Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

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This slow cooker pulled pork recipe is a delicious meal that will feed a crowd. It’s so easy to make this in the Crock Pot on a busy day.

Slow cooker pulled pork: an easy, incredibly delicious dinner recipe for the Crock Pot.

This slow cooker pulled pork recipe is a super easy, make-ahead meal that can feed a crowd. It can also feed a small family several times, so it’s a great freezer meal. I’ve written before about my aversion to ketchup, and here I am again avoiding this ingredient. My pulled pork recipe includes a simple homemade barbecue sauce with lots of delicious flavor.

Pulled pork can stand alone as a main dish, but you can also serve it on a sandwich. It even works over rice, polenta, or baked potatoes. Garnish with cole slaw or serve aside a salad for a flavorful, well-balanced dish.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

This slow cooker pulled pork recipe is a delicious meal that will feed a crowd.
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:8 hours
Total Time:8 hours 10 minutes

Recommended Equipment


  • 1 large onion quartered
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 4 lb pork shoulder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 3 tbs maple syrup


  • Place the onion and garlic in the slow cooker.
  • Trim the visible fat off the pork shoulder, and cut it into a few large pieces if needed to fit in your slow cooker.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the paprika, chili powder, cumin, and salt. Rub these dry seasonings on the pork. Place the pork in the slow cooker.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the vinegar, tomato sauce, and maple syrup. Pour the sauce over the pork.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours. The pork will be cooked through after just a couple hours, but you want to keep cooking it "low and slow" so that it absorbs the flavors and shreds easily.
  • After 8 hours, shred the pork by breaking it apart into small pieces with two forks.
  • Puree the remaining sauce and pour a little bit over each serving.

Approximate Nutrition Info

Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 515mg | Potassium: 391mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 157IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 12
Calories: 162kcal
Cost: $1.81 per serving

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Price Breakdown

The cost of this recipe depends largely on what you pay for pork. I can get local, humanely raised pork shoulder at Whole Foods for $4.99 per pound, yielding a total cost of $21.69 for this big batch of pulled pork. That comes out to $1.81 per serving. This delicious slow cooker pulled pork is an easy recipe to make when you’re serving a crowd.

What recipe do you make in the slow cooker when you have a big crowd to feed? Please tell us in the comments.

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