Slow cooker BBQ pulled pork is easy to prepare and perfect for satisfying your barbecue cravings when firing up the smoker isn't an option!
What is Pulled Pork
Pulled pork is slow cooked pork that is cooked until it is incredibly tender and able to be shredded easily into small strips. There are many ways to enjoy pulled pork, however, serving it on a hamburger bun with BBQ sauce is the most popular.
How to Make Pulled Pork
Pulled pork is made by slow cooking the pork shoulder at a low temperature over many hours. Traditionally, a smoker is used to make authentic smoked pulled pork, however, easy versions of Instant Pot pulled pork, and this slow cooker pulled pork recipe are effortless alternatives.
This recipe takes roughly 6 hours to finish cooking in a slow cooker set on high. It will take a few extra hours to cook on low. It is a perfect recipe to let linger in the slow cooker all day because it isn't going to overcook. The longer
Best Cut of Meat for Pulled Pork
The best cut of meat for making pulled pork is pork shoulder. You will also find it labeled as pork butt & Boston butt. Yes, I know it doesn't make sense to call a cut of meat from the shoulder a "butt", but it is what it is.
Pork shoulder is a fatty and tough cut of meat. However, it is also wonderfully inexpensive because of it. During the long cook times required to prepare pulled pork the meat tenderizes and becomes exceptionally juicy and flavorful!
I strongly advise against making BBQ pulled pork with pork loin or tenderloin. Those cuts are too lean to make good pulled pork, and they cost more. You will be spending twice as much money to make an inferior dish. Save the pork loin for a roasted pork sandwich instead!
Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork
Slow cooker BBQ pulled pork is easy to prepare because the pork shoulder is tossed in the crock pot with minimal ingredients and then set to cook all afternoon while you worry about more pressing matters.
Optional ways to amp up the flavor of your slow cooker BBQ pulled pork even further would be to apply a BBQ dry rub to the exterior of the pork shoulder prior to cooking, or you could even sear the pork shoulder in a skillet first, if desired.
Pulled Pork Leftovers
The other thing I love about pulled pork is finding new and delicious ways to eat it! Though, I love it served on a
Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork
BBQ Pulled Pork
- 4 lb Pork Shoulder (Pork Butt)
- 1 cup BBQ Sauce (plus more for sandwiches)
- 1 tbsp Liquid Smoke
Serving Pulled Pork Sandwiches
- 2 cups Coleslaw (click for homemade recipe)
- 12 Buns (lightly toasted)
- Place pork into slow cooker and cook on high until easily shredded with fork, or meat claws (roughly 6 hours).
- Shred meat in the slow cooker and place on 'Warm' setting.
- Add liquid smoke and 1 cup BBQ sauce, stir to combine, and salt to taste.
- Place pork on hamburger buns, top with additional BBQ sauce and coleslaw as desired.
This Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork recipe was originally published on FoxValleyFoodie.com November 1, 2015.