How To Serve Best Pulled Pork Recipe Slow Cooker Easy

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There’s nothing quite like the aroma of slow-cooked pulled pork wafting through your house. This recipe delivers melt-in-your-mouth perfection, guaranteed to become a family favorite. It’s incredibly easy to throw together, requiring minimal prep work and letting your trusty slow cooker do all the heavy lifting.


BEST Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe
BEST Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe

3-4 pound boneless pork shoulder roast (also called Boston butt)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (12.25-ounce) bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce (choose a sauce you love, sweetness level is up to you)
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for a touch of heat)
  • Salt, to taste

  • Directions:

    1. Prep the Pork: Pat the pork shoulder roast dry with paper towels. Trim any excess fat, leaving a thin layer for flavor. Season generously with salt and pepper on all sides.

    2. Sear the Pork (Optional): While not essential for slow cooker recipes, searing the pork adds a nice layer of caramelized flavor. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, sear the pork on all sides until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side.

    3. Build the Flavor Base: Add chopped onion and garlic to the slow cooker. If you opted to sear the pork, you can deglaze the pan with a bit of apple cider vinegar, scraping up any browned bits, and add that to the slow cooker as well.

    4. Combine the Sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk together BBQ sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, smoked paprika, chili powder, dried thyme, black pepper, and cayenne pepper (if using).

    5. Slow Cooker Magic: Pour the sauce mixture over the pork roast in the slow cooker. Ensure the pork is well coated.

    6. Cook Low and Slow: Cover the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours, or on HIGH for 6-8 hours, until the pork is fork-tender and shreds easily.

    7. Shredding Time: Once cooked, carefully remove the pork roast from the slow cooker. Using two forks, shred the pork into bite-sized pieces, discarding any large pieces of fat.

    8. Sauce It Up: Return the shredded pork to the slow cooker and toss it thoroughly in the flavorful cooking juices. You can add additional BBQ sauce here to your desired level of sauciness.

    9. Serve and Enjoy! Pile your delicious pulled pork onto hamburger buns, top with your favorite BBQ sauce, coleslaw, pickles, red onion – the possibilities are endless! Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: Approximately 450 (depending on the BBQ sauce used)

  • Fat: 30g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g (including sugars)
  • Protein: 40g
  • Sodium: Varies based on the BBQ sauce

  • Note: This is a general estimate, and actual nutritional values may vary depending on the specific ingredients used.


    This slow cooker pulled pork recipe is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. With minimal prep and a hands-off cooking approach, it’s perfect for busy weeknights or casual get-togethers. It’s incredibly versatile, perfect for sandwiches, tacos, nachos, or served with a side of mashed potatoes and coleslaw.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    1. Can I use different cuts of pork?

    While pork shoulder is the classic choice for pulled pork due to its marbling and affordability, you can substitute with a boneless pork butt roast or even a boneless pork loin (though it may be slightly leaner). Just be aware that cooking times may vary slightly.

    2. What if my slow cooker doesn’t have a LOW setting?

    Most slow cookers have a LOW and HIGH setting. If yours only has one setting, aim for the recommended cook time on HIGH, checking for tenderness after 6 hours. You may need to adjust the cooking time slightly depending on your specific slow cooker.

    3. Can I make this recipe in the oven?