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Pulled Pork Slow Cooker

Updated: Apr 8, 2023



Pulled pork is such a versatile meat. It is a great option for game day. Pulled pork is so tender and juicy prepared in the slow cooker. There are so many dishes you can prepare with pulled pork like BBQ sandwiches topped with BBQ sauce and coleslaw, pulled pork mac & cheese, Pulled pork nachos, just to name a few, the list goes on and on.


I remembered my mom made pulled pork on top of the stove. It was not a dish I grew up on so I never had pull pork until I was about 21 years old. It was the best thing since slice bread. I remember calling my mom years later asking how do I fix the barbeque sandwich. One day before she was given her wings, she sent me the recipe in the mail. I kept the recipe in the spice cabinet so I could pull it out when I was ready to make moms pulled pork. As I was packing to move to my new home, low and behold the recipe was found in the back of my spice cabinet still legible to read. The letter started off with Debra put this in a safe place so you can find it. one pork shoulder, chop an onion, and fill the pot up to half just below the meat. add your vinegar, catsup (ketchup), pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. let that cook down until it fall of the bone. Use the scissors to cut up the pork. Don't let it dry out. love mom. I still tear up about that letter recipe. As you will see I changed it up just a bit. Any dish made with love is delicious.



Frequently Asked Questions


Can I freeze pulled pork?


Once the pulled pork cool completely, Store in an airtight container. Always label the date and it can be store in the freezer up to 6 months. I would suggest to freeze without any sauce because some BBQ sauce ingredients may not stand up to freezing, defrosting, and reheating. It also allows you to create other dishes with the pork.


How can I keep pulled pork moist if I overcooked it?


You can save overcooked pulled pork by adding a cup of chicken stock (broth) place the pork in a slow cooker on warm. If you add a couple tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice, is another way to help revive the meat.


Ingredients Pulled Pork Slow Cooker


6-8 lb. Pork Shoulder (Butt)

1 tbsp smoked paprika

2 tbsp garlic powder

2 tbsp onion powder

1 tbsp Mexican chili powder

1 tbsp Cayenne pepper

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp dry mustard

1 tsp kosher salt

2 tsp black pepper

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 large onion chopped

2 garlic cloves chopped

1 tbsp liquid smoke (optional)







  • Clean the pork butt and pat dry. Chop the onion and garlic and set to the side. Add the remaining ingredients together to create the dry rub. Add the rub to the butt and set aside 3 tablespoons for later.

  • Add olive oil and liquid smoke. Cover in the refrigerator for 6-24 hours

  • Heat skillet with olive oil over medium heat. Sear the pork butt on all sides and place in slow cooker

  • After the pork has cooked about 6 hours on high add the garlic and onions and cook another 4 hours on low

  • When the pork is falling off the bone, shred the pork and assemble your sandwich. Add your favorite BBQ sauce or Bourbon BBQ sauce and coleslaw.

Bon Appetit, ENJOY








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Debra Johnson | Food Blogger
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