CrockPot Pulled Pork

CrockPot Pulled Pork
This was the first recipe I ever created on my own. If you have read my story, you know I taught myself how to cook while transitioning to Paleo. This recipe for crockpot pulled pork is close to my heart and still gets made weekly in our household, 4 years later. My favorite thing about this crockpot pulled pork, ANYONE can make it. Seriously, it’s that simple.

Crockpot Pulled Pork

This next question might anger some Texans, but who needs a smoker when you have a crockpot? I know it’s quite a large claim to say this rivals some of the best bbq pulled pork around but this crockpot pulled pork recipe has been converting people one by one. My amazing friend Abel from the Fat Burning man actually credits this recipe for our friendship.

Pair this crockpot pulled pork with the accompanying Beasty BBQ Sauce and you have a crowd favorite with minimal work. We actually make this recipe using 10 pound pork shoulders from Cook Pigs, and then freeze all the pulled pork for months. We use it to make sandwiches, soups, frittata’s and loaded nachos (recipe in The Paleo Kitchen).

I truly believe that cooking should be easy and fun and that is what creates the most elegant of flavors.

Once you have this recipe for crockpot pulled pork mastered, you can venture into a few of my other pulled pork recipes. They are just as delicious and have other options for cooking. Here they are:

What is your favorite way to eat pulled pork. I personally like pairing mine with some of my favorite side dishes. Here they are:

4.8 from 43 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 (leave out if to spicy)
  • 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 ¼ 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
  6. Pull the meat apart by tearing the meat into thin shreds with two forks or your fingers
  7. You can either put all the meat back in the juices in the crockpot, or
  8. 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.
  9. Serve and enjoy

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

      1. Sure did! I had made the sauce once before to marinate baby back ribs in….which was also delicious. But this pulled pork…. wow…. my guests were raving about it all week! ;)

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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).


  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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

  8. 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!

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

    More importantly, thank you for your service!

  10. 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

  11. 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! :)

  12. 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 :)

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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 :)

  17. 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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