CrockPot Pulled Pork

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So this was my first ever attempt at pulled pork and ever slow cooking anything.  Who needs a smoker when you have a crock pot?  This was absolutely amazing and I have eaten a lot of pulled pork, this with my Beasty BBQ Sauce and its delicious.  I almost ate 2 lbs of this pork by myself.  Hope you enjoy.

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5.0 from 27 reviews

CrockPot Pulled Pork
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Serves: 8
  • 4 lb bone in pork shoulder
  • 4 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp ground white pepper
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 full batch of Beasty BBQ Sauce
  1. Mix all of the above ingredients except the pork shoulder and the BBQ sauce in a small mixing bowl, mix it all well making your spice rub
  2. Massage the spice rub all over the meat in every crevice you can find
  3. Wrap tightly in a double wrap of plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, I did mine overnight. You can refrigerate this for up to 3 days
  4. Unwrap the roast and place it in your crock pot, add 1/4 cup of water and turn your crock pot on low and cook for 8-10 hours until the meat is fork-tender
  5. Transfer your roast to a cutting board and discard all the liquid in your crock pot
  6. Pull the meat apart by tearing the meat into thin shreds with two forks or your fingers
  7. Place all the shredded meat back in the crock pot and toss with Beasty BBQ Sauce and heat on low for 60 minutes until hot.
  8. Serve and enjoy

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  1. This is chilling in my fridge ready to cook tomorrow or Sunday. Concerned my butcher may have given me a poor substitute for the cut of meat required. Have ordered a different cut from the supermarket, but still can’t find a bone in cut. Fingers crossed all will be well.

  2. Thanks for a wonderful recipe. This was soooo good. I think my picky 7 year old ate at least half of the dish. He went back for fourths! The barbeque sauce was a bit spicy for my kids, but my husband and I thought it was wonderful. I’m curious to see how it tastes tomorrow. Maybe the kids will like it better once the spice tones down.

    Thanks again!

  3. This has been cooking all day and it smells so delicious! I love the spiciness – people might want to dial it down for kids but it I loved it. It seems done to me but it’s only been in for 6 hours. Can’t wait to eat this tonight if I don’t finish it all ‘testing’ it today!

  4. OMG, this really is some of the best pork I may have ever tasted. I didn’t even make the BBQ sauce because the meet was so flavorful by itself.

  5. Heather K says:

    Ohhh, this looks so good! Will be making it for our first ever Floral Cabin Family Reunion over Labor Day weekend. The boys, our adult sons Jeff & Neel are trying to outdo each other with various smoked meats out on the grill and smoker, but Mama may just have them beat with this recipe….thanks for sharing!

  6. Sweet baby gee zus… that was stupendous!

    Like others I left out the beasty sauce (I made it, but the taste wasn’t for me)… and holy cow (errr… pig) it didn’t need it!
    The spice rub was perfection! Paired with a baked sweet potato… and this is now my new #1 favorite meal!

  7. My 14 year old made this and mistakenly substituted curry powder for paprika.
    Still good!
    The spice rub wrap & slow cooking combine for a moist, mouthwatering dish.

  8. Hi George -
    I made the pulled pork tonight and it was delicious!!! I bought the pork with out bone because that’s all I could find at whole foods. I also only bought 2lbs. I ate it with watermelon and corn on the cob. I know corn is not exactly paleo but it was sooooo good. I ate left overs for lunch and it was even better as it sat overnight in the beastly bbq sauce. It was a great summer meal and the whole family loved it. Your the bomb. I love your recipes!! Thanks a million.

  9. I can’t lie. I’ve made this twice in one week and have eaten it all myself. granted, I used 2 lbs of pork the first time just in case I didn’t like it. I used 4 lbs today and i’m glad I did. this is my new favorite pork meal! I think I could bathe in your beasty sauce or use it as a face mask.

  10. This is great pork! The seasoning was not spicy at all which i love! Ive never been a spicy foods person so this has the perfect amount of kick. I had it with the beasty sauce and its my favorite recipe ive tried of yours! I must take this to a potluck because everyone would be shocked that i made it after my five years as a vegan! Haha good to be a meat eater again.

  11. I like to slow cook my pork 20 to 24 hours….it gets better! Any danger in cooking it this long….it comes out more luau style this way


  12. I’m making this for when we go camping. I will need to cook then freeze the pork. Should I keep the liquid in the crockpot and freeze the pulled pork with it so it doesn’t dry out when I re-heat? Or will it be ok without the liquid?

  13. This is the best pulled pork ever! I made this for dinner tonight and my 8 year old daughter and her cousin loved it so much that they are having it as a “midnight snack”! Also, my daughter told me that I should never buy BBQ sauce again because the Beasty sauce is her favorite! Thank you for such a great recipe!

  14. I just made the spice rub and it feels like a lot. I’ve never done the whole spice rub thing- do I use it all on the shoulder? Or is it a mix that you use for a few others also?

    Thanks so much for this recipe- I’ve been dying for some “safe” pulled pork!!!

  15. Oh holy hell, I just put the rub on and realized I put 2 T of cayenne instead of teaspoons. Any ideas how to save it? HELP!!!

  16. This was delicious. And I loved the beasty bbq sauce. I reviewed it earlier, but have no idea where my comment went. Oh well, you’ll never get to read my tasty words about it. ;) I did use pork tenderloins, and didn’t do the rub overnight, and it still turned out wonderful. And I will be donating to the paleo heart. What a wonderful, giving thing to do. There’s a tremendous heart in that ripped, tattooed chest of yours.

  17. Paula Reed says:

    So, I’ve made the pulled pork twice and chickened out on the Beasty sauce because I thought it had strange ingredients (no offense!) and we LOVED the seasoning rub on the pork anyway. Tonight I decided to go all out and make the Beasty BBQ sauce..WOW! Delicious! Can’t believe I waited this long…now my favorite BBQ sauce ever. :) I own your cookbook – have loved every recipe I’ve tried so far (and that’s quite a few). :) Thanks!

  18. We made this last night and it was great. The meat was a tad spicy for me but my husband loved it! Any suggestions on how to tone it down and make it taste a little more sweet bbq than spicy?

  19. Adam Painter says:

    George, I wanna start by saying I rarely post reviews of anything, but I have to let everyone know about your Crockpot Pulled Pork and Beasty BBQ Sauce! I have been looking at this recipe for about a month now ever since a buddy turned me on to your website. I love pulled pork and have made it many different ways, but WOW WOW WOW!!! I will be making this for a long time to come. The spices in the rub are outstanding and after 10 hours on low heat, the meat fell cleanly off he bone. It was so tender and juicy that I shredded it with my fingers. Additionally, I made your BBQ sauce as well. Having lived in Kansas City my entire life, I am accustomed to the sugary, molasses based BBQ sauces and definitely needed something more paleo. Your recipe is a perfect mix of sweet and spicy and goes perfect with this pork. In fact, I think it would go well with many proteins. I wish you well as you start a new chapter post-military and am eager to try more of your creations. Keep up the excellent work!

  20. Vanessa says:

    I agree, this is a winner!! I had this with mixed green salad on the side, and even the meat with the lettuce was oh so good!! Even my 3 year old cleaned her plate and had seconds!! There is so much left over too. I think I’m also going to use this as one of my go to recipes for potlucks. Thank you for sharing.

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