Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

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This easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is made with my homemade BBQ sauce – it smells incredible while it slow cooks all day and comes out tender and delicious.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Pulled pork is one of those dishes you can serve all year round. Perfect for potlucks or large gatherings to feed a crowd without spending a ton of time in the kitchen. I came up with this leaner version of pulled pork using boneless pork loin roast and homemade BBQ sauce, which gave me complete control of what was added. For a Mexican pulled pork, try these pork carnitas. See more slow cooker recipes for easy dinner ideas.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

How to Make Pulled Pork in the Slow Cooker

You don’t need much liquid to cook pork in a slow cooker since it releases juices while cooking. I use just enough to flavor the pork along with the reserved juices of the pork and serve the extra BBQ sauce on the side.

If your slower cooker runs too hot, you may need to add a half cup of water or broth or possibly replace the appliance. I’d also recommend checking your pork at the five-hour mark – if it easily shreds, then it’s done cooking.

I used the smallest roast I could find since I was making this for my family. Depending on the size of your pork loin, you will have to alter how much BBQ sauce to add. Keep in mind the pork shrinks after it is cooked, so you will want to weigh it cooked. I added two tablespoons of BBQ sauce for every three ounces of cooked pork, along with some of the reserved juices from the pork. (If your kids don’t like BBQ sauce, set some of the pork on the side for them before adding it back to the crock pot.)

I used the 6 Quart Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker (affil link) to make this BBQ pulled pork. I love it because you can adjust the time you want crock pot to cook, and it automatically turns to warm when it’s done. It also has a probe for meat that automatically shuts off when done. This slow cooker is so great that I actually own several!

What to Serve with Pulled Pork

I made pulled pork sandwiches with a really good, quick slaw made of shredded cabbage, carrots, a little vinegar, salt, and a touch of olive oil. It would also be great on baked potatoes or tacos. You can serve the pork by itself with a side of macaroni and cheese, corn, tomato, and avocado salad, or rice pilaf.

Variations:

  • Sub apple cider vinegar for red wine vinegar.
  • If you don’t have liquid smoke, leave it out or season the pork with smoked paprika for a smoky flavor.
  • You can use pork shoulder if you prefer.
  • If you don’t have time to make the pulled pork sauce, you can buy a BBQ sauce from the store – just make sure it doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup.
  • To make this pork in the Instant Pot, follow the same directions but use the “Meat/Stew” function, add 1 cup of broth and cook until the pork shreds easily with a fork, about 40 minutes.

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

203 Cals 30.5 Protein 12.5 Carbs 3 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 7 hrs
Total Time: 7 hrs 5 mins
Yield: 8 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch
CUISINE: American
This easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is made with my homemade BBQ sauce – it smells incredible while it slow cooks all day and comes out tender and delicious.

Ingredients

  • 2.5 lb boneless pork loin roast, center cut, trimmed of all fat
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp Hickory liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup Homemade Kansas City BBQ Sauce

Instructions

  • Place pork in the slow cooker and season with salt, vinegar, garlic powder and liquid smoke.
  • Cover and cook low 8 to 12 hours, until tender.
  • Remove pork and transfer onto a large dish; reserve all the liquid into a cup and set aside.
  • Shred the pork with two forks and put it back into the slow cooker along with about 3/4 cup of the reserved liquid and the BBQ sauce (for every 3 oz cooked pork, I used 2 tbsp BBQ sauce).
  • Cook on high 1 more hour.

Video

Notes

*Nutritional info is for pork only, bread is extra.

Nutrition

Serving: 3oz pork + 2 tbsp sauce, Calories: 203kcal, Carbohydrates: 12.5g, Protein: 30.5g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 92mg, Sodium: 593.5mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 10.5g
WW Points Plus: 5
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327 comments

  1. Great and so easy! I did 7 hours on low and then drained and shredded, added back the meat and 3/4 cup of drippings and BBQ sauce and cooked for the last hour. Will make again!

  2. Another fantastic dish that pleases the very different palates in this house! I do it in the Instant Pot and it comes out beautifully. So flavorful, and the KC BBQ Sauce (also from this site) really adds another dimension, and this KC woman approves! Making this tonight with Brown Sugar Baked Beans (another fave) and Baby Red Potato Salad with Apple (also Skinnytaste, but this one’s a first), This will be the fourth time we have this. Oh, and the meat comes out so tender you don’t even have to shred it with forks – I just use a pair of tongs and squish it up right in the pot. Works like a charm (I really hate shredding meat with forks!)

  3. Can i reduce the time and cook on high?

    • my Instapot has a slow cooker function… has anyone used this function and if so how much time did you let it cook?

      • I used the slow cooker function on the Instapot. I set it to “regular” which is the same as low, and cooked it the same time Gina lists on the recipe – 9.5 hours. Turned out great!

  4. Can you freeze the pulled pork?

  5. Staple at our house! Easy and delicious 

  6. Love this recipe. My 12 year old asks me to make it all the time

  7. This pulled pork is absolutely amazing! I made it with sugar free BBQ sauce to reduce the calories since I’m on WW. My husband kept coming out to the kitchen talking about how good the house smelled! I only had a 1.25 lb tenderloin so I cut the whole recipe in 1/2. I wish I had more for leftovers. A+++!!

  8. Pulled pork itself was yummy but I did not like the BBQ sauce at all! Pick a different sauce!! 

  9. This is our “go-to” pulled pork recipe. It’s delicious and easy to make on busy weekdays. I like that it’s not overly saucy, but just the perfect amount. I heat some extra sauce for my family to add on top. My husband and kids eat it with a bun,  but I just eat it with a side of coleslaw. 

  10. I have been wanting to try this recipe for ages and I’m so glad I finally did! It was SO easy and really delicious. I had a bigger piece of meat, almost 4lbs. I started it when I left for work it was ready to shred at 10 hours. My whole house smelled amazing when I came home and my family absolutely loved it. Thank you for another winner!! 

  11. Can I cook this on HIGH for half of the time?

  12. This is my go to pulled pork recipe. My family, 3 kids included, love it. I always make extra and keep some in the freezer for a ready made meal. Thank you!

  13. Very yummy!! I would definitely make this again. 

  14. How long do you cook the 2.5lb pork on low? The recipe says 8 to 12 hours, plus another hour, but the video says 6.

  15. Fixed this for supper. It is a keeper for sure. I’ve tried several healthier pulled pork recipes and this is the one I will use from now on

  16. I cooked this in the instapot! I did 50 minutes on the meat/stew setting because my roast was about 3.25 lbs. I also used the barbecue sauce recipe and used all of it in the shredded pork probably because my roast was a bit bigger than the recipe called for. I used maple syrup instead of molasses in the barbecue sauce and it was excellent! I also made the skinny taste baked beans to go along with it but instead of using the instapot since it was already in use, I just smeared the beans on the stove top on low while the roast was cooking. I added some of the barbecue sauce to the beans to flavor them and had to add a little bit of water towards the end of simmering just to add a bit more liquid!. All three recipes are excellent!!!!

  17. I may try this with jackfruit for a vegan option…

  18. So, where do I find the barbecue sauce recipe please??

    • The link is in the narrative as well, https://www.skinnytaste.com/homemade-kansas-style-bbq-sauce/

      • My husband and I loved this. I used Sweet Baby Ray’s ( too tired to make BBQ sauce) which was very good. Served with homemade coleslaw. I can’t wait for leftovers! Thanks for posting.