How to make the very best sluggish cooker pulled pork that’s best for sandwiches, salads, and tacos. For a quicker variation, we have actually likewise shared how to make this pulled pork utilizing a pressure cooker (like an Immediate Pot).

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How to Make the very best Pulled Pork Utilizing a Slow Cooker

Pulled pork is best for the sluggish cooker. It’s simple to do and is the supreme make-ahead meal. Our recipe makes pork that hurts, complete of taste, and juicy. It’s scrumptious served alone or include a little bit of your preferred barbecue sauce. The sluggish cooker shines in thisrecipe We begin with a pork shoulder– likewise called pork butt or Boston butt.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

It’s a fairly difficult cut and succeeds when prepared over a prolonged duration. It’s likewise well marbled with fat, which avoids the pork from drying while cooking. As the pork cooks, the fat melts and sort of self-bastes throughout cooking.

Making pulled pork in a sluggish cooker or crockpot is simple, however we still have a couple of ideas for you, so you make it finest. [If you love cooking with your slow cooker, try our Ultimate Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken, it’s delicious.]

INSTANTANEOUS POT © UPDATE: Given that sharing this recipe, we have actually evaluated it utilizing a pressure cooker (we have the Immediate Pot). Examine the recipe keeps in mind area listed below for our approach. By utilizing a pressure cooker, you can make this pulled pork in under 2 hours.

Action 1: Season the Meat

Seasoning the pork is important, specifically when utilizing a sluggish cooker. As soon as you struck start, you do not wish to raise the cover, so taking a while to think of tastes and seasoning in advance is a great concept.

We’re quite heavy handed with salt and pepper in the start and like to rub the pork with it, getting the salt into all the nooks of the meat. We likewise season 15 to 20 minutes prior to including it to the sluggish cooker.

Rubbing pork with seasoning

Action 2: Prepare the Pork on Low and Prepare it Slow

After seasoning the meat, we created a mix of prepared onions, garlic, tomato paste, and spices. That’s put over the pork, and we’re prepared to prepare.

Added onions, garlic, tomato paste, and spices on top of pork.

When I stated the sluggish cooker shines in this recipe, I suggested it. It’s quite challenging to overcook pork shoulder. It’s since of this that we gladly prepare the pork on low for numerous hours.

In our recipe listed below we require a minimum of 8, however you truly can exceed that. The pork must be so tender that a spoon can cut through it. Doing all of this in a sluggish cooker makes it simple. Do it over night or while you are far from your home.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Action 3: Skim the Cooking Liquid then Wait

When the pork is completed, you have juicy and tender pulled pork along with an abundant and delicious broth It’s pure gold. Eliminate the cooking liquid from the sluggish cooker and skim as much fat as possible– keep in mind, pork shoulder is well marbled with fat, so that’s all going to merge the liquid. Dispose of the excess fat (which will drift to the top) and after that stir the liquid back into the pork to keep it additional wet and delicious.

Another option is to cool the pork in its cooking liquid. When it’s cold, the fat will have strengthened, making it simple to remove with a spoon.

Action 4: Shred the Pork and Integrate with Skimmed Cooking Liquid

After skimming the cooking liquid, location it back into the sluggish cooker. Then merely shred the pork– I simply utilize 2 forks to do it. Given that it’s so tender, the pork actually will break down on you.

Location the shredded pork back into the sluggish cooker with the skimmed cooking liquid then serve!

What to Serve With Pulled Pork

We enjoy pulled pork considering that it’s best for a lot of celebrations. Here are a few of our preferred sides to go along with the tender, delicious pork:

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Pulled pork is best for the sluggish cooker. Cooking the pork low and extremely sluggish is the trick to the juiciest and most tender pulled pork. Serve the pork as is or do not hesitate to stir in your preferred barbecue or other sauces at the end of cooking.

Makes roughly 3 1/2 pounds, 10 portions

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You Will Require

1 (4 1/2 to 5 pound) boneless or bone-in pork shoulder (likewise called pork butt), twine or netting gotten rid of

2 teaspoons salt, plus more as required

1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

2 tablespoons neutral seasoned oil

1 medium onion, peeled and sliced little

4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 tablespoon ancho or moderate chili powder, see our homemade chili powder recipe

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 cup water

3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon fish sauce or 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

For Serving (Optional)

Bread rolls

Coleslaw, see our mayo based coleslaw recipe or our mayo-free coleslaw


Barbecue sauce, see our bacon bourbon barbecue sauce recipe

Hot Sauce


  • Prepare Pork
  • 1 Rub the pork with salt and pepper, and after that reserved while you prepare the stayingingredients (See notes listed below if you prepare to scorch the pork initially).

    2 Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Include the onions and garlic then prepare, periodically stirring, up until they are sweet and browned around the edges. Stir in the tomato paste, chili powder, and cumin. Cook, stirring up until the tomato paste turns from brilliant red to orange in color; about 3 minutes. Include the water, apple cider vinegar, and fish sauce and cook for about 1 minute, scraping up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan.

  • Prepare Pork
  • 1 Rest the skilled pork in the bottom of a sluggish cooker then put the onion and spice mix on top. Wiggle the pork around the bottom of the sluggish cooker so that a few of the onion and spice mix slides below. Cover with cover and cook up until the pork can be quickly shredded; LOW for 6 to 8 hours or HIGH for 4 to 6.

  • To Complete
  • 1 Switch off the sluggish cooker and move the pork to a cutting board. If the pork has a bone in it, get rid of and discard it. Usage 2 forks to shred the meat, disposing of any connective tissue, and big clumps of fat.

    2 Eliminate the cooking liquid and skim the majority of the fat from its surface area. Dispose of the fat then set the cooking liquid aside.

    3 If utilizing barbecue sauce, include it to the sluggish cooker and stir in the shredded pork. For much more taste, include back a few of the reserved cooking liquid. If you’re not utilizing barbecue sauce, include the shredded pork and the cooking liquid back to the sluggish cooker. Taste and season with salt, extra vinegar, or hot sauce as required.

Adam and Joanne’s Tips

  • Can I make this Pulled Pork in an Immediate Pot © or pressure cooker? Yes! Prepare the onions, garlic, spices, tomato paste, water, vinegar, and fish sauce as shared in the recipe above. This can be done utilizing the Sauté function if you have an Immediate Pot. Include the skilled pork and onion mix to the pressure cooker/Instant Pot, seal the cover and cook on high pressure for 1 hour. Quick release based upon the maker’s directions, shred the pork, and after that skim and dispose of the excess fat from the cooking liquid. To serve, integrate the skimmed cooking liquid and shredded pork.
  • Fish Sauce: Discover fish sauce in the worldwide aisle of a lot of supermarket, in worldwide markets, or online. It has a salty-sour taste and is something we utilize to raise tastes in tasty meals or meals with prolonged cooking times. On Motivated Taste, you see us utilize it in our Homemade Phorecipe If you do not have any, Worcestershire sauce is a great replacement.
  • Burning the pork: Some readers have actually asked why we do not brown the pork initially. We have actually attempted it, and while it includes a bit more taste, in this case, the distinction isn’t frustrating. We avoid the action. If you choose, you can scorch the beyond the pork in the very same frying pan you prepare to make the onion-garlic mix. Burning will leave some browned stuck bits to the bottom of the frying pan that you can scrape up when you include the water in the future.
  • Nutrition realities: The nutrition realities offered below are price quotes. We have actually utilized the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to determine approximate worths.

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Nutrition Per Serving
Serving Size
1/10 of the recipe (presumes 10 portions)
28 g
2 g
Dietary Fiber
0 g
Overall Sugars
1 g
Overall Fat
31 g
Hydrogenated Fat
11 g
109 mg


Adam and Joanne Gallagher