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Slow cooker bbq pork recipe

Slow cooker bbq pork recipe

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I cook the pork and onions in stock in a slow cooker and leave it on low all day while I'm at work. Sometimes I serve it over pasta.

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IngredientsServes: 6

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 200ml beef stock
  • 1.5kg pork fillet, sliced
  • For the barbecue sauce
  • 700g ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcester sauce
  • 1 teaspoon tabasco or chilli sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:9hr ›Ready in:9hr15min

  1. Add the onion, stock and sliced pork fillet to a slow cooker and cook for 9 hours on low.
  2. To make the barbecue sauce: Place all the ingredients for the sauce in a saucepan. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer the pork and onions to a serving plate and pour over the barbecue sauce.

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Could you add the sauce at the start and let it cook all day?-28 Dec 2012

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  • 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder roast, trimmed
  • 1 package McCormick® Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Seasoning Mix
  • 1/2 cup French's® Tomato Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar

Key Products


  • Pork Shoulder
  • White Onion
  • Brown Sugar
  • Minced Garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Barbecue Sauce – You can use your favorite BBQ sauce. We love this easy homemade BBQ Sauce.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Chicken Broth

This all comes together for a fabulous meal everyone will enjoy. Your friends and family will love this pork shoulder. The flavor can’t be beat and your house will smell amazing as the crockpot bbq pulled pork cooks.

Crockpot Pulled Pork

This is the last Crockpot Pulled Pork recipe you will ever need. It is PERFECT. Just 5 minutes of prep and you are on your way to some AMAZING BBQ!

I&rsquove tried several crockpots pulled pork recipes in the past. Some have been good, but I&rsquove always far preferred the smoked version&hellip and for the record, I still do prefer that version. But this is the first slow cooker version I&rsquove tried that actually comes close.

There&rsquos a red rub recipe from my favorite BBQ cookbook, and I LOVE the flavor of pork. Obviously, you can&rsquot cook ribs or a pork shoulder with just a dry rub &ndash it still needs to cook in the liquid. But I still wanted the flavor profile.

I love cooking pork in the crockpot because it cooks perfectly every time! This crockpot pulled pork recipe is amazing, just like my Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe.

First, you want to put your Pork into the bottom of the slow cooker and top with the onion slices. I just do a rough chop of the onions and throw them on top.

Next, dump a half bottle of BBQ sauce on top. This is a good base and has all the sweetness that the pork will need in a good crockpot pulled pork &ndash no need to add cola or brown sugar. Some of the main spices in the red rub are paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper.

  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp black pepper.
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

I have also tried this exact recipe with a pork shoulder and it came out amazing, there&rsquos just more fat you&rsquoll have to manage. You can cut the fat off beforehand or cook it in the fat and fish it out later.

Now you have all the ingredients in the slow cooker, turn it on and start cooking! It&rsquos just that simple!

Cook on low for 8-10 hours and it will fall apart with the touch of a fork!

BONUS: The last time I made this, I remembered I had some liquid smoke in the cupboard. If you happen to have some, put a few shakes in. It certainly won&rsquot hurt!

After 8 hours on low, this should shred apart very easily. Serve on hamburger buns and watch this crockpot pulled pork disappear!

I always receive a lot of questions about my Crockpot Pulled Pork Recipe, so I thought I would answer them below:

Does Pulled Pork Require liquid if cooked in a slow cooker?

You always want to add a little liquid when using a slow cooker. I always recommend at least 1/4 of a cup. This recipe called for a 1/2 cup and Barbecue Sauce, which makes it a little watery if you plan on putting it over rolls. I use a slotted spoon to serve the pork since it drains out the liquid if I plan to serve it over rolls.

Can you put raw pork in a slow cooker?

The answer is a most definitely YES! The whole point of using a slow cooker is NOT cooking the food before you put it in the slow cooker. You want to literally throw everything into the slow cooker, turn it on and forget about it!

How do you make sure that the slow-cooked pork comes out tender when cooked?

Low and slow is the name of the game when cooking pork in the slow cooker. Cooking your pork fast is a sure way to make it tough and hard to eat. It will come out chewy if you cook it on high, so make sure that you cook on low for 8-10 hours to make it tender. You want to be able to shred it easily with a fork.

What is the best cut for pulled pork?

I personally like to use a pork shoulder. Here is a list of my favorite cuts:

  • Shoulder butt roast
  • Shoulder roast
  • Pork butt
  • Boston butt
  • Pork loin roast (the most lean cut)

Both the shoulder and butt cuts come from the shoulder of the pig, but the pork butt is higher up on the foreleg. The pork shoulder is farther down. They both start out as relatively tough and fatty cuts, but they both benefit from long, slow cooking methods.

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Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

Ryan Liebe for The New York Times. Food Stylist: Simon Andrews.

If you’ve spent any time on Pinterest or food blogs, you’ve likely come across a recipe for three-ingredient barbecue pulled pork that can be made in the slow cooker. Methods and ingredients vary, but the recipe almost always calls for boneless pork shoulder, some sort of dark cola (usually Dr Pepper or root beer) and barbecue sauce. Dubious? We were too, so we asked the members of our NYT Cooking Community Facebook page if anyone had ever made it and if they liked it. We received more than 150 very opinionated responses. Many readers have come up with their own clever twists, like using coffee or beer in place of cola, adding onions or chipotles, rubbing the meat with a spice blend and searing the meat before cooking. We tried cooking it a few different ways and found we liked this adaptation best. It calls for a few more ingredients and an extra step or two, but it’s got layers of flavor and it’s still mostly fuss-free. (You can find the pressure-cooker version of this recipe here.)

Converting this crock pot pulled pork Recipe into an Instant Pot Recipe isn’t that difficult. Here are the things that you are going to do differently:

  • Follow the exact directions as you would on the slow cooker recipe, but before you close the lid, add 1/2 cup of water or broth. This allows for steam to happen so the meat doesn’t dry out.
  • Close the lid, set it to sealing, then push manual. Set your timer for 30 minutes.
  • When the time is up, let it release on its own and then shred your pork and serve on your rolls.
  • Don’t rush it. Let it finish doing it’s thing and I promise you will get the best results.

Related recipe: These Slow Cooker BBQ Country Ribs are a family favorite and are so easy to make!

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Slow Cooker Kansas City Pulled Pork BBQ

Pulled pork is an obsession in my household. We experiment with different sauces, cooking techniques, pork cuts, and dry rubs. One thing is for sure: No matter who we are entertaining, there is a pulled pork recipe for their taste! This recipe features a thick, tomato-based sauce with a hint of brown sugar and spice.


  • 2 pounds Pork Loin
  • ½ cups Ketchup
  • ½ cups Water
  • ¼ cups Yellow Mustard
  • ¼ cups White Vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Onion Flakes
  • ½ teaspoons Red Pepper Flakes
  • ½ teaspoons Paprika
  • ¼ teaspoons Black Pepper


1. Place the pork loin in the slow cooker, fat side up.
2. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients.
3. Pour the sauce over the loin, making sure to completely coat the meat.
4. Place the lid on the slow cooker.
5. Cook on high for 4 1/2 hours or on low for 7 hours.
6. After the meat has cooked, use a fork and pull the pork into long threads.
7. Completely coat in the sauce and allow to sit for an additional 20 minutes, allowing the sauce to soak into the pork.
8. Serve and enjoy!

Crockpot BBQ Pulled Pork Ingredients

Simple is the name of the game when making this bbq pulled pork in the slow cooker.

  • Pork shoulder: Trim the pork of any excess fat before popping it into the Crockpot.
  • Mild diced green chiles: Use spicier chiles to kick up the heat of this dish.
  • Cherry Coke: Use regular Coke, NOT diet!
  • Brown sugar: Sweetens the sauce and helps deepen the molasses flavor.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Adds the balancing tang to offset the sweetness.
  • Liquid smoke: This is a very common ingredient and should be easy to find next to the barbecue sauces in your grocery store.
  • Dried herbs and spices: I used quite a few herbs and spices to lend flavor and heat to this sauce.
  • Orange zest: Adds a little something-something to the bbq pulled pork recipe.
  • Bbq sauce: Use your favorite store-bought brand or make a Homemade BBQ Sauce.

What’s the Best Pork for Pulled Pork?

For best results, use pork shoulder or pork butt to make the best pulled pork.

Slow Cooker Pork BBQ Recipe

Whoever invented the slow cooker was a freakin’ genius! Just toss in some ingredients and it does the work for you. Not only is it massively convenient, but some things just taste better when they are slow cooked, like this Slow Cooker Pork BBQ.

  • 1 (4-5 lb.) Boston butt pork roast
  • 18oz. bottle barbecue sauce
  • 12oz. cola
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ¾ cup mayo
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2½ tsp. vinegar
  • 1 bag of slaw
  • Hamburger buns
  1. Place roast in slow cooker.
  2. Add chopped onion.
  3. Pour in the cola and BBQ Sauce.
  4. Cover and cook until tender and meat shreds easily, about 8hrs. on high or 12-16hrs. set on low.
  5. To make the coleslaw, combine the vinegar, mayo and sugar in a large bowl and mix well.
  6. Add bag of slaw and mix well.

There ya go! A super easy slow cooker pork BBQ recipe and the coleslaw recipe to go with it. Enjoy!


  • 2-3 lbs pork shoulder roast
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cup hickory BBQ sauce.


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Hey Rosie! I don’t even eat pork but yet I still read the blog and watch the videos!! lol that’s when you know its real thanks for sharing

LOL! I have plenty of pork free recipes, and I’ll be uploading more! Thanks for following my blog! XOXO

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Thanks so much TeeTee! XOXO

Hey Rosie,
I’ve never been a fan of pulled pork but my husband loves it! I think you’ve given me a recipe that we’ll both adore!
I’m making it this weekend so I’ll let you know how it goes!
Thanks for all the wonderful recipes- you rock!

Hi Lisa! Let me know how it comes out for ya! Xoxo

Thanks Rosie for another great easy recipe for working woman who want come home to home cook meal. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I gave 5 stars because I know it is going be good You areca great cook. I have Ingredients on hand because I when store yesterday and got ingredients for the st Louis style baked ribs. Ibhavnt make it yet. When I do I let you vknow how it turn out. I had hardest time finding liquid smoke in Walmart. I found it and stock guy was like is it good and how much does it cost. I told him you had recipe all your recipes are good. I wasn’t finding dry mustard we finally found McCormick ground mustard . it was almost five dollars. I almost had heart I am cheap . but I know it will be good. I am glad I be able use dry. Mustard kosher salt, vinger, and liquid smoke and hickory barbeque sauce in this recipe and your best baked st .Louis ribs. Thanks to you Rosie I am becoming a great cook.

Hi Veronica! Thanks so much! Yes, I actually by my ground mustard in bulk now, because it is a little up there in price! Crazy right? I hope that you enjoy the recipe! XOXO