The Very Best Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 hrs
Total Time
8 hrs 10 mins

Easy and flavorful, Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is so fabulously simple to make and great for feeding a crowd.

Course: Dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: slow cooker pulled pork
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 246 kcal
Author: Kellie
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 lbs bone-in pork shoulder
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, salt, beef stock, vinegar, liquid smoke, tomato paste and honey. Set aside.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.

  3. Season the pork on all sides with salt and pepper. Place the pork in the skillet and brown on all sides, approximately 15-20 minutes. (It may take about 5 minutes per side, brown until crusty and golden.)

  4. Transfer the pork to the slow cooker, fat side up, and pour the liquid mixture over the pork.

  5. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hours.
  6. Turn the pork over and cook for an additional 3 hours on low. (Alternatively, you can cook the pork on high for 4 hours total.)

  7. Transfer the pork roast to a large platter. Using two forks, carefully remove the fat layer and discard. Shred the pork and remove the bone from the slow cooker.

  8. Return the shredded pork to the slow cooker. Continue cooking for 1 hour on low.

  9. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Pork can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 3 days.
Pork can also be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts
The Very Best Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 246 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 429mg19%
Potassium 591mg17%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 1545IU31%
Vitamin C 2.3mg3%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.