This Crock Pot Pulled Pork Recipe is a crowd-pleasing, super simple way to cook pulled pork. You only need a crockpot and a few hours to cook!
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We are pulled pork lovers at my house. I don’t make it very frequently, but when I do it doesn’t last long. It’s one of my husband’s very favorite things and always goes over well to whoever you are serving.
Pork shoulder (also known as pork butt) is some of the most tender and flavorful meat! Partly because it’s naturally very fatty, but also because you cook it like crazy to get that “fall off the bone” texture. No need to go out and get a smoker, your crockpot will do. If you happen to have a smoker, by all means, use it. But for the greater population, slow cookers are just as good and get the job done.
For this specific recipe, I used very basic ingredients that usually everyone has on hand: BBQ sauce, onions, garlic, brown sugar, water, mustard, salt, and pepper. Use a really good BBQ sauce that you love. We like KC Masterpiece. Gordon’s parent’s swear by Sweet Baby Ray’s. Really doesn’t matter. After the meat has been cooked, we serve our pulled pork on homemade rolls (or store bought Hawaiian rolls) with coleslaw. Classic.
A quick word about my garlic addition: don’t be scared. You will be pleasantly surprised how delicious the garlic makes this meat! It’s tender and very flavorful, to begin with, but the garlic really takes it over the top into “knock your socks” off territory. My husband LOVED it. He loves typically any kind of meat, but this was a huge hit. We invited some people over for dinner when we were having this and after one bite, my husband said “can we uninvite them? I don’t want to share this“. Haha! He really liked it.
The only thing that you need for this is time–and lots of it! Probably 10-12 hours. I put my meat in partially frozen and it was done after 12 hours, so that should be the max amount of time it should take to cook. Of course, you can make this in advance and keep it warm until you’re ready to serve. The beauty of a crockpot–it’s so versatile! Makes my life easy. Great for a party, too!
When pork shoulders (also called pork butts) go on sale, pick up one or two and make this easy meal for your family. You will all love it!
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Crock Pot Pulled Pork Recipe
This Crock Pot Pulled Pork Recipe is a crowd-pleasing, simple way to cook pulled pork. You only need a crockpot and a few hours to cook!
- 3 lb. pork shoulder trimmed
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup BBQ sauce
- salt & pepper
- 1/2 yellow onion diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 cups BBQ sauce
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- salt & pepper
In a crock pot, place pork, water, bbq sauce, salt, pepper and onion. Cover and cook on low heat for 8-10 hours until very tender. (Or cook on high heat for 4-5 hours or until very tender.)
Remove all meat from crock pot. Spoon off fat from remaining liquid in crock pot and discard. Pour out remaining cooking liquid and set aside.
Shred pork removing excess fat. Return to crock pot and stir in garlic, bbq sauce, brown sugar, mustard and more salt and pepper. Add in cooking liquid as needed to moisten. Cook another 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Serve with homemade or Hawaiian sweet rolls and coleslaw.