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 300 degrees. Then put all of the ingredients into a roasting pan and cover with a lid.

Cook in the oven for 6 hours or until the pork is falling apart. The thickest part of the pork should read 170 degrees on your meat thermometer.

How to make Pulled Pork process picture


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?

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Pulled Pork Recipe

4.93 from 13 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 224 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna


  • 3-4 lb pork butt
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • cup liquid smoke
  • barbecue sauce (optional)


  • Rub your pork butt generously with the salt.
  • Place your pork in you crock pot and pour liquid smoke over it.
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours or until pork easily shreds off.
  • Serve alone or on hamburger buns with barbecue sauce.


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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. I’m going to have to try your recipe. I’ve been very hesitant to make pulled pork. It looks delicious!! Thanks for the simple recipe!

    1. You’re welcome, Crystal! Let me know if you give this a try… I’m curious what you’ll think. Have a great day. 🙂

    1. Same… and the recipe is so easy which means we want to make it all the time! Thanks for stopping by, Gina. 🙂

  2. Norwegians just discovered pulled pork this spring, and I haven’t gotten around to try it jet.

    Still I can see that it have grown mighty popular.

    I did not expect to cook if for 8 hours though, so I might try some pre-made ones or from a restaurant.

  3. 5 stars
    This is the yummiesT & easiest pulled pork recipe!! I love that it doesn’t require a lot of ingredients & it can be used for so many recipes!

  4. 5 stars
    Totally love this pulled pork recipe. Its simple with hardly any ingredients and putting it in the crockpot makes it super moist. So convienent!

  5. 5 stars
    Such a great pulled pork recipe. We love using this and seasoning it in different ways for different meals!

  6. I have a 7 1/2 poud pork butt. How much LIQUID smoke should i use and How long shoukd i cook it in thE crock pot? Thanks!

    1. I would just double the recipe & start with the same amount of time. If it needs more time, you can add. I haven’t doubled it, so I’m not sure if the time would be the same.

  7. 5 stars
    I would like too use a roaster, instead of my oven or crockpot. I do not care for the taste of pork that has been cooked in a crockpot.

  8. 5 stars
    The bESt, easiest reCIpe. Awesome taste. I dId on stOve in heavy duty pot beCause my sLow cookeR wouldn’t turn on.