A delicious recipe for Dr Pepper Roast Beef cooked in a slow cooker. Perfect for busy weeknight suppers.

Okay, before I go any further, I have to tell you that this Dr Pepper Roast Beef is by far one of the best slow cooker roast beef recipe that I have ever had.

Hands down.

I didn’t add any potatoes or carrots to this recipe. I wanted just the meat so that I could easily use any leftovers in sandwiches or other dishes later in the week. {There’s a great one coming tomorrow, so be sure to come back for it.}

I also want to tell you that my love for Coca-Cola has not faded. It’s a Georgia born and bred drink and I can’t stay away from it for long. But, Dr Pepper just adds something special to this slow cooker roast recipe.

Oh my stars does it ever.

I love putting everything in the slow cooker and heading off for my day of activities without having to worry about what we’re having for supper.

I need all the help I can get for having supper ready after a busy day.

Coming home from late football practice and now adding games to the schedule leaves me with few nights that I can leisurely cook supper – if I ever could during the week. These are the nights I am more thankful than ever for my slow cooker.

And this Dr Pepper Slow Cooker Roast Beef.

And early bedtimes.

And my DVR.

But we’ll just talk about the roast for now.

Here’s my recipe for Dr Pepper Slow Cooker Roast Beef. I think you’ll love it.

Dr Pepper Slow Cooker Roast Beef Recipe

A delicious recipe for Dr Pepper Roast Beef cooked in a slow cooker. Perfect for busy weeknight suppers.
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Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time7 hrs
Total Time7 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 8
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 1 3-5 pound beef roast
  • 1 can Dr Pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic


  • Place beef roast in slow cooker.
  • Add in all other ingredients.
  • Cook for 7 hours on low.
  • Serve warm with pan juices spooned over the top.
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    1. How did you get the crust on the outside of the meat in the photo? Did you brown it first? That’s not on the directions.

      1. I don’t brown it before adding to my slow cooker and cook it as listed in the recipe. But, browning it before hand is a great idea. If you try that, I’d love to hear how it turns out.

      2. I’m making this today and to get the browning done, I seasoned my pot roast and rubbed it with Worchestire and a little olive oil, then seared both sides on the gas grill on the highest setting. This also seals in the juicy flavors. Yum!

  1. Hey Robyn – I was looking for a new way to fix my roast for tomorrow and this looks simple. Love the idea of just meat to have for sandwiches later!!!! One question – Does the Dr. Pepper taste mellow out with cooking? I am not fond of Dr P at all. Should I use Coke instead or step out and try something new? How strong is the Dr P taste? Thanks for sharing!!

    1. The flavor of Dr Pepper does mellow out a bit while cooking, but if you really don’t like Dr Pepper at all I would switch it out with a Coke.

  2. Hmm, I’m not a huge Dr. Pepper fan, but I’ll bet the flavors work really well on roast beef. Also? My kids would totally love being allowed a soda for dinner. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. I’m definitely going to have to try this! I’ve done the Coca-Cola with ham and all those other variations but never Dr. Pepper. Can’t wait to taste it! And, by the way, I’m a Coca-Cola girl, too! My mom grew up on Mr. Woodruff’s (founder of Coca-Cola) plantation in south Georgia ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I’m way excited to try this! I love making recipes that make the kids curious and surprise my husband! They are going to be so perplexed we pour coke {everything is a coke in Texas} on our roast!

      1. Being a fellow Texan… let me translate. She wasn’t planning to use Coke – Dr. Pepper is coke to us ๐Ÿ™‚

        An example from daily conversation –
        “Hey, get me a coke!”
        “Okay, what kind?”
        “Dr. Pepper!”

        I HAVE heard that coke is very good though – if that’s helpful info!

      2. It’s truly fascinating the variations of “soda” or “soda pop” across the country. Apparently in my neck of the woods in the Pacific Northwest, we are prone to say “pop” while Californians say “soda” more often. (I like saying soda.) But yes, the South calls all sodas “coke” even if it’s not Coke.

        This info brought to you by my Intro to Language class. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I made this overnight and was astounded at how good it was this morning! Not that I usually eat roast beef at 630 in the morning but I couldnt wait. My teenager is very excited to eat this after school. I’ll be suprised if there is any left when I get home. Thanks for the great recipe.

    1. I’m so glad you love it, Jennifer. It’s definitely one of my go-to recipes for busy weeknights. I know exactly what you mean about it getting gone so quickly, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Your photos look amazing but doesnt look like mine at all. I thought the dr pepper would carmelize it but it was just very watery and the meat dry.

    We had to serve it with sweet baby rays.

    1. Oh no! I’ve not had that problem at all with this roast beef. I do believe that different slow cookers may cook a bit differently than others. When you try the recipe again, I would recommend reducing the cooking time a bit.

    2. Mine turned out the same as Heather’s. But I thought that it could have been the fact that I switched from Dr. Pepper to Coca-Cola… I cooked it on high, and even reduced the time, that didn’t seem to help. Will be trying it again.

    3. Mine was the same. I’m thinking the water diluted the Dr. Pepper to much. the roast was dry and no flavor. We had to use BBQ sauce also, to make it edible. I think next time I’m not going to use water?…

  7. I’ve not heard of using dr pepper before. I would have to use the coke/Pepsi. I’ve always used a cup o VERY strong coffee before and it turns out great. May have to try this!

  8. Is it possible to just use Dr. Pepper and no water? Or perhaps use 2 cans of Dr. Pepper and only 1 of water? I LOVE Dr. Pepper (Dublin Dr. Pepper is best) and want as much flavor as possible with the beef.

    1. Hi Julie. I’ve never made it without the water, but I’m sure you can increase the ratio of Dr. Pepper to water if you’d like. My only concern would be the density of the liquid. I think you’ll need to keep some of the water to keep the juices a bit thinner.

    1. It makes more of a flavored Jus than what I’d call a thick, country style gravy. Of course, if you want that kind of gravy, you can always spoon some of the Jus into a skillet and make your gravy from there for your rice. I bet it would be delicious.

    1. Hi Kristy,
      I’ve never used diet soda when making this or any of my other recipes, so let me know if you do how it turns out!

      1. I was wondering if it cooked as well with Diet Dr. Pepper. Ive made Pioneer Womans Spicy Dr Pepper Pulled Pork and it was awesome. I may try this with diet just to save the extra calories. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Thank you!

      1. I am going to try with Diet DP … maybe next weekend. If I do, I’ll let you know how it turns out!

  9. hi! thanks for this recipe, it sounds delicious! How do you think this would come out if I included the carrots and potatoes?

  10. Has anyone included the carrots and potatoes? Did that work ok? I would want a complete meal, if possible. This sounds great!

    1. Hi Kay, I have added carrots and potatoes to this before and it worked fine. They did turn a bit browner than they did otherwise from the coloring in the Dr. Pepper. Hope you enjoy it.

  11. I cooked this last night using a cherry coke instead of a dr. pepper, and the meat was very tender, but didn’t have much taste. After cooking, I made a gravy with some of the broth left in the crock pot, and it was delicious! My husband and I both loved the meat with the gravy.

  12. If there is anything that I love more than a cold glass of Dr. Pepper it is meat. Now I see that I can marry the two. What a fabulous looking dish. I am very excited to make it.

    Thanks for sharing

  13. I made this today. It was sooooo very good. For those who dont like Dr Pepper, you really cant taste it. It gives the beef a really good taste. I used the diet Dr Pepper. I dont know if it had anything to do with it but yummo

  14. Meat dry and flavorless? Cooked it too fast. This recipe MUST be cooked on low. If the roast is small reduce cooking time and water. Been making this since I was in college I the 70’s. Always a hit.

  15. If I used a smaller size boneless roast(about 1.5lb, because I’m a cheepo, and only serving one person), should my cook time change? I figured it would take less time, but I’m not sure how much time it would take.

    1. Hi Will, for a 1.5 pound boneless roast, I would plan to cook it on low for about 3-4 hours. You’ll want to check it to make sure it is at that “falling apart” consistency when you touch it with your fork at that point. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you have a newer slow cooker, I would set it on low in the morning and then have it go into the warm cycle so that it continues to get amazingly juicy throughout the afternoon. Good luck! Let me know how it goes!

  16. I would like to try this Dr. Pepper Roast but I normally use a sirloin tip roast in the crock pot. Do you think that would be okay?

    1. I think it should work fine! Since it is very lean, you may want to monitor and make sure you don’t need to add more liquid during the cooking process. Everytime you open the top to your slow cooker though, you’ll need to add about 15-20 minutes to cook time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Tiffany! Not a stupid question at all! I personally like to chop them so that when I spoon the juices over the roast as I serve it, there are little bits in there as well. But, you could just as easily leave the cloves of garlic whole if you prefer and then just make sure not to snag one of them as you are serving.

    2. NOT a stupid question! Just waded through all the comments in hopes of finding this one. Thanks for asking it!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to eating this tonight.

  17. The title ingredient attracted me to the recipe and almost scared me away from actually making it. I bought the roast for this recipe and almost chose a different (more traditional) roast recipe last minute… I didn’t, but I almost changed a few ingredients in the recipe… But didn’t (decided if it bombed, it would be the recipes fault). All day I thought I’d have to make a run to the store and buy a precooked meat to replace this horrendous mistake. I was wrong. Dr Pepper Slow Cooker Roast Beef is AWESOME! This recipe is super delicious just the way it is. And super plus, that my two kids (2 and 11) were able to make it mostly by themselves!

  18. Well – sent my husband and teenage son out to pick up a can of Dr. Pepper. It’s not a drink we normally have around the house. The boys suggested rootbeer next time. It was very tender though.

  19. Made this today and it was delicious! I did alter it just a bit. I seasoned the pot roast with salt, pepper, and garlic and then seared it in a pan so that it had a really brown crust before I put it in the crock pot. I deglazed the sear pan with some dr pepper and I only used 1/2 cup of water. After it was all done I put some of the Aujus in a pot and reduced it about 25% and added a pinch of salt and pepper then thickened it up. Turned out wonderful and will definitely be added to our rotation of recipes. The sauce did not overly taste of dr pepper, it just had a nice sweet part to it.

  20. Made this tonight. So easy and soooo good! My husband said it was the best thing I’ve ever made. My two year old preferred a hot dog and ketchup. You can’t win them all – but I will ba making it again and your hash tomorrow for lunch!

    1. So glad you loved it, Kellie. That hash is to die for, too! Can’t wait to hear what you think of it! {And I know what you mean about not winning them all!}

      1. The hash was great! I used leftover dippings instead of the bullion and served it over rice. It was really tasty and my friends lavished me with compliments on it! I skipped the celery too because I’m not a lover of celery. I even froze the rest of the roast juices because I couldn’t bear to throw it out since it was so good ๐Ÿ˜‰
        My comment about “not winning them all” was because my husband and I loved the roast but my son preferred a hot dog. He’s two though – taste buds are refined to dirt, hot dogs and bananas.
        Thanks for the great recipes!!!!

  21. From one busy Mom to another……THANK YOU! I love cooking a roast but the prep time usually takes time I don’t have. I was able to throw this in the crock pot before I left for work today and I’m excited to see how it turns out after we get home from soccer practice!! My mouth is watering just thinking about it ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. You should NEVER cook potatoes with your meat (beef, pork, chicken, etc) Potatoes will draw all the
    flavor out of the meat and it will be tasteless. Roast your potatoes separate. Carrots, celery, onions,
    garlic enhance the flavor, but not potatoes.

    1. I had never heard this before, but it makes complete sense! I will be cooking my potatoes separately from now on. Thanks!

      I’m trying this recipe today!

  23. I have a crock pot and I’m sure what the differnce is in a crock pot and a slow cooker. Will it make a difference in cooking it and how it will taste?

  24. I am going to try to make this again, I didn’t do too well on the first try. But I, first, need to ask, what’s a dash measure to? How much salt? And pepper? (I was assuming that the salt and pepper was to each one’s taste.) If you use a smaller weight cut, do you alter the measurements? (I am determined to get this right!)

    1. Hey Sheila! A dash equals 1/8 of a teaspoon. For the salt and pepper, it is to taste. If you do use a smaller weight cut, I would reduce the measurements of the other ingredients proportionally. I hope you enjoy it!!!

  25. My daughter made a roast with a coke, well Texan here it was a Pepsi, and a half a bottle of BBQ sauce,and a lil liquid smoke shredded it and made the best chopped beef (that hadn’t actually been Bar B Qued) sandwiches. And it’s great in a Baked potato too ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to try it this way as well.

  26. I am making this right now.. I think I put in a little extra Worcestershire sauce, but hopefully it won’t be too strong! I’m excited! My boyfriend is extremely picky and meat is one of the few things he eats, so I need some good easy recipes ๐Ÿ™‚

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