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Crock Pot Pulled Pork

Crock Pot Pulled Pork is one of the easiest and most affordable slow cooker dinners you'll ever make!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword crock pot pulled pork, pulled pork crock pot, Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 10 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 438kcal
Author Blair Lonergan

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth (or sub with other cooking liquid, such as apple cider, beer, Dr. Pepper, or Coca Cola)
  • 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt (plus more as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 (6-7 lb.) bone-in Boston Butt or pork shoulder
  • Optional, for serving: bbq sauce; sandwich buns; coleslaw; pickles

Instructions

  • Place the onion and garlic in the bottom of a large slow cooker. Pour chicken broth over top.
  • In a small bowl, make a rub by whisking together brown sugar, chili powder, salt, smoked paprika, garlic powder, cumin, and onion powder. Pat the pork dry with paper towels. Rub the spice mixture all over the pork.
  • Place the meat on top of the onions and garlic. Cover and cook for 10-12 hours on LOW or for about 5-6 hours on HIGH. When the pork reaches an internal temperature of 205°F it will be fall-apart tender!
  • Turn off the slow cooker and remove the pork to a cutting board. Use two forks to shred the meat, discarding any large pieces of fat.
  • Add juices from the pot to moisten the meat, as desired. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, if necessary. Serve with bbq sauce.

Notes

Nutrition information is an automatically calculated estimate only. Facts will vary greatly depending on the size, cut, and amount of meat on your Boston Butt.
  • You may need to adjust the cooking time, depending on how hot your slow cooker runs (and how big your pork is). The pork will be fall-apart tender when it reaches an internal temperature of 205°F.
  • If your pulled pork is tough, it's probably because you haven't cooked it long enough. The collagen in the meat is what keeps it tough, so you need to allow plenty of time for those fibers to break down. Just extend the cooking time and make sure that there's enough liquid to keep the pork moist as it simmers.
  • Cooking for a smaller family? This meat freezes really well! I like to package leftovers in individual containers, label them, and stash them in the freezer for later meals. The pulled pork is delicious served on sandwich rolls, but it also works well on salads, tacos, stuffed in baked potatoes, nachos, in quesadillas, or on pizza! Get creative and enjoy the leftovers in a variety of ways.
  • Shred the cooked meat on a rimmed baking sheet to catch any juices.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/10 of the recipe | Calories: 438kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 60g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 191mg | Sodium: 926mg | Potassium: 1141mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 335IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 4.2mg