Slow cooker pulled pork is my favorite way to serve a crowd! This pork is coated in a homemade spice rub, then simmered in the crockpot until tender. Shred the meat, then dinner is ready to serve! Crockpot pulled pork is easy, tender, delicious and everyone always loves it!

With just about 10 minutes of prep, this recipe is perfect to add to the slow cooker before heading out for the day. You’ll come home to a crockpot full of tender, juicy pulled pork, perfect for sandwiches.

pulled pork sandwiches topped with creamy coleslaw

On busy days when I know I won’t have much time to prepare dinner, I love to use my slow cooker. My family absolutely loves this simple, yet satisfying pulled pork. It’s so delicious, I personally think it’s the best slow cooker pulled pork. And it makes for such an easy and versatile dinner option – it can be used in so many different ways. It’s a great option for a huge family dinner, for game day or even parties. I make this recipe at least once a month!

Let the slow cooker do all of the work, and then pile this pulled pork on toasted buns and top with some fresh homemade coleslaw for a meal that’s always a hit! We also love this slow cooker pulled pork piled on baked potatoes or served with Cauliflower Au Gratin or Mac and Cheese.

How To Make Slow Cooker Pulled Pork?

  1. Rub the pork with a homemade seasoning blend.
  2. To give the pork even more flavor, brown the outside of the meat in a pan with some oil.
  3. Add the pork to the slow cooker and cook it until tender.
  4. Once cooked, shred with 2 forks and stir back into the juices.
  5. If you’d like, you can add BBQ sauce to the meat. Serve on buns or rolls!
pulled pork cooking in a slow cooker

Video Tutorial for Slow Cooker Pulled Pork:

What Cut Of Meat Is Best For Pulled Pork?

For juicy, tender pulled pork, you want a cut of meat with some marbling for flavor and to keep the pork from drying out. The best cut of meat for pulled pork is pork shoulder. Pork butt and pork shoulder both come from the shoulder of the hog and either will work great. Either part of the pork shoulder will result in a wonderful taste and texture. However, if you have a choice between the top of the pork shoulder (the Boston butt) or the bottom of the pork shoulder (the picnic roast), choose the Boston butt. It will be the most juicy, tender, and super flavorful!

slow cooker pulled pork served on buns with coleslaw

Tips For Crockpot Pulled Pork

  • Browning the meat before adding it to the slow cooker is optional. If I have the extra time, I like to brown it because it brings out a lot of extra flavor to the pulled pork.
  • The spice rub listed in the recipe card, below, is very tasty and so easy. However, you can use a store bought spice mix, if preferred.
  • You can use bone in or boneless pork shoulder. If you use bone in pork shoulder, simply remove the meat from the bone before you shred it.
  • For the best results and most tender meat, I recommend slow cooking the pork on low for 8 hours. I would NOT turn the setting to high and only cook the pork for 4-6 hours.
  • If you prefer saucy pulled pork, simply add about 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce to the meat once it is shredded.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Serving Suggestions

  • My favorite way to serve pulled pork is piled high on a toasted bun and topped with fresh, creamy, crisp coleslaw! Use my easy homemade coleslaw recipe that is absolutely delicious. I give instructions for shredding your own cabbage or using a bag mix.
  • Pulled pork is also wonderful spooned over baked potatoes, baked sweet potatoes or even baked macaroni and cheese.
  • Use pulled pork in tortillas topped with avocado, sour cream and cheese for taco night.
  • To use up leftover pulled pork use it as a pizza topping, for nachos or add it to soup or salad.
pulled pork sandwich served on a white plate

Slow cooker pulled pork is honestly one of my favorite meals. It always comes out so tender, flavorful and delicious. It’s amazing in a sandwich, on pizza, for tacos, or to simply eat as-is with some chips and potato salad. Using a crockpot makes it such an easy meal too! This one is definitely a crowd pleaser!

More Slow Cooker Recipes You’ll Love

Slow Cooker Ham

Crockpot Lasagna

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Vegetable Beef Soup

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hands holding pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw
pulled pork sandwiches topped with creamy coleslaw
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Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 239 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 102mg34%
Sodium 684mg30%
Potassium 696mg20%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 39g78%
Vitamin A 278IU6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:8 servings
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 10 mins

Slow cooker pulled pork is my favorite way to serve a crowd! This pork is coated in a homemade spice rub, then simmered in the crockpot until tender. Shred the meat, then dinner is ready to serve! Crockpot pulled pork is easy, tender, delicious and everyone always loves it!

  • 3-4 pounds pork shoulder, bone in or boneless, can also use country style pork ribs
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 onion chopped
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the paprika, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, salt and brown sugar. Rub this all over the pork shoulder.
  2. Heat a large pot with about 1 tablespoon oil over medium high heat. Brown the pork shoulder on all sides about 3-4 minutes per side. on the stove.
  3. Place pork shoulder in the slow cooker with the onions and cook on the low setting for 8 hours.
 After 8 hours, shred the pork with two forks and mix it all up with the "pan sauce" that's inside the slow cooker.
  4. Serve on toasted buns with coleslaw.

Recipe Notes

For BBQ pulled pork: After pork is shredded, stir in about 1 cup BBQ sauce, then serve.

Leftover pulled pork can be stored in the fridge for up to four days, or in the freezer for up to four months.

Make ahead: The pork can be made a day or two in advance.

Photos by Sasha at Eat Love Eats.

Author: Kim
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crockpot pulled pork, pulled pork, slow cooker pulled pork

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