Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork BBQ Recipe

Southern pulled pork recipe slow cooker

The easy slow cook shredded pork barbecue is one of the best-tasting comfort foods that will become one of your favorite recipes.

With just a handful of ingredients and a clay pot, you’ll have a tender, tasty, and satisfying meal at the end of the day.

The best shredded pork recipe

Shredded pork sandwich on a plate with coleslaw.

This is one

of the best shredded pork recipes, for two reasons, it’s delicious and super easy to make


It’s one of those easy weekday dinners or weekend meals that’s plentiful and filling. And, it’s my favorite way to cook barbecue.

Plus, it’s a great way to gather family and friends for dinnertime, backyard barbecues, or even church functions. It will feed a lot of people and you can eat the shredded pork in various ways.

DISCLAIMER: This publication is sponsored by the Wisconsin Pork Producers Association. As always, the opinions are honest and they are all mine.


for any meal

We love pork around here, almost any way we can get it, and for many reasons


I’ve shared before that my grandfather had some pigs on his farm in Tennessee and made his own sausage, among other things.

I’m sure my family will get plenty of nutrition from pork, along with a satisfying meal.

According to Pork.org, “today’s pork has about 16% less fat and

27% less saturated fat compared to 30 years ago.”

Pork has a lot of protein and many vitamins, including B6, B12, iron, and zinc. We are always looking for ways to get these nutrients into our diet.

The slow cooker recipe is great for barbecues, parties, family gatherings, and dinners on those busy nights. You can prepare it in the morning and come home with a cooked meal that you know will be nutritious, delicious and filling.

Pork is also incredibly versatile. Not only is this dinner recipe versatile, but pork, in general, can be cooked in many ways, including on the grill, in the oven, on the stove, or in the slow cooker. And, it always tastes fantastic.

Shredded pork, coleslaw and chips on a white plate.

Helping local farmers

When you buy pork at your local grocery store or meat market, you’re helping local farmers in Wisconsin and other U.S. states.

Porkcares.org says, “America’s pig farmers have embodied the We Care commitment for more than 30 years. We proactively seek better technologies and methods to improve the safety and quality of pork, while reducing environmental impact.”

I always like to buy pork because it also helps the younger generation, including children who participate in 4-H Club. They are learning how to farm, raise animals and apply for college scholarships.

Pork is inexpensive and nutritious, so I always feel good serving it to my family

. And,

pig farmers volunteer their time and donate to charitable causes, which I love


Ingredients for the Easy Crumbled Pork Recipe

Complete printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the publication on the recipe card


The recipe calls for some simple ingredients that most of us have in the pantry.

  • Boneless pork shoulder
  • Salt
  • Black pepper Paprika

  • Brown
  • sugar barbecue sauce

  • Chopped garlic
  • Diced onion (white or red onion)
  • Apple cider vinegar How to
  • make shredded pork on the barbecue Mix salt, pepper,

  • paprika, and
  • brown sugar
  • in

  1. a small bowl
  2. .

  3. Remove the strings from the
  4. pork shoulder.

  5. Spray the clay pot with nonstick spray and place the pork shoulder in the kitchen.
  6. Rub the dry ingredients on all sides of the pork shoulder.
  7. Sprinkle the diced onion and chopped garlic
  8. on top of the pork.

  9. Pour the apple cider vinegar and BBQ sauce on top of the
  10. pork. Place the lid on top of the slow cooker and simmer for 8 hours.

  11. Once the eight hours have passed, remove the lid, choose the fat, and crumble
  12. the pork.

  13. Replace the lid and cook for another hour
  14. .

  15. Remove the tender pork from the slow cooker and place it on your favorite bun.

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Step by step instructions

Brown sugar, paprika, salt and pepper in a small glass bowl.

Start by adding the brown sugar, paprika, salt and black pepper in a small bowl and mix, creating the dry massage.

You can add other seasonings to dry rubbing, such as chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, or even red pepper flakes if you like spicy things.

<img src="https://www.backtomysouthernroots.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/bbq-recipe-pulled-pork-768×1024.jpg" alt="Pork shoulder at the bottom

of the clay pot” />Then spray

the slow cooker with a nonstick spray. Place the pork shoulder at the bottom of the slow cooker. Be sure to remove the strings that are placed around the pork to help it maintain its shape.


have two growing children who eat a lot, so I bought a shoulder that weighed almost four pounds


I didn’t cut the fat, because I think it helps add flavor to the meat while cooking. You will be eliminating fat when the food is ready.

There are several cuts of pork you can choose from for cooking shredded pork, and the shoulder is the most popular because it is cooked very tenderly. The meat will just crumble, which is what you want.

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Pork shoulder with dry rubbing in the slow cooker

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Rub the dry ingredients all over the pork, making sure to get the sides and bottom.

Onions and garlic, diced on top of the pork shoulder.

Sprinkle the onions and

chopped garlic on top.

I bought a small bottle of chopped garlic to help make the preparation time faster. If you have some garlic at home, you can chop some garlic cloves for the recipe.

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Pour apple cider vinegar on pork shoulder.” />Pour the apple cider vinegar over the top of the pork.

Apple cider vinegar will help make pork come out more tender and add a touch of flavor to the food


The recipe only calls for a little apple cider vinegar.

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in slow cooker.” />

Finally, pour the barbecue sauce over the top and place the lid on top of the slow cooker


Simmer the shoulder for eight hours of cooking time. The longer you cook pork, the more tender it will be. Low and slow is the key.

You can choose your favorite BBQ sauce. We love sweet bbq sauce and use it, but you can change it to spicy, or whatever kind you like.

This recipe makes the house smell amazing!

Pork shoulder cooked in the clay pot.

Once you have reached eight hours, remove the lid from the pot and remove the thick layer of fat.

I took a couple of forks and took out the big piece of fat from the side. And, once I started crushing the meat, I eliminated more fat if I found it.

Shredded pork cooked in slow cooker.

After shredding the pork, stir well and replace the lid and let it cook for another hour. You don’t have to do this step, but I think it lowers the sauce on the meat and continues to add more flavor.

The recipe requires a long cooking time, but it’s worth the wait because it’s an incredibly tasty meat


Barbecued shredded pork in a small bowl.

Now, it’s ready to serve. Remove the meat, let the liquid drain and add to a bun.

You can pour a little more sauce on top if you prefer

. What is the best cut of meat for shredded pork? Pork shoulder is the

best cut of meat for shredded pork

because it has a lot of fat that helps the meat cook so tenderly. You can also use pork or Boston butt, which is part of the shoulder, to get a good tender meal.

The Best Way to Reheat Shredded Pork

Place your meat on a baking dish, add some liquid to help give it a little more moisture, cover it with aluminum foil, and bake for about 30 minutes at 225 degrees. Make sure your pork reaches 165 degrees.

For the liquid,

you can use apple cider vinegar, BBQ sauce, or some broth you have on hand


You can reheat it in the microwave, but be sure to add some liquid to help keep the meat moist. The internal temperature of pork should reach 165 degrees. It should only take a few minutes in the microwave.

Shredded pork sandwiches on a white plate with coleslaw.

How long does shredded pork last in the

fridge? Pork

will last about four days in the refrigerator, but be sure to store it in an airtight container to keep it fresh

. What can I do with leftover shredded pork?

If you have leftover shredded pork, you can use it in a variety of meals.

Shredded pork macaroni with cheese Pork enchiladas Shredded pork tacos Chili with shredded pork and beans And, of course, more shredded pork sandwiches

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Pork sandwiches on a plate with chips, BBQ sauce and coleslaw.
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