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Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

slow-cooker pulled pork Entree
Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 6 hr 10 min
  • Servings 4

With just seven ingredients and ten minutes of prep time, you can pull together a crock pot pulled pork recipe that’s perfect for weeknight dinners, potluck meals or family picnic celebrations. Choose your favorite barbeque sauce—sweet or spicy—to make the dish uniquely your own. MORE+ LESS-

Sarah Caron
September 20, 2018


tablespoon kosher (coarse) salt
tablespoon paprika
teaspoon garlic powder
teaspoon packed brown sugar
pork loin roast (2 1/2 to 3 lb)
cup water
cup barbecue sauce


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  • 1
    In small bowl, stir together salt, paprika, garlic powder and brown sugar.
  • 2
    Spray 4- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Rinse pork roast under cool water. Rub salt mixture on pork to cover completely. Place pork in slow cooker. Add water to side of pork.
  • 3
    Cover; cook on High heat setting 5 to 6 hours.
  • 4
    In slow cooker, use 2 forks to shred pork. Stir in barbecue sauce until well mixed.

Expert Tips

  • Pulled pork is exactly what a slow-cooker is meant to be used for—to slowly braise food, in a steamy environment until exceedingly tender. Larger, tougher cuts of meat are particularly excellent cooked this way.
  • A pork shoulder or chuck pot roast are also good choices to slow cook until they fall apart. Waiting to stir in the barbecue sauce until the meat is done keeps the flavor fresh and the sauce nice and thick.
  • For a spicier pulled pork, stir 1 teaspoon finely chopped chipotle chiles into the barbecue sauce before mixing with the pork.
  • Serve alongside garlicky mashed potatoes, wrap up in tortillas with taco garnishes, or go the sandwich route: pile it up on a crusty, toasted bun with a generous spoonful of coleslaw on top.

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More About This Recipe

  • It’s the slow cooker to the rescue in this super-simple pulled pork recipe. When you need to feed a hungry crowd, a double or triple portion of this recipe will be the perfect centerpiece of a larger meal. Pulled pork from the slow cooker can be served over rice, or you can add soft bakery buns and allow everyone to pull together their own warm sandwiches. Add a container or two of deli coleslaw or potato salad, and don’t forget to include some briny dill pickles as a tangy complement to the rich pork. Fresh fruit is great for dessert, especially if watermelon is in season. Now that you’ve gotten a taste of how good a pork main dish made in the slow cooker can be, check out more of Betty’s best pork recipes.

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