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crock pot pulled pork

(6 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Christine Schnepp
Sarasota, FL

This is one of my hubby's favorite dishes. I make a basic slaw on the side and he tops his sandwich with it. Served on a hard roll, you can't go wrong with this recipe. I also use the leftovers for carnitas (pork tacos). It comes out juicy and tender every time! Enjoy :) (You can skip the brine and move on to the other steps of the recipe if you like. It comes out just as tasty!)

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This may be one of the best slow cooker pulled pork recipes we've had. It's a little bit of a process if you do the brine, but worth the extra step. Cooking the pork shoulder slowly makes it extremely tender. The meat is sweet, a bit smoky, and has a little kick to it. You can serve this in its own juices - no BBQ sauce needed. We tried it on a bun with slaw - so good. The leftover meat would be great mixed into macaroni and cheese or used for nachos or tacos.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(6 ratings)
yield 10 serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 8 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For crock pot pulled pork

  • PORK
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp
    garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp
    onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp
    chipolte powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 Tbsp
  • 1/2 c
    light brown sugar
  • 7 lb
    pork shoulder/butt roast
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/2 c
    light brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp
    dry rub
  • 2 qt
    water, to cover
  • 2
    bay leaves
  • 6 oz
    Coca cola
  • 1 md
    yellow onion, quartered
  • 1 Tbsp
    liquid smoke flavoring

How To Make crock pot pulled pork

  • Pork roast in the brine.
    To make the pork, combine the cumin, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chipotle powder, cayenne, pepper, and brown sugar in a small bowl. Place the pork in a large, deep bowl with the brine ingredients, cover tightly, and set in the refrigerator to brine overnight.
  • Rubbing the brined pork with dry rub.
    Remove the pork from the brine. Pat dry with paper towels. Rub generously with the remaining dry rub.
  • Onion, liquid smoke, and Coca Cola in the slow cooker.
    Place the onion quarters, Coca Cola, and liquid smoke in the bottom of a slow cooker.
  • Pork placed in the slow cooker.
    Place the pork on top with the fat side up.
  • Pork shredded after cooked in the slow cooker.
    Cover and simmer on high for 7-8 hours or until the pork falls apart with a fork and the bone slides out. Shred the cooked meat.