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Coca Cola Pulled Pork with Flame Tree BBQ Rub

Delicious sweet and smoky coca cola pulled pork with a BBQ rub inspired by Flame Tree Barbecue in WDW's Animal Kingdom. A must-try for any Flame Tree fan!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Marinade Time 4 hrs
Total Time 12 hrs 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • Slow cooker or Crock Pot


  • 1.5 kg Pork shoulder or butt 3.3lbs
  • 1 litre Coca Cola
  • 120 ml BBQ Sauce* ½ cup

Flame Tree BBQ Rub

  • 4 tbsp Dark Brown Sugar ¼ cup packed
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tsp Cayenne or Chilli Pepper
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin


  • Mix all the BBQ Rub ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Remove the pork shoulder from it's packaging and cut and discard the strings if it has been tied.
  • Use a sharp knife to score a criss cross pattern across the skin then rub the spice mix all over the prok - makesure you get into all the crevices.
  • Wrap the pork tightly in plastci wrap or foil and return to the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours, up to overnight.
  • When ready to cook, unwrap the pork and place it skin-side up in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  • Pour over the coke - i like to pour it down the side of the pot rather than over the top of the meat, to avoid 'washing' off all the BBQ Rub spices.
  • Cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for 8-10 hours, until the pork is falling apart.
  • Remove the meat from the slow cooker and discard the skin and fatty bits.
  • Shred the meat with 2 forks then pour over ½cup/120ml of the liquid from the slow cooker and the BBQ sauce and mix well.
  • Serve on fresh bread rolls with slaw and more BBQ sauce, or check out my recipes for BBQ Pulled Pork Fries or Baked Mac N Cheese with Pulled Pork!


* Use my Flame Tree Style BBQ Sauce Recipe or your favourite bottled or homemade sauce