Dump and go recipes are the best, right!? Especially with this easy slow cooker pulled pork recipe. No precooking is required, just place everything in your crock pot and then you are ready for a pulled pork sandwich. This shredded, crock pot pork butt is great for sandwiches or on its own.
What Do You Need To Make Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
First things first is a crock pot or slow cooker of course. I use the original crock pot brand and I love using the liners for easy clean up; however, you do not have to. Make sure you grab a meat thermometer too, that can stay in a closed crock. I think food like ribs, and many types of pork, are perfect in the crock pot but that is up to you!
To make this crock pot shredded pork, just grab a couple ingredients and press go.
- BBQ Sauce
- Pork Butt
For the seasoning, I like my pork garlic-y and sweet, with a hint of onion; however, you can use any seasonings that you like, add or remove any, or reduce or add some more of what I use. This is what I like, and I think it is a pretty basic recipe that we can all get behind. Pulled pork seasoning mixes are also available for convenience.
With the BBQ sauce, I choose to use a sugar free one, which is why I add brown sugar replacement back in. I know, this is shredded crock pot pork, its not healthy, but I feel just a little bit better about myself by using sugar free, okay! You are more than welcome to use any of your favorite BBQ sauces, skip the brown sugar replacement or use regular brown sugar. I want this recipe to be something you, enjoy and love, and that just speaks you.
The meat I chose for this was pork butt, it is boneless. However, different types of pork work great too, pork shoulder is another great option.
Broth is used to keep the pork from drying out. You can use water or any other liquids such as soda, beer, cider, anything your imagination can think of.
How to Make Crock Pot Pork Butt
Slow cooked pulled pork is quite easy to make. The hardest part is trying not to devour the pork as the amazing smell fills your home all day long but that's another story.
I suggest using one of these crock pot liners for easy clean up, situate that on the crock pot first.
In a small bowl, combine all of the seasonings. Pat dry the pork butt, if there is any excess liquid then press the seasonings into all sides of the pork. Pour the broth into the bottom of the slow cooker then add in the pork. If there is a fat cap, put the fat cap placing up.
I use a meat thermometer to know exactly when the pork is ready. At this point, place your probe into the pork shoulder then cover the pot and cook on low for four hours, or until the pork reaches 205 degrees. At 205 degrees, the pork becomes very tender and it is easy to cook because the collagen has broken down. Science stuff, we are not here for that.
Let the pork cool for a couple minutes, so it is not too hot to the touch, then shred with a hand mixer or two forks. If there are any liquids, add those back into the pork and mix to allow the pork to absorb any juice.
Making More Slow Cooked Pulled Pork
This recipe calls for 1.5 pounds of pulled pork, which is not that much, it feeds about 4-6 people. To increase the amount of pork, it needs to be cooked a lot longer. I will chart some common poundage and their cook times, but again, a meat thermometer is your best friend. I pull it out when it hits 200-205 degrees.
- 1.5 pounds of pork - 4.5 hours
- 2.5 pounds - 7 hours
- 4 pounds - 9 hours
- 5 pounds - 10 hours
How To Use Crock Pot Pulled Pork
Crock pot pulled pork can be eaten by itself, over mashed potatoes, in tacos or in a sandwich. I eat mine by itself or typically as a pulled pork sandwich. Grab some slaw if making a sandwich.
What To Make With Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
What To Do With Leftovers
Leftovers of this crock pot pork butt are good in the fridge, in an air tight container for about 4 days. These make for great leftovers or meal prep.
What Else Can I Make in the Crock Pot
Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar replacement
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepepr
- ½ cup sugar free BBQ sauce
- 1.5 pounds pork butt
- ⅛ cup broth chicken
- Combine all seasonings in a small bowl, mixing together.
- Pat pork butt dry and press seasonings into the pork butt, on all sides.
- Place in your slow cooker, pour the broth around the pork and cook on low for 4.5-5 hours then shred. It should hit 200-205 degrees when done.
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