Succulent slow cooker pulled pork seasoned to perfection and simmered all day in the slow cooker. Perfect all by itself or for use in many different recipes.
There are few things that are as delicious as perfectly tender, fall off the bone, melt in your mouth slow cooker pulled pork. If the smell of it cooking in your slow cooker isn’t enough to make your mouth water, the moment you pull it out and it see it fall apart certainly will. Ryan is such a fan of this that I have to guard the slow cooker with my life to make sure he doesn’t get into it too early. He reminds me of the dad in A Christmas Story trying to eat the turkey before it’s done. But I can’t blame him, the smell is hard to resist.
I adore my slow cooker. I mean you can put something in it, cover, turn it on and leave. You can take a nap, you can go shopping, you can go to a movie and when you come home your dinner is ready. How great is that? It does require a little planning, however, but not much. For this recipe you need to make the spice blend and marinate the meat over night and then cook it in a slow cooker for 8 hours. I prepared it before I went to bed, popped it in the slow cooker before I started my day of errands and came home to perfectly cooked pork. Loved it.
When purchasing the meat that you will want to make sure that you buy pork shoulder, sometimes called boston butt. You will find them either bone-in or boneless. When it comes to roasting meat, I typically go for bone in because it tends to be more tender. That being said, cooking in the slow cooker, I find that it doesn’t really matter if you buy boneless or bone-in pork shoulder.
Most pork shoulders will be rather large. My grocery store carries pork shoulders that range between 4 – 6 pounds. For this recipe for slow cooker pulled pork, I used a 5 pound bone-in pork shoulder. If you are using boneless anywhere between 4 and 5 pounds will do just fine. If your grocery store carries larger shoulders you can always ask the butcher to cut one for you.
I know this is a recipe for slow cooker pulled pork, but I have recently discovered that you can also make pulled pork in the instant pot. To make this recipe in the Instant Pot you just need to make a few small changes. First, use the saute feature to sear the pork on all sides. Then instead of using 5 cups of liquid like you would in the slow cooker, only use 1 cup of beef broth (or water). And then set it for 120 minutes and do a natural release for 20. It is just as succulent as slow cooker pulled pork.
Anything. Seriously. I make pulled pork on Sunday and use it to make several different meals throughout the week. I love to use it in Tacos, Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese and Pulled Pork Egg Rolls. Or you can put it on a bun and slather it with Carolina BBQ Sauce.
What is your favorite thing to do with pulled pork?
Note: This post was originally written in 2009. Photos updated and Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) instructions added in 2018)
Combine salt, chili powder, cumin, granulated garlic, pepper and oregano in a bowl.
Rub spice mixture all over the pork. Cover and refrigerate over night.
Slice the onion and lay it on the bottom of a 5 quart slow cooker. Place the pork on top of the onions. Pour beef broth and water over the top. Cover and cook for 8 hours.
Remove from slow cooker. Allow to cool slightly. Discard bone and pan juices. Using a fork and spoon shred meat.
Use in a variety of recipes.
To make pulled pork in the instant pot: Turn on the saute feature. Sear roast on all sides. Scatter onions around the pork. Pour in 1 cup beef broth. Cook on high pressure for 120 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 20 minutes. Remove from pot, shred and serve.
Note: Nutrition facts are not guaranteed.
Calories: 418 , Total Fat: 37.55g , Saturated Fat: 27.77g , Cholesterol: 132mg , Sodium: 2872mg , Carbohydrates: 4.57g , Fiber: 0.4g , Sugar: 2.49g , Protein: 37.55g