Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe

Slow cooker pulled pork is a classic dish that never fails to impress. The tender, flavorful pork is perfect for sandwiches, sliders, tacos, and so much more. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make in a slow cooker, requiring minimal effort on your part. This recipe is sure to become a favorite in your household, whether you’re cooking for a crowd or just feeding your family.


– 3-4 pound pork shoulder or butt, trimmed of excess fat
– 1 tablespoon olive oil
– 1 onion, sliced
– 4 cloves of garlic, minced
– 1 cup of chicken or vegetable broth
– 1/2 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce
– 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
– 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
– 1 tablespoon of chili powder
– 1 teaspoon of cumin
– 1 teaspoon of paprika
– Salt and pepper to taste


1. Start by seasoning the pork shoulder with salt and pepper on all sides. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, sear the pork shoulder on all sides until browned, about 3-4 minutes per side.

2. Place the sliced onions and minced garlic in the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the seared pork shoulder on top.

3. In a small bowl, mix together the broth, barbecue sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, and paprika. Pour this mixture over the pork shoulder in the slow cooker.

4. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 4-6 hours, until the pork is tender and easily shreds with a fork.

5. Once the pork is cooked, remove it from the slow cooker and place it on a cutting board. Using two forks, shred the pork into bite-sized pieces. Return the shredded pork to the slow cooker and stir to coat with the juices.

6. Serve the pulled pork on buns with coleslaw, pickles, or your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

Tips for Success:

– For even more flavor, you can add a tablespoon of liquid smoke to the sauce mixture before pouring it over the pork.
– If you prefer a sweeter pulled pork, add another tablespoon of brown sugar or a touch of honey to the sauce.
– This pulled pork freezes well, so you can make a big batch and save leftovers for later. Just be sure to freeze it in an airtight container or zip-top bag.

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If you love this slow cooker pulled pork recipe, you may also enjoy trying out these delicious variations:

1. Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos: Use the pulled pork to fill soft tortillas and top with your favorite taco toppings, such as avocado, salsa, sour cream, and cilantro.

2. Southern-Style Pulled Pork Sandwiches: Serve the pulled pork on soft brioche buns with a generous dollop of coleslaw on top for a classic Southern meal.

3. BBQ Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese: Mix the pulled pork into your favorite mac and cheese recipe for a rich and satisfying twist on a comfort food classic.

4. Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes: Roast sweet potatoes until tender, then split them open and fill with the pulled pork. Top with a drizzle of barbecue sauce and a sprinkle of green onions for a hearty and healthy meal.

Whether you’re cooking for a crowd or just looking for an easy weeknight dinner, this slow cooker pulled pork recipe is sure to be a hit. The tender, flavorful pork practically melts in your mouth, and the rich barbecue sauce adds a delicious tangy sweetness. Serve it on buns, tacos, or mixed into your favorite dishes for a delicious and satisfying meal. Give this recipe a try and see why slow cooker pulled pork is a classic favorite for so many people.

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