Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Craving some slow cooked pulled pork? Our recipe is the ultimate answer to your make-ahead meal dreams. With just a few easy steps, you’ll be devouring tender and juicy pulled pork that’s been infused with incredible flavor! Serve it alone or dress it up with your favorite barbecue sauce for an extra punch of deliciousness. Get ready to dig in – this mouthwatering dish won’t disappoint!

Choose The Best Cut Of Pork

When it comes to selecting the perfect cut of pork for pulled pork, you’ll want to look for a piece with some fat marbling. The fat helps keep the pork moist and flavorful while cooking. When choosing a cut of pork for pulled pork, the best choice is pork shoulder. Also known as “Boston butt,” this cut is well-marbled and full of flavor, making it ideal for slow cooking. Look for cuts that are free from excess fat or gristle, but do not worry if there’s some fat on the edges – this will help keep your pork moist while it cooks!

The amount of meat you need will depend on how many people you are serving. For a small family, 1-2 pounds of pork should do the trick. If you’re having a large gathering, aim for 3-4 pounds.


Enhancing the pork’s flavor is a must prior to placing it in your slow cooker; this will ensure that once you hit start, you won’t have to lift the lid. Carefully considering what seasonings and flavors work best for your dish ahead of time can make all the difference when it comes time to eat.

Perfectly seasoning the pork is imperative when cooking with a slow cooker, as you can’t afford to open it and risk losing all of your heat. Thus, planning ahead by selecting flavors beforehand will ensure that your meal tastes delicious! Additionally, before adding in the meat into the crock pot, we season for 15-20 minutes – guaranteeing maximum flavor every time.

Flavor Suggestions

For the best flavorful result, it’s essential to season your pork shoulder. This could be as easy as some salt and black pepper, or you can go for something more extravagant such as a homemade seasoning mix. If you’re feeling extra creative, opt for a special pork-specific rub. And don’t forget that delicious BBQ sauce at the end of cooking–it’ll make all the difference!

To add an extra level of flavor, cook the pork in apple juice for a delightful and captivating taste. Just incorporate about 6 oz of it with other necessary ingredients into the slow cooker. If not using apple juice, pineapple juice or orange juice are also great to pair with this type of meat.

Slow cooker pulled pork

If you're looking for an easy and delicious way to get a protein-packed meal on the table, pulled pork is your go-to! While there are multiple ways that one could make this succulent dish (e.g., oven roasting, smoking, braising, etc.), none are as effortless or stress-free as slow cooking. Allowing time to pass without having to constantly monitor and adjust heat levels sounds like a dream come true - so try out our slow cooker method today!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 500 kcal


  • 1 Slow Cooker
  • 1 Small Knife For Chopping
  • 1 Jarr
  • 2 Forks
  • 1 Large bowl


For The Pork

  • 4 pound pork shoulder
  • 2 teaspoon  vegetable oil
  • extra large  onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon  smoked paprica
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

For Slow Cooking Sauce

  • 160 ml cloudy apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon black treacle
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½  cup chicken broth


Step 1

  • Pour vegetable oil into the bottom of a slow cooker, then layer chopped onion at the bottom of your slow cooker.

Step 2

  • In a separate bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon salt with 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, smoked paprika and cinnamon to create a savory seasoning blend. Rub this mixture over the pork shoulder. Let the pork rest for 15-20 minutes.

Step 3

  • Pop the pork shoulder on top of the onion slices in the slow cooker.

Step 4

  • In a large jug combine all the ingredients for slow cooking the pork then pour over the meat. Pop the lid on and cook on the low setting for 8 hours.

Step 5

  • After the meat has finished cooking in your slow cooker, remove and place on a roasting tray or large shallow bowl. Using two forks, shred the cooked meat into bite-size chunks. Then ladle some of the cooking juices over and combine for extra flavourful pork!

Serving The Pulled Pork

Pulled pork is also delicious served with a side of your favorite barbecue sauce. You can serve it as-is for a simple dish, or dress it up with your favorite barbecue sauce for an extra punch of deliciousness. Get ready to dig in – this mouthwatering dish won’t disappoint!

You also may xerve the pulled pork on buns. Generously spread the inside of both halves of hamburger buns with butter and toast in a skillet over medium heat until golden brown. Then, fill the toasted buns with pulled pork. Add vegetables like lettuce, tomato, or coleslaw if you’d like. Serve and enjoy!