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pulled pork on a plate

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

This pulled pork recipe is a cinch to make when you whip it up in the crockpot. Add some BBQ sauce and your dinner is done!

Yield: 8-10 servings 1x
Prep: 10 minutesCook: 8 hoursTotal: 8 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (3- to 4-pound) pork shoulder (also known as Boston butt), trimmed
  • 1 1/2 cups BBQ sauce, homemade or your favorite all-natural store-bought BBQ sauce
  • 810 whole wheat hamburger buns, toasted on the insides under the broiler

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  1. In a small bowl, combine the onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  2. Pat the pork shoulder dry with paper towels and rub it with the seasoning mix to coat all sides. (Freezing instructions begin here.)
  3. Place the seasoned pork in the slow cooker and top with 1 cup of the BBQ sauce.
  4. Cover and cook on Low for 7 to 9 hours or on High for 4 to 5 hours, until the meat easily shreds.
  5. Transfer the pork to a cutting board and shred the meat. Return the meat to the slow cooker and stir it into the sauce.
  6. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the meat to the toasted buns and top with the remaining BBQ sauce as desired. Serve.


Follow steps 1 and 2. Place the seasoned pork and 1 cup of the BBQ sauce in a gallon-size freezer bag or container. Seal and freeze. Place the remaining 1 2 cup BBQ sauce in a small freezer bag or container and the buns in a separate freezer bag. Seal and freeze them alongside the pork.


Thaw. Place the pork in the slow cooker. Follow steps 4 through 6.


© Author: Polly Conner
Cuisine: American Method: Slow Cooker