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:

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CrockPot Pulled Pork
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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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260 Comments

  1. I have made this receipt now a few times and it is AMAZING. So packed full of flavor. When I made it last week one of my boys said “I wish there was a planet made of this so I could eat it all.” It’s a win for our family. Thanks!

  2. Hey George,

    I just made this overnight in the crock pot. I followed your recipe exact – well I tried to adjust because my meat was only 3 lbs. I also made the Beasty BBQ sauce & added it to the pork. It came out way too spicy! I wanted to serve it to kids as well as adults who are not good with spice. Any thing I can add to it to tone it down or can you let me know how to achieve something for kids/ wimpy adults?

    Thanks!

  3. If I was running a little behind on time and wanted to put on crockpot for high and switch over would I be able to do that. After the 3 hours I have about 6.5-7 hours before dinner

  4. This was awesome. Best pulled pork I think Ive ever made. Thank you. And beasty BBQ sauce is terrific. Any suggestions for what to substitute for the pineapple for someone trying to do low carb?

  5. Thanks so much for this recipe. It was great! I also got to try out my new immersion blender for the first time on this recipe. How did I ever live without one? lol Lovely taste, I used the lesser amount of pineapple. My husband likes a little more heat. Do you have any suggestions on hoe to do that? Chili powder perhaps? Thank you so much, this was wonderful!

      1. Can you make this without the crock pot?
        Could you make it in the oven and if so, what would you suggest re: temperature and time?
        This looks incredible, but I don’t yet have a crock pot/slow cooker…
        :(

  6. So yummy! I no longer have to crave our local bbq place and all the foods I cannot eat there, this does the trick! Thank you!

  7. Hi, just made this tonight and it was great. I didn’t think that it needed any sauce, very flavorful with just the rub. Thanks for such a flavorful recipe!

  8. I lost my recipe folder that had the spice rub I’ve been using for decades. Found this post when I came home with a pork shoulder and couldn’t find my recipe, and danged if this doesn’t seem like the exact same thing! Obviously the house is already smelling great.

    Your BBQ sauce recipe looks fantastic, but I’m also a huge fan of the classic NC-style vinegar sauce. I use 1 cup white vinegar, 1 cup cider vinegar, 1 T sugar, 1 T red pepper flakes, 1 T Tabasco and salt and pepper

  9. LOVE this! Made it for the first time and will again for sure probably every other week! I have a ton of sauce leftover. I’d like to now do this dish which pulled chicken and use the sauce on it–is that possible? How can I use chicken instead?

  10. hi! If I half the recipe since it’s just me, my husband and little one, would I half all the spices too or does it become too bland then? Prob a stupid question but just making sure :)

  11. I rarely post feedback but for this recipe I just had to.
    Hands down the best, not just pork but entire meal I have ever cooked!
    The flavours are out of this world!
    This will be getting cooked again for sure.
    I made the BBQ sauce to go with it and it goes together very well. I did however need to stop myself eating it all before I added the sauce!

  12. I had never cooked pork of any kind before and decided to start with this recipe last night. WOW! Fantastic! Melt in your mouth wonderful! My dad, who is a self-described connoisseur of BBQ and takes an annual BBQ road trip to hot spots in TN, MS and AL, pronounced it as good as any he’s EVER tasted anywhere! Will be making this often! Thanks! Oh, an I had an 8.8lb shoulder and let it cook for 13 hours. It was falling off the bone IN the crockpot!

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