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This deliciously easy pulled pork recipe is one that is made in the slow cooker and takes just minutes to prep making it a go-to dinner idea!

I’m all about crock pot dinners that are made with little to no prep time, and this Pulled Pork Recipe is just that! For a different flavor, Kalua Pork and Sweet Pork Barbacoa are other awesome crock pot recipes to use up a pork roast!

Pulled pork recipe served on a bun with grapes.

No-fail pork

We love to make meat for the summer holidays!! Our favorite meat to cook up is Steak, but we also love to make Hamburgers 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 this pulled pork recipe is so simple, and this version is one that is made in the slow cooker or crock pot.

Liquid smoke adds the perfect smoky 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 in minutes!

Seasoning pork butt for making pulled pork recipe.

How to Make Pulled Pork

Making this recipe is so simple! Slow Cooker Pulled Pork literally takes less than 5 minutes to prep.

PREP. Rub coarse salt all over the piece of pork.

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

SHRED. The pork should shred into pieces. We like to take two forks and shred the meat to use on its own, or to add BBQ Sauce to taste—perfect for our Pulled Pork Sandwiches!

pulled pork Variations

Spices. Dry rub the piece of pork with your favorite spices. I use salt, but you can add other spices such as black pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, brown sugar, or mustard powder.

Juices. Instead of liquid smoke, many people like to use apple cider vinegar or chicken broth to help tenderize and flavor the meat. 

Sauce. Eat Pulled Pork without added sauce, but I love using Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce or you can also make your own BBQ Sauce.

Ingredients for pulled pork recipe in a crock pot.

Other Cooking Methods

If you don’t have time to let the pork cook in the crockpot, you can speed up the process by using either your oven or an instant pot!

In the Oven

For the most tender Pulled Pork recipe you need time! If you don’t have 10 hours to use the crock pot, cut the time down by cooking it in the oven, but that will still take about 5 hours.

PREP. Preheat your oven to 300°F.

SEASON. Rub liquid smoke and 2 tbsp salt all over the pork butt and wrap in foil. Then put it into a roasting pan.

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

in an Instant Pot

Or try making this Best Pulled Pork Recipe in the instant pot!

SEASON. Rub the pork with salt. Select sauté on the instant pot. Add a bit of oil and brown the pork on all sides. Add the liquid smoke and ¼ cup of water or apple juice to the pot.

COOK. Place the lid on and secure it. Select high pressure and set the timer for 75 minutes. Allow the pot to naturally release for about 20 minutes before removing the pressure valve.

*See the user manual for more specific instructions.

Ingredients for pulled pork in a crock pot.

Why won’t it pull apart?

One of the reasons that I prefer to use a crock pot is because when you cook pork slowly on low heat it has time to become really tender and practically falls apart on its own.

When cooked at a higher temperature it can result in tougher meat that doesn’t shred well. Keep these times and temperatures in mind to achieve the most tender meat:

  • Cooking at the 225-250°F range – allow about 90 minutes per pound.
  • Cooking at the 250-300°F range – allow about 60 minutes per pound.
Shredding pulled pork recipe in a baking dish.

What to do with Leftovers

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

FREEZE. Store individual servings in freezer-safe bags for 2-3 months in the freezer. Make sure to seal the bags tightly so none of it will leak out.

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

This easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is used for so many recipes. If you have leftovers, here are some of our favorite things to make:

Pulled pork recipe served on a bun with grapes.

Recipe FAQ

What is the best cut of meat for pulled pork?

The most common cuts of pork to use are pork shoulder (also known as pork butt or Boston butt) and pork loin. Both are great options, but we think pork butt is the best cut of pork.

Why won’t my pork pull apart?

If you cooked it at a higher temperature (or used a different cooking method than the crock pot), you may get tough meat that doesn’t shred well. Or, if it doesn’t fall apart easily, your meat may not be done cooking yet. See more details under the section, “Why Won’t it Pull Apart?”

For more pork recipes, try:

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Pulled Pork Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
This deliciously easy pulled pork recipe is made in the slow cooker and takes just minutes to prep making it a go-to dinner idea!
Servings: 8
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 8 hours
Total: 8 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients 

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

STORE. Keep BBQ pulled pork in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.
FREEZE. Store individual servings in freezer-safe bags for 2-3 months in the freezer. Make sure to seal the bags tightly so none of it will leak out.  
Pull it out for a quick and easy meal when you don’t have time to make dinner! Let it thaw and heat it over the stove or in the microwave. 
Oven directions: Preheat the oven to 350°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°F. Shred and serve as directed above.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 225kcal, Protein: 32g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 102mg, Sodium: 1877mg, Potassium: 577mg, Calcium: 25mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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54 Comments

  1. Ellen Ward says:

    This turned out way better than I imagined. It is now the recipe I’m using for all the party BBQ’s. It did not last and I’m glad that there is a double and triple choice. Thank you for a great recipe.

  2. Maureen says:

    5 stars
    Pulled pork is a favorite for BBQ and this recipe is no exception. The flavors of the pork with a tangy BBQ sauce is perfect for a summer picnic. Pull up to the picnic table and enjoy a sandwich or two.

  3. Darrick Poole says:

    5 stars
    Pulled pork is one of my all time favorite meals. I am originally from North Carolina which uses a vinegar based recipe and I haven’t tasted a better sandwich anywhere else in the country. Do you have a North Carolina based recipe?