No, you can use coke a Cola instead.
I wouldn't see why not????...try it....then let us know how it turns out :-)
You want taste the soda or any type of soda, it helps the meat get tender matter of fact you can use beer! Any type of beer! :-)
Iv used rootbeer for pulled pork and it works great. True that u cant really even taste the soda. I plan on using coke next time cuz my girlfriend hates rootbeer and dr. Pepper lol o_O