Our Crockpot Pulled Pork recipe is the perfect combo of BBQ flavor, great spice, and simple prep. Your family will LOVE this second-to-none BBQ style feast! Break out the coleslaw, baked beans, and corn on the cob.

Crockpot Pulled Pork drizzled with bbq sauce, topped with coleslaw in a bun

Crockpot Pulled Pork has everything you’re looking for in this simple rendition of an American classic. With a quick dry rub followed by a long simmer in your slower cooker, this pulled pork crockpot recipe will be a hit with any crowd. Pair the tender, juicy meat with your favorite barbeque sauce to put the final touches on this perfect main course that can be served sandwich or platter style. You’ll love how quickly this crockpot pulled pork recipe comes together and without any fuss, makes an amazing meal the whole family will love. This crockpot pulled pork is truly a ‘fix it and forget it’ meal with simple ingredients. That doesn’t mean that it won’t taste like you put hours of effort into it! The preparation is a snap, and the slow cooker does the rest. With its effortless assembly and succulent results, this is the best pulled pork recipe ever!  

Every bbq pulled pork recipe has its own twist. Barbeque means something different for everyone and inspires passionate devotion in die-hard BBQ enthusiasts. Barbeque is an ancient cooking technique that has taken on many variations over the years.

With something very close to religious fervor, chefs have quested after the perfect BBQ recipe. The pulled pork Jamie Oliver makes incorporates a bit of heat from ground chilis with the smokiness of paprika while the pioneer woman pulled pork recipe uses sweet soda to balance the spice in her variation. There are others who would consider it nothing short of blasphemy to use anything other than a smoked pulled pork recipe. We’ll leave the details to the purists. Just get ready to fill your plate!

The best thing about barbeque is that it doesn’t have to be fancy to be fantastic!

What I love most about this recipe:

  • The meat is melt in your mouth tender
  • Fix it and forget it in the crockpot
  • The convenience of using my favorite sauce
  • Makes great sammies or perfect for a BBQ plate

What is Crockpot Pulled Pork?

This method of preparing pork crockpot style is a common technique for cooking a tougher cut of meat over low heat until it can be pulled apart into small, shredded pieces. It is traditionally associated with barbeque and paired barbeque sauce.

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How do you make Crockpot Pulled Pork?

Making Crockpot Pulled Pork doesn’t require a smoker or sensational BBQ champion skills. Simply apply the dry rub mixture to the meat and put it in the slow cooker on top of onions, garlic, and chicken broth. Once it is fully cooked and falling apart, break it up and add barbeque sauce for perfect crockpot bbq pulled pork!

Step By Step How To Make Crockpot Pulled Pork

Step By Step Overview: How To Make Crockpot Pulled Pork

  1. Spread the sliced onions and garlic in the crockpot.
  2. Pour in chicken stock.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together. Dry pork roast with a paper towel, then sprinkle spice mixture over pork roast.
  4. Rub spice mixture over pork roast
  5. Place pork roast in crockpot on top of onions and garlic. Set the time. Cover and cook.
  6. Remove the pork from the crockpot and pour onion-liquid mixture into the sieve.
  7. Chop the drained onion mixture on cutting board and return it to the crockpot.
  8. Shred the pork roast with two forks. Return meat to the crockpot.
  9. Pour the BBQ sauce over shredded pork.
Crockpot Pulled Pork drizzled with bbq sauce, topped with coleslaw in a bun
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Crockpot Pulled Pork

Our Crockpot Pulled Pork recipe is the perfect combo of BBQ flavor, great spice, and simple prep. Your family will LOVE this second-to-none BBQ style feast!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 1053 kcal
Author Kathleen



  • 2 Large Yellow Onions Thinly Sliced
  • 6 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Cup Chicken Stock
  • 1 Tablespoon Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 3 Tablespoons Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 5 Pound Boneless Pork Shoulder Twine or Net Removed
  • 2 Cups Prepared BBQ Sauce

Serve With:

  • 2 Cups Prepared Coleslaw
  • 6-8 Bakery Style Rolls


  1. Spread the sliced onions and garlic in a single layer on the bottom of a slow cooker and pour in chicken stock.

  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the next 4 ingredients until evenly combined.

  3. Dry pork roast with paper towels to remove any moisture from packaging. Evenly rub the spice mixture over pork roast and set on top of the onion mixture. 

  4. Cover and cook 6-8 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low.

  5. Remove the pork from the crockpot to a cutting board. 

  6. Set a sieve over a heat-proof mixing bowl and pour the onion-liquid mixture into the sieve. Place the drained onion mixture on a cutting board and roughly chop them into bite-sized pieces. Return the chopped onions to the crockpot and discard the liquids.

  7. Using 2 forks shred the pork roast, removing any large pieces of fat. Return the meat to the crockpot. 

  8. Pour in the prepared BBQ sauce and toss to evenly combine it with the onions and shredded pork. 

  9.  Cut bakery rolls in half, top generously with pork mixture, add an extra drizzle of BBQ sauce if desired, top with coleslaw and enjoy! Pass the extra napkins <3

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Nutritional Information

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Nutrition Facts
Crockpot Pulled Pork
Amount Per Serving (1 /6 of the recipe)
Calories 1053 Calories from Fat 459
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 51g 78%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 269mg 90%
Sodium 5020mg 209%
Potassium 495mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 70g 23%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 38g
Protein 77g 154%
Vitamin A 20.5%
Vitamin C 16.7%
Calcium 14.7%
Iron 17.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Crockpot Pulled Pork drizzled with bbq sauce, topped with coleslaw in a bun

Recipe Notes for Crockpot Pulled Pork:

Food Safety: when dealing with any raw meat, pay attention to proper food handling. Here’s an article from the USDA that’s got all kinds of great info on pork in general and the proper food handling techniques.  Always good to have the facts!

Coleslaw: I always serve my pulled pork sandwiches topped with coleslaw. If you’re a regular reader to our blog, you probably already know which recipe for coleslaw I use! It’s my all-time favorite KFC Copycat Coleslaw Recipe. BTW-it’s been one of my most popular recipes for years so you know other people are enjoying it, too! If you’re pressed for time, grab a quart of coleslaw at your Supermarket deli, no judgment at all <3

Rolls: I like to serve this on some bakery style cheddar cheese rolls. I find them at my Supermarket bakery. If those aren’t available, I like the onion rolls. Any type of roll of bun works!

No slow cooker: No problem! Just use a pulled pork recipe oven method. These Pulled Pork Sandwiches are every bit of as scrumptious as the slow cooker version.

Saucey Suggestions: Ever stood staring at the wall of BBQ sauces in the store and felt overwhelmed? Yeah- me too! There are so many choices- tangy, spicy, sweet, or mustard? Thick or thin? Kansas City, Texas, or Carolina?  

The best way to choose is to do your homework! Read online reviews and of course, do your own taste test! That sounds like a great excuse to eat more BBQ!

What’s the Best Cut of Meat to Use For Crockpot Pulled Pork?

One of the most awesome things about a crockpot is the low and slow cook can tenderize even the toughest cut of meat. This means that you can buy less expensive cuts and still get a fabulous end result. The best cut for Pulled Pork Slow Cooker is typically a pork shoulder/butt or a pork loin. Pork loin is usually a bit smaller than the shoulder, so slow cooker pulled pork tenderloin can be a good option for a smaller group.

Pork Shoulder For Crockpot Pulled Pork

Can you make Crockpot Pulled Pork ahead of Time?

Absolutely! It will store well in the fridge for a couple of days or freeze it for longer storage. Warm it up in the slow cooker or on top of the stove.

Crockpot Pulled Pork drizzled with bbq sauce in a bun

How Do You Freeze Pulled Pork?

Freezing pulled pork is a cinch! After cooking the pork and mixing in the sauce, allow the meat to cool and put it in a freezer bag or container. It will stay good for about 3 months. Consider freezing individual sizes for a quick lunch or dinner- just pop in the microwave and enjoy!

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Source: Adapted From Chowhound

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