Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

by Lana Stuart on November 29, 2010 · 41 comments

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We certainly did. It was pretty amazing and I’m going to write a little more on that later this week. But today, since everybody is really tired of turkey, I’m going to share my method of cooking pulled pork.

You know what pulled pork is, right? Yep, it’s just a slow cooked pork roast that has been pulled into shreds and mixed with barbecue sauce. Sounds really simple because it is! And if you have a slow cooker, it’s almost child’s play. Just pop that big old roast in the cooker, set it and forget it. You could start this before you leave for work and have dinner nearly ready when you walk back in the door. It’s also great on a busy Saturday when you have lots of errands to run. It’s great for no special reason at all…just because you want some pulled pork :-)

3-4 lb. pork shoulder roast (Boston Butt)
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder
¼ cup water
1 cup barbecue sauce

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

You’ll want a three to four pound pork shoulder (or Boston Butt) roast for this. The bottom side of the roast will have a cap of fat all over it – don’t remove that, it gives the pork some great flavor and keeps it from drying out while you cook it. Put the pork roast into the slow cooker with the fatty side up then as it cooks the fat will drip down basting the roast all during the cooking.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Sprinkle the roast liberally with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Add just 1/4 cup of water around the roast. Cover and cook for 7 hours.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Remove the roast from the cooker and discard the visible pieces of fat.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Pour the cooking juices into a fat separator cup and set it aside while you pull the pork.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Using two forks, “pull” the pork into shreds.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Return the pulled meat to the cooker along with the de-fatted cooking juices and barbecue sauce. Cook for an additional hour.

Serve on toasted buns and enjoy!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours, 5 minutes

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

A fool-proof slow cooker method of preparing southern style pulled pork.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lb. pork shoulder roast (Boston Butt)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce

Instructions

  1. Put the pork roast into the slow cooker with the fatty side up.
  2. Sprinkle the roast liberally with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Add just 1/4 cup of water around the roast. Cover and cook for 7 hours.
  3. Remove the roast from the cooker and discard the visible pieces of fat.
  4. Pour the cooking juices into a fat separator cup and set it aside while you pull the pork.
  5. Using two forks, “pull” the pork into shreds.
  6. Return the pulled meat to the cooker along with the de-fatted cooking juices and barbecue sauce. Cook for an additional hour.
  7. Serve on toasted buns.

Notes

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1 Happier Than A Pig in Mud November 29, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Looks great! That’s how I like it too, maybe just a splash of vinegar-dinner is served:@)

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2 Lana November 29, 2010 at 9:27 pm

What’s great about this kind of recipe is that you can add spices and seasonings to suit your personal tastes. Add a little vinegar, use a different sauce…whatever you like!

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3 Cheri March 13, 2014 at 7:20 am

Thanx for this recipe … Got my shoulder roast in the crock pot as we speak.

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4 Lana Stuart March 13, 2014 at 9:17 am

I really hope you enjoy it, Cheri!

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5 Cookin' Canuck November 29, 2010 at 6:23 pm

There is nothing better than knowing that there is a pork roast cooking in the crockpot, ready to full apart and eat by dinner time. Perfect recipe for these cold evenings.

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6 Lana November 29, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Isn’t it nice to come home to something ready in the slow cooker after a long, cold day?

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7 HoneyB November 29, 2010 at 6:38 pm

This looks delish! I will have to make something similar (Grumpy has stopped eating pork!) I love your recipe!

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8 Lana November 29, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Thanks, Shelby! You could also use this same recipe with boneless, skinless chicken to make pulled bbq chicken.

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9 Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food November 29, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Pulled pork is one of my all-time favorite main courses, but I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never actually cooked it. Rather, I always buy it as take-out from my favorite local smokehouse. You’ve really inspired me here to get with the program, finally buy a crock pot, and make it myself. Many thanks for this excellent recipe, Lana!

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10 Lana November 29, 2010 at 9:26 pm

You’re quite welcome, Barbara. Hope you’ll give it a try!

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11 Liz @ Blog is the New Black November 29, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Love the simplicity of this recipe. This is a favorite in my household- need to make it soon!

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12 Lana November 29, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Hi Liz – Hope you will make it and your family enjoys it as much as ours!

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13 Big Boys Oven November 29, 2010 at 8:08 pm

lovely and awesome, I love the way the pork being pulled gorgeous! :)

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14 Drick November 29, 2010 at 8:41 pm

pulled pork is a southern tradition and anyone with a drawl in their gabble ought to have a handful of great recipes just like this one….

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15 Lana November 29, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Well, well. Proof that great minds really do think alike :-) Had no idea you’d just posted pulled pork yesterday! Love your combination of spices.

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16 Chris November 29, 2010 at 9:40 pm

looks pretty darn tasty! I would loke to sink my teeth into some of that right this instant. Can you make that happen, please?

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17 Lana November 29, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Meet you halfway between here and there with a couple of sandwiches :-)

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18 Jennifer @ Jane Deere November 29, 2010 at 9:59 pm

This looks delicious…and so simple! I love slow cooker recipes!

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19 Suzanne November 29, 2010 at 10:35 pm

My favorite BBQ meal is pulled pork. This looks delicious! And I love the ease and peace of mind using my slow cooker. Excellent!!

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20 Mary at Deep South Dish November 30, 2010 at 2:15 am

One of my favorites too for sure!

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21 Lana November 30, 2010 at 10:54 am

It’s a favorite at our house, too! Thanks for stopping by, Mary.

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22 SMITH BITES November 30, 2010 at 10:43 am

it’s not lunchtime yet Lana but boy howdy, do i want one of those!!!

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23 Lana November 30, 2010 at 10:55 am

Wish I could wrap one up and transport it right over to you, Debra! Did you want chips and a pickle with that?

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24 Tien November 30, 2010 at 10:53 am

Hi,
Do you have a favorite BBQ sauce? The sandwich looks delicious. :) -Tien

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25 Lana November 30, 2010 at 10:56 am

Hi Tien. I use only my homemade barbecue sauce. Most of the commercial ones are just too sweet for me.

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26 Miss P November 30, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Okay, here’s a hint, I need one of those fat separator cups for Christmas. Of course, if you could manage a way to separate fat from my thighs, that would be better…….

Miss P

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27 Lana November 30, 2010 at 9:11 pm

If I could work out how to keep the fat off our thighs, I’d be a wealthy woman.

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28 Amanda December 1, 2010 at 7:38 am

Sounds marvelous! I make mine in the slow cooker too :)

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29 Doula December 15, 2010 at 3:20 am

This really looks fabulous! I’m gonna see if I can adapt it for the pressure cooker as my Doula work can be pretty irregular and it can be a quick fix for a healthy and delicious meal! :)

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30 Azgrannie3 July 31, 2011 at 2:38 am

Wonderful, Fast, and Easy recipe!!!
I just bought the new 1 1/2 qt slow cooker from Proctor Silex and had to try this recipe. I live alone so the mini slow cooker is perfect for me and this new one is wonderful. It has 3 heat selections and has everything the large 6 qt cooker has. Actually, it’s better than my large cooker. Anyway, I had a pork roast in the freezer that I had cut in half before I froze it and wanted to try this recipe so I thawed a piece of the pork roast and seasoned it (without the garlic) and put it in the cooker with the 1/4 c. water. Checked it after about 5 hrs and the thermometer said was Med/Rare so I left it in about 4 more hours. It was wonderful. It tasted so good I didn’t add the BBQ sauce to the shredded pork. I did add it to the meat that I made the sandwich with. I cooked it on low the whole time. I love this recipe, it is so easy to make. Most recipes have 42 ingredients and forever on prep time. The only time spent here was waiting for the roast to thaw. I didn’t do the fat separator thing either, but my roast was so small it hardly had any fat on it.

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31 christine August 17, 2011 at 9:11 am

Hi. Looks yummy! Do you cook it on low or high for 7 hours? Thanks!

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32 Lana August 17, 2011 at 9:22 am

Christine – it really depends on your slow cooker. Some have lots of settings and some just have high and low. The cooking temps really vary from brand to brand. I’d start it out on high and check after about three hours or so. If you feel it’s cooking too quickly, turn it on down some. It’s just one of those things you have to use your own judgment and knowledge of your slow cooker.

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33 christine August 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Thanks!

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34 Jeanne July 12, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Meat is sitting on the counter ready to pot in the crock pot before I go to bed…Going to try just a low setting…Can hardly wait but will try to refrain until dinner, ok maybe lunch…..I love that I don’t have to add lots of ingredients….Thanks, will let you know tomorrow how it turned out…

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35 Lana July 13, 2012 at 9:14 am

Please do! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

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36 Rock February 25, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Hi Lana. I did a pulled pork thing a couple years ago for the Fire Dept – got rave reviews. Well, Sunday we have last part of a 27 hour training program and I never miss a chance to cook for my guys (and gals) so I had to find a quick and easy recipe. This looks like it! We have our final written test, then a lot of practicals testing on ladder training, so I’m guessing all will have worked up an appetite. We’re in the worst winter in years, and this is NY ski country, so that says a lot, but hot food will mix well with hungry firefighters and the minus double digits in the forecasts. Thanks for the help. Rock at EOFD

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37 Lana Stuart February 26, 2014 at 8:28 am

Hi Rock! It sounds like the firefighters have a hard day of training coming and they’ll need a good meal after that! This one will definitely fill them up and warm them, too, after all that work. I do hope you and they enjoy it.

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38 Ginger April 13, 2014 at 9:32 am

This is the best pulled pork recipe out there! I took it to work an everyone loved it!

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39 Lana Stuart April 13, 2014 at 11:48 am

I’m so glad you liked it! It’s our favorite, too.

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