This amazing Pulled Pork Recipe is a crowd-pleasing, super simple way to cook pulled pork. You only need a crockpot or slow cooker and a few hours to cook!
Are you a pulled pork lover or hater? 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. I always try to make mine in a Crockpot or Slow Cooker for easy clean up and ease.
First of all, what is Pulled Pork?
Pulled pork is an American dish, originating from the South which uses shredded pork shoulder as the main ingredient with other regional based sauces added on after cooking slowly over a smoker, wood fire or in slow cooker or crockpot.
What meat is best for Pulled Pork?
Like mentioned above, Pork shoulder, sometimes referred to as pork butt, is the cut of pork used for all Pulled Pork. It is some of the most tender and flavorful meat after being cooked low and slow. Partly because it’s naturally very fatty, but also because it just falls off the bone after cooking.
When pork shoulders go on sale, pick up one or two and make this easy meal for your family. You will all love it!
Cooking Pulled Pork in the Crockpot
No need to go out and get a smoker, your Crockpot or slow cooker will do. You are essentially braising this large piece of meat to get that glorious, shreddable texture. You can definitely just use a dutch oven and bake this meat as well, but I find cooking it in the crockpot is the easiest way to make pulled pork.
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.
Ingredients for Pulled Pork (crockpot, slow cooker or braising)
For this specific recipe, I used very basic ingredients that usually everyone has on hand:
- BBQ sauce: 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. As long as YOU like the taste, that’s all that matters.
- Onions & Garlic: I love the flavor these give off. After hours of cooking, these just melt into the sauce leaving flavor behind.
- Brown Sugar: Extra sweetness never hurt anyone! If you don’t have brown sugar, granulated sugar, maple syrup or even honey are all great substitutes.
- Water: This acts as the majority of cooking liquid. I didn’t love the way chicken broth or beef broth tasted, so opted for water.
- Pork Shoulder: I use a hefty 3 pound roast that I’ve lightly trimmed. Beware when buying from Costco; You’ll need several crock pots to cook it all!
Cooking Time for Pulled Pork
The only thing you need when cooking large cuts of meat is time–and lots of it! For best results, cook 8-10 hours on low. If you don’t have that much time, cook for 4-5 hours on high.
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!
Below is the recipe card with a few recommended sides beneath that. Enjoy, friends!
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
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.