Perfect Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

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Easy Pulled Pork made in a Slow Cooker!
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes

Slow cooker pulled pork is super easy because all you have to do is set it and forget it. No smoker needed! The slow cooker controls the cooking time so pork is perfect every time! For more recipes like this see my Main Dish page.

Perfect Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

This dish is great for a busy weeknight because all you have to do is set it and forget it.

Looking for an easy, delicious and hearty meal? Slow cooker pulled pork is perfect for you! With the help of your slow cooker, all you have to do is season the pork roast and let it cook until tender.

Once it’s done, you can enjoy it on a bun with some coleslaw or on its own with a side of rice. What could be better than that?

Perfect Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

This super easy recipe has been a family favorite of ours for many years. It is the easiest way to make pork sandwiches and the crock pot does all the work!

Just add slaw and some baked beans and you’ve got a BBQ without having to fire up the grill! Here’s how to make it!

season and sear pork roast

Salt and pepper the roast, then sear or brown it in a skillet on medium heat. A rub works nicely with this recipe too!

making pork roast in a slow cooker

Arrange onion slices to cover the bottom of slow cooker. Place roast, fat side down on top of onions. Top with garlic and pour in a ½ cup water. Cover and cook for 8 hours on high or 6 hours on low.

When the time is up remove the liquid, onions from the slow cooker. Place the roast in a large mixing bowl. Time to shred!

How to Shred Pulled Pork

You can easily pull pork by pulling it with your hands. The easy way is to use a couple of forks, place them in each hand and shred the meat back and forth. If you have a large roast you can use a hand mixer! Just turn it on and place it on the roast and let it shred!

Here’s our version of this popular recipe.

MAKE AHEAD: Place them in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. 
FREEZER: Place in an airtight container or freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. 

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Easy Pulled Pork made in a Slow Cooker!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 10 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 185 kcal


  • 1 lb boneless pork roast
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tsp sugar {optional}
  • ¾ bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce {ours is Rufus Teague Honey Sweet }


  • Salt and pepper the roast then sear and brown in a pan on medium heat.
  • Arrange onion slices to cover bottom of Slow Cooker.
  • Place roast, fat side down on top of onions.
  • Top with garlic and ½ cup water.
  • Cover and cook for 8 hours on high or 6 hours on low.
  • Remove roast and place in bowl.
  • Remove onions and liquid from slow cooker.
  • Shred the roast by tearing apart the meat using 2 forks.
  • Put the shredded pork back into the slow cooker and pour ¾ bottle of BBQ sauce over the meat.
  • Sprinkle with sugar.
  • Stir and cook for 1 hour on low or warm.
  • Add more sauce if the meat becomes too dry.
  • Serve alone or on toasted buns topped with slaw!


A rub works nicely too for this roast.


Serving: 1.5cupCalories: 185kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 26gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 140mgPotassium: 464mgSugar: 2gCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by a nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. Values may vary depending on the brand of foods used.

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Pulled pork is a delicious, versatile dish that can be cooked slow just like regular BBQ. It’s perfect for a crowd or for a weeknight meal. Give it a try!

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  1. That looks delicious! I’m very sensitive to garlic, I don’t see my reflection when I look in the mirror. Anyways, you get the gist. That’s the only thing I would change.

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  3. Looks good! I’ve always used my intuition for pulled pork. It’s comforting to pin a solid recipe for company! Found you via On Display Thursday @ Eat It and Say Yum.

  4. This slow cooker sandwich looks so delicious. I know my family would love it. Your slaw looks yummy too! Thanks for linking to the This Is How We Roll link party! See you on Thursday!

  5. it took going to college in nashville to learn about barbeque, but it wasn’t until i saw fried green tomatoes that i understood what was in it. (the real version, not the movie version!) i always thought you had to dig a pit to make it and never thought i’d be inclined to do that but then i “accidentally” made it in the crockpot and lo and behold, it was like “real” barbeque! i love your take on it with the napa slaw and i will have to add that next. the beans i think i will have to skip. they just don’t say barbeque to this northern girl

  6. I was actually planning on posting my pulled pork recipe soon but I didn’t have a slaw or dressing recipe that appealed to me. Now I’ve got a couple! I’ll try these out and hopefully share in my post :)

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