cup for 6 pounds of pork to as high as 1.2 litre of coke for 4-5 pounds of pork.  I decided to use ¾ cup for a pound of pork, which is little more than a litre for 5 pounds of pork. My thinking was that if I am making coca cola pulled pork I might as well use a lot of coke, to make sure the coke flavor is there. Plus I had lot of coke to use up.

The pulled pork turned out great. It was sweet, but I couldn’t taste the distinct coke flavor. I rarely drink coke so perhaps my taste buds could not detect it.

While the pulled pork was really nice, I would not make this recipe again unless I had some flat coke to use up. Coke added sweetness, however I could get almost the same result by adding sugar, hence avoid all the preservatives and other stuff that goes in coke. I prefer my other two pulled pork recipes:

1 pound pork chops or pork shoulder
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Pinch salt and pepper
¾ cup Coca Cola
1/3 cup chili sauce (or BBQ sauce)
½ teaspoon minced chipotle chili in adobo
Tablespoon oil

1.      Heat oven to 160°C/325°F
2.      Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
3.      Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes
4.      Add the garlic, salt and pepper and cook for another minute.
5.      Remove from the heat and stir in the chipotle chilies.
6.      Place pork on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet, add sauce and coke and cover with aluminum foil
7.      Bake until a fork inserted in thickest part of pork can be twisted easily and meat shreds off with little resistance, about 3½-4 hours.
8.      Alternatively, instead of baking, you can cook the pork in a slow cooker on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours
9.      Once the pork is done, transfer it to a cutting board and shred using two forks. Add the sauce and mix.


  1. This looks SO good! I am a huge pulled pork fan. :)

  2. Oh how I love pulled pork. Any type of shredded meat wins my heat every time!

  3. I love pulled pork, and I always make mine with Coca Cola...great SRC pick!

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  5. It looks fabulous. I see you have added chilli sauce. It is exactly what I would do (I mean a hot kick ;-) ). Sweet and hot is my favourite taste combination.

    1. Thank you, sweet and hot is good. Pulled pork with just thai sweet chilli sauce would be good too - Thai pulled pork.


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