This Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is seasoned with a flavorful dry rub, then cooked low and slow in your crock pot and coated in your favorite bbq sauce. It requires just 5 minutes of prep work, making this an incredibly easy recipe to prepare!
Slow cooker pulled pork is what dreams are made of!
With warmer weather just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about family and friend gatherings, which if we’re being honest, basically just revolve around food. ….nothing wrong with that!
My go-to recipes for gatherings tend to be my Mediterranean chickpea salad (without the tuna), my lemon orzo salad, and this buttery Turkish hummus, and I'm now adding this pork to the list.
Trust me when I say, you’re going to want to be THAT person who brings pulled pork. Everyone will thank you, but little will they know that you only spent 5 minutes preparing this dish.
Honestly, I’ve been so into my Instant Pot and air fryer lately, that I kind of forget about my slow cooker. I know, I know, what gives?! I love making my butternut squash chickpea chili in the crock pot, but this pulled pork might just take the cake.
- Made with pork butt or shoulder, making it ideal for low and slow cooking
- Seasoned with spices and your favorite bbq sauce
- Only requires 5 minutes of prep work, and the slow cooker does the rest of the work!
- Pork: You’re going to want to use either pork butt or pork shoulder, both of which are fattier parts of the pork and therefore lend themselves to being cooked low and slow (aka in the slow cooker).
- Vinegar: The vinegar compliments the spices really well, and while I opted to use apple cider vinegar, white distilled vinegar would be a fine substitute.
- Spices: Don’t leave out the spices! While the main flavor is the bbq sauce, the seasonings take the pork to the next level.
- BBQ sauce: Use your favorite kind! I used the basic 365 brand by Whole Foods and thought it was fantastic.
Step 1: Season the pork. Start by combining the salt, garlic powder and smoked paprika in a bowl, then use your hands to rub it all over the pork, making sure it’s completely coated.
Step 2: Cook in the slow cooker. Add the vinegar to the bottom of your slow cooker, then place the seasoned pork on top. Cook it on HIGH for 5 hours, or on LOW for 7 hours (warning: your house will smell amazing!)
Step 3: Add the barbecue sauce. Once the time is up, pour in the bbq sauce, then cook for 1 more hour.
Step 4: Shred. Use two forks to shred the pork -- it should fall apart incredibly easily -- that’s a good thing! Give it a good toss in the sauce and be prepared to devour it.
Tips and tricks
While many of my recipes serve 2-4 people, this recipe makes enough for a crowd (just keep that in mind). If you’re wanting to make this for only 2 people, I’d recommend halving the recipe, or plan on storing at least half of it in the freezer.
- Refrigerator: Store cooked pulled pork in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
- Freezer: To freeze, wait for the pork to cool to room temperature, then transfer it to foil and wrap it up as tightly as possible (you may need to do this in batches). Then, place the foil in a freezer-safe plastic bag, remove as much excess air as possible and seal it up. Store pork in the freezer for up to 6 months.
- To reheat: I recommend reheating in the oven. Heat your oven to 300°, place pork and all of its juices in a baking dish with a lid and heat it until it reaches 165° (use a meat thermometer), stirring occasionally.
Do I have to use BBQ sauce?
Technically no. If you don’t want to use bbq sauce, you could try adding chicken/beef stock, beer or even apple juice instead.
Can I use a different cut of pork?
No… For example, pork tenderloin is a lot different than pork butt/shoulder, and the results will be different (most likely, more dry) if you follow this cooking method. For that reason, I wouldn’t recommend it.
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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
- Slow cooker
- 4 lb. pork butt or shoulder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- Combine the salt, garlic powder and smoked paprika in a bowl, then use your hands to rub the spice mixture all over the pork, making sure it's completely coated.
- Pour the apple cider vinegar into your slow cooker, then place the pork on top and put a lid on it. Cook on HIGH for 5 hours or on LOW for 7 hours, then, remove the lid, pour in the bbq sauce and cook for 1 more hour.
- Use two forks to shred the pork, toss it in the sauce and enjoy!
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