You will adore this Slow Cooker Pulled Pork. It’s savory and sweet and just melts in your mouth. I literally stand by the crock pot and sneak nibbles out before dinner when we make this. It’s just *so* good!
Slow cooker pulled pork is such a ridiculously easy recipe to make and always a crowd pleaser.
This pulled pork slow cooker recipe was one of the very first recipes I learned out to make a little over ten years ago, and it’s still the one I go back to on a regular basis.
We like to serve it with homemade refrigerator pickles!
What is the best cut of meat for pulled pork?
Pork butt roast, Boston butt, or pork shoulder are what we traditionally use for our pulled pork recipe in the slow cooker. All three of these are the same cuts of meat, it just has several names.
If you’re feeling ambitious or find a good sale, a whole picnic will work too.
You’ll end up with more large chunks of fat to remove at the end, but it’s a great way to make a lot and freeze some for later.
Can you use pork tenderloin for pulled pork in the slow cooker?
Yes, you can use pork tenderloin for pulled pork in the slow cooker. Pork tenderloin is a more lean cut of meat so it will be less fatty and a little drier.
If you use tenderloin for pulled pork, make sure not to skimp on the liquid, as that is what will help make it juicy and delicious.
How long do you cook pulled pork in the slow cooker?
A four pound pork shoulder is going to take at least six hours on high in the slow cooker to become a delicious pulled pork.
We generally suggest six to eight hours on high, or eight to ten hours on low.
The long and low heat is what makes the pork so tender.
How do you make pulled pork nachos?
After you’ve cooked your butt roast in the slow cooker and made a perfect pulled pork, you’re going to want to pull out a large shallow pan or a sheet pan.
Layer tortilla chips, then cheese, pickled jalapenos, and pulled pork. Repeat the layers until you have a mountain of nachos, then bake!
You can see the process in full with our Chicken Nachos recipe!
Pulled Pork Making Tools
- 6 Quart Cook N Carry Slow Cooker – This Crock Pot is the slow cooker I use most often. It’s super basic with the knob functionality and has worked well for me for a very long time! I always recommend this as a great starter slow cooker.
- Cuisinart 3 in 1 Slow Cooker – If you’re ready for something a little fancier, step into my office. This Cuisinart slow cooker also sautes and steams, which is so super convenient for those recipes that required you to brown the meat before you slow cook it. Now you don’t have to dirty extra dishes or turn your stove on!
- Meat Shredding Claws – These meat shredding claws are a fun tool if you’re tired of shredding a giant pork shoulder with a couple of small forks. They also look super cool, like Wolverine.
- Stainless Steel Tongs – I’m a huge fan of having a good sturdy set of stainless steel tongs for serving food. Or six. I actually have six. But let’s start with one. These tongs are affordable and work great.
Pulled Pork Serving Suggestions
- Bacon Pineapple Pulled Pork Tacos – Add some pineapple, barbecue sauce, and a crispy strip of thick cut bacon to your tortilla and mmmmmm, yes! Bacon Pineapple Pulled Pork Tacos for dinner!
- Pulled Pork Crescents – Wrapping your pulled pork up in a crescent with some pickled red onions is also super duper delicious! Don’t forget to sprinkle them with some garlic salt.
- Asian Slaw for Pork Tacos – Our Asian slaw made with rice vinegar is the perfect paring with slow cooker pork when you want to go far East with your flavors. It whips up quick and is always a hit in our house.
- Macaroni Salad – I’m not sure what’s more classic than pulled pork and macaroni salad. Bring this pair to your next potluck and you’ll be everyone’s new best friend.
- Malt Vinegar Coleslaw – This coleslaw is made with malt vinegar and goes beautifully with fish and chips, OR slow cooker pulled pork! It’s really just an all around tasty coleslaw!
How to Make Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
You will adore this Slow Cooker Pulled Pork. It's savory and sweet and just melts in your mouth. I literally stand by the crock pot and sneak nibbles out before dinner when we make this. It's just *so* good!
- 1 pork butt roast about 4 pounds
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 cup apple juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Place the pork in slow cooker and sprinkle the roast on all sides with
Worcestershire sauce. Then press brown sugar coating on all sides of the
pork. Pour the apple juice down the side of the crock-pot to the
bottom, being sure not to drizzle it on the crusted meat. Cover.
Cook on high 6-8 hours or low 10-12 hours.
Remove bone and shred meat with a fork.
Stir in the salt and enjoy!