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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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. I’m going to make this Saturday to take to a pot luck, but the pork that I have are two 3lb lean pork roasts – they don’t have a bone in them or a big fat layer on the top. Will these still work??

    • Low and slow works on almost anything. They should work but I would air on the side of caution and cook on low for 10-12 hours. They may not shred the same because of the different meat cuts but will still be delish

  2. Incredible! It was yummy served in the ‘bowl’ of an acorn squash. My husband loved it (said it was better than his favorite restaurant’s pulled pork). Thank you!

  3. Made this on Sunday with a 4lb bone in pork shoulder and consumed it all solo by Wednesday. Seriously the best thing i’ve ever eaten. Had lots of extra dry rub and extra thick pork chops so used it to rub the chops, seared them on the stove, and baked them. Absolutely delicious! thanks!!

  4. Hi George,
    Thanks for sharing this recipe….it is one of my new favorites to make with my crockpot.
    I used to think I had to have pulled pork only on a bun or bread but I found out today that is is amazing on salad greens. Who needs dressing?
    Thanks again. Love your website, you are truly inspiring to so many people!

  5. I just wanted to let you know how much my roommates and I enjoyed this recipe. (We had been unable to find a time to eat together, but then they smelled this cooking and somehow their schedules magically opened up!) I did it with an 8 lb roast instead of the 4 lb, doubling the spice mixture– even with 8 of us eating dinner, I still have enough pork to last the rest of the month.

  6. WOW. This was amazing. AMAZING. I was almost afraid to add the sauce because it can stand alone just perfectly (I was afraid I’d eat too much in between shredding and simmering with the sauce), but it was even better with it. I have no idea how I stumbled across your site (Pinterest, maybe?) but thank goodness I did. I can’t wait to try some more of your recipes! Thank you!

  7. Another great Recipe CC! Made this today in my hotel room with a 4.7# B.I.P.S., and a 1/2 batch of the BBQ sauce, because that’s all that survived the weekend of it being in the fridge! Cooked for 9 hours on low, it warmed for an hour, then drained liquid, added BBQ, cooked on low for 30 minutes, and warmed for an hour. It was perfect! Super delicious with a sweet potato!

  8. So easy and tasty. Thank you!!

  9. Update: this pork was amazing!! It is the best thing I have ever made!
    I used a pork butt though and it did not taste like a pig’s ass, as far as I know.
    I cooked it for about 12.5 hours and it fell into shreds when I pulled it out of the crock pot.
    I will definitely make this about once a week now.
    Thanks for such an awesome recipe.

  10. Mine is cooking as we speak, but I had to use a pork butt because they didn’t have a shoulder and I already had my heart (and stomach) set on it, and I also purchased all the other ingredients. I hope the butt doesn’t taste like a pig’s ass…
    The BBQ sauce is amazing. I usually don’t care for BBQ sauce, but this one is great. My family also tried some and loved it.

  11. i recently broke my crock pot. do you think I could do this in a dutch oven?

  12. Thank you so much for this recipe. Made it for dinner the other night. Boyfriend and I couldn’t get enough. Then he sent me a picture from work today. Said they had pulled pork for lunch at the office but that mine was better. Will definitely be making this again.

  13. AnnaBeryl says:

    Hi George. I heard your interview with Abel and you inspired me to try and learn to cook. Like you said “the worst thing that can happen is it doesn’t turn out amazing”. I made the crockpot pulled pork and bbq sauce for my family last weekend and they loved it! I’m not known for my cooking so everyone was blown away. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I can’t wait to try all your recipes.

  14. Finally made this yesterday! I didn’t have smoked paprika, so used a mix of regular and hot paprika, along with some chipotle powder for smokiness. I let it chill overnight in the fridge, then it hung out in the crockpot on low for 10 hours and pulled apart easily with fingers! Juicy, tender, and DAMNED tasty! I of course had to make the beasty BBQ sauce to go with it (will comment on that over on that recipe). Thanks for a GREAT recipe George!!

  15. Melissa says:

    Hi George! I heard you on “the fat burning man” podcast yesterday, it was cool to hear your story in your own voice as I’ve been following your blog for almost a year now. I had already planned on making your beasty BBQ sauce for some bacon burgers last night, and I heard you talking about the sauce as well as this pulled pork. I picked up a pork roast on the way home and made both :)! Both were amazing!! Thank you so much for being awesome and happy memorial day!

  16. Tjtriangle says:

    It rocks! Thanks for another wonderful recipe! I love me some pulled pork!

  17. Tried this recipe for the first time the other day…. I literally am eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner – can’t get enough of it. So sodding good – it’s like a party in my mouth. What a taste sensation.

    I thank you kind sir.

  18. Tried this recipe last night and *loved it*! This was my second meal cooked in my new crock pot that you and your recipes convinced me to buy! :)

  19. Seriously, this is one of the best dishes I’ve ever made in my life. I don’t even like bbq sauce but that was my favorite part! I did add a little more water to the crock pot because I was worried 1/4 wouldn’t be enough to get the meat really juicy. But it was fantastic and we will definitely be adding this to our weekly rotation.

    • Oh thats so nice to hear, I am so glad you enjoyed. As long as you get a nice fat cap on your pork shoulder it will stay moist as it renders down and marinates itself. Hope you keep enjoying :)

  20. pictures are down…. hmmm

  21. Stephanie Arseneault says:

    This was absolutely amazing. Seriously. First time I made pulled pork, I dont think it could have been any better…. Thanks!!!

  22. This was complete pork deliciousness! I can’t have black/white pepper but substituted some red pepper flakes and it worked out great! I am going to cut this recipe in half next time though because I had way to much rub for just one pork shoulder. Can’t wait to try some of your other recipes! This was the first! Mmmmmmm

  23. Awesome Craig, this is by far my favorite recipe ever, I make this at least once a week and eat it throughout the week lol

  24. Craig Elliott says:

    I've made this about 6 times and each time my family goes crazy for it! I usually use two 4-6 lbs shoulder roasts, double the rub recipe and I slow cook it for anywhere from 16-24 hours (adding water if necessary).


  25. Thats so awesome Angie, I am so glad you enjoyed :)

  26. Frggin' amazing!! I can hardly control myself from picking off little pieces! Wish my partner would get home already!!!
    Thanks for sharing this fantastic recipe!

  27. Awesome Brandy, I made it yesterday too and will be eating it for the next week lol. Thanks for stopping by

  28. This was my first time using my crockpot….wow how yummy!! It made more than enough for my hubby & I to have plenty to eat for dinner tonight & tons of leftovers. I was afraid it would be too spicy for me, but after pulling it apart & letting the delish bbq sauce settle in, it was perfect!

  29. Thank you so much for stopping by JennS, I really appreciate your kind words and support. I hope everyone can enjoy my recipes and you are most welcome

  30. I have 4 lbs of boneless pork shoulder all rubbed and sitting in my fridge waiting for tomorrow. I added some garlic powder, cinnamon and unsweetened cocoa powder to the rub mix, and it smelled awesome…..I'm sure it will taste just as good.

    I'm loving your recipes, and my CrossFit and non CrossFit friends are always asking where I get my recipes and ideas (I direct them to you).

    Thanks for all that you do for our country, and for our bellies!

  31. Your welcome Melanie

  32. Thank you for your amazing recipes! I am preparing crockpot brisket tonight for tomorrow's dinner.

    More importantly, thank you for your service!

  33. Melanie thank you so much for your support. I would love to write a book sometime but I am neither educated enough to know what I am doing or have a publisher backing or offer. Also, I am an active duty Marine so 60-80 hours of my week are spent working and just keeping the website up to date is a sleepless venture, but I just enjoy hearing peoples successes and feedback

  34. CrossFit Northwest Tucson – the best one around! My husband and I are headed there shortly for the 9/11 Throwdown.

    We have absolutely LOVED everything on your website! I don't know how you do it, they're all amazing. Please write a book! :)

  35. Thank you for stopping by Melanie, I really appreciate the feed back. What crossfit are you at and you are most welcome, I hope they enjoy and many more recipes :)

  36. OMG! This is AMAZING! The pork fell right off the bone. It was so delicious. After hearing me rave about this, I sent my CrossFit friends to your blog and some of them are making it for tonight's dinner! Thank you!

  37. Anonymous says:

    Yumm!! I am going to try this today!

  38. ham recipes cook from NY says:

    This reminds me of Middle Eastern and Indian cooking, which rely heavily on an intricate array of spices and most recipes are made from scratch. Making sauces and such from scratch gives great flexibility in taste, texture, etc.

  39. Jessie this is one of my favorites. Let me know how you like it please :)

  40. This sounds delicious! Ingredients are on my shopping list and I will be making it this weekend! I love a good BBQ pork, mmm.

  41. George says:

    Oh my I hope you enjoy every minute of it. You are most welcome and feel free to get creative and make your own sauce, just get a good base and spice away :)

  42. So I have the pulled pork in my slow cooker and a pot of Son of Grok BBQ sauce on the stove….needless to say my apartment smells pretty amazing. I just have to wait one more hour and then it's eating time!!

    P.S. Thanks for posting this and the link to the BBQ sauce…I love living primal but definitely miss my sauce and dips so I'm pretty excited about this recipe….and it even tastes like BBQ sauce lol who knew?!?!

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