Pulled Pork

This Delicious and Easy Pulled Pork Recipe is one that is made in the slow cooker and takes just minutes to prep!

I’m all about crock pot dinners that are made with little to no prep time, and this pulled pork is just that! If we want a different flavor, Kalua pork and sweet pork barbacoa are other awesome crock pot recipes to use up a pork roast!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork sandwich on plate with grapes

No-fail pork

We love to make meat for the holidays!! Our favorite meat to cook up is steak, but we also love to make hamburger and hot dogs and my hubby’s favorite – pulled pork!

He’s been a long time fan, and I have to admit I’m a convert now. I especially love that it’s so simple, and this version is one that is made in the slow cooker or crock pot.

My mom first found this recipe years ago and decided to add some liquid smoke – which adds the perfect flavor to this pork. We sometimes use the pork plain in different recipes, but also love to add BBQ sauce (our favorite is Sweet Baby Ray’s) and make delicious pulled pork sandwiches with it.

We can tell you right now, this recipe is no-fail! It’s simple and always gone quickly!

Crock Pot Pulled Pork in slow cooker

How to Make Pulled Pork

Making this recipe is so simple! It literally takes less than 5 minutes to prep.

The main question people ask is what kind of cut to use for pulled pork? The most common cuts of pork that you can use are pork shoulder (also known as pork or Boston butt) and a pork loin. Both are great options, but we like the butt piece better. 😉

PREP. To prep the meat, rub coarse salt all over the piece of pork.

COOK. Place in slow cooker, cover in liquid smoke and cook for 8-10 hours on LOW.

SHRED. From there, your pork should shred into pieces. We like to take two forks and shred the meat to use on it’s own, or to add bbq sauce—perfect for our Pulled Pork Sandwiches!

making In the oven

You can easily cook this pulled pork in the oven if you don’t have a slow cooker. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Rub liquid smoke and salt all over pork butt and wrap in foil. Then put it into a roasting pan.

Cook in the oven for 5 hours or until the pork is falling apart. The thickest part of the pork should read 145 degrees F on your meat thermometer. Then shred and serve.

How to make Pulled Pork process picture

WHAT TO DO WITH LEFTOVERS?

STORE. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.

FREEZE. Freezing it is super easy, and a great way to save leftovers. Store individual servings in freezer safe bags. Make sure to seal the bags tightly so none of it will leak out. Your frozen pulled pork will last anywhere from 2-3 months in the freezer.

Pull it out for a quick and easy meal when you don’t have time to make dinner! Let it thaw and heat it up over the stove or in the microwave. Serve it on rolls or in any of the recipes below!

Leftover pulled pork recipes collage

Leftover Pulled Pork Recipes

This is the recipe we use when cooking up any more. We use it for so many recipes, and if you have find that you have leftovers, here are some of our favorite things to make with it:

The possibilities are endless! This basic pulled pork recipe can be used in so many recipes.

Pulled Pork Recipe in sandwich on plate

We hope you love this pulled pork recipe as much as we do. It’s so flavorful and perfect to make for sandwiches or to use in other recipes.

what to serve with pulled pork?

For more pork recipes, check out:

Pulled Pork Recipe

4.96 from 25 votes
This Delicious and Easy Pulled Pork Recipe is one that is made in the slow cooker and takes just minutes to prep. Use the pork for any recipe, including Pulled Pork sandwiches, and you’ll love just how simple and tasty it is.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 225 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pounds pork butt
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • cup liquid smoke
  • barbecue sauce optional

Instructions
 

  • Rub pork butt generously with salt.
  • Place pork in your slow cooker and pour liquid smoke over it.
  • Cook on low for 8–10 hours, or until pork shreds easily.
  • Shred pork with a fork, then add barbecue sauce and stir to mix. Serve on hamburger buns with additional sauce and any desired toppings.

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Notes

To Freeze: Freezing this pork is super easy, and a great way to save leftovers. Store individual servings in resealable plastic freezer bags. Make sure to seal the bags tightly so none of it will leak out. Frozen pulled pork will last 2–3 months in the freezer. Pull it out for a quick and easy meal when you do not have time to make dinner! Let it thaw at room temperature, then heat it up on the stove or in the microwave.
Oven Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Rub liquid smoke and salt over the pork butt and wrap in foil. Place in a roasting pan and cook for 5 hours, or until the internal temperature is 145 degrees F. Shred and serve as directed above.

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is quick and easy to put together and turns out amazing! Last time I made this was for when we had friends over and still had a ton of leftovers.

  2. 5 stars
    I prefer the pork loin for pulled pork and I add some apple juice to the crock pot when cooking. This adds a little moisture and a different flavor. I have heard that some people use Dr. Pepper in the crock pot for flavor. To each his own, I guess!
    I love the Sweet Baby Ray’s for the bbq sauce!

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