Crockpot Pulled Pork comes together easily but tastes like you put hours into it! Start with a quick dry rub, pop it in the slow cooker, and stir in the sauce.

Pulled pork can be served as a sandwich or you can make it a platter with coleslaw and corn on the cob. Either way, Crockpot Pulled Pork is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

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Crockpot Pulled Pork


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With this simple rendition of classic BBQ, the slow cooker breaks down and tenderizes the pork as it cooks, resulting in a tender, juicy barbecue masterpiece. The less tender cuts of pork like the shoulder/butt work well- plus have the bonus of being easy on the pocketbook! Once the meat is falling apart, shred it up into small pieces. Break out a bottle of your favorite sauce to finish off the perfectly seasoned meat.

Crockpot Pulled Pork can be made in advance. It freezes well. Just mix in the sauce and seal it in a freezer bag. You can reheat it in the microwave, stove top, or even back in the slow cooker.

Some people consider barbecuing a hobby. To others, it’s closer to a religion. Regardless, it is one of the most popular ways to cook meat. There are endless variations on the theme, and everyone has their favorite. From the cut and type of meat to the cooking method to the sauce that tops it all off, every barbecue pro has their own opinions and secrets. Lucky for you, I’m happy to share my secret for this fantastic BBQ Crockpot Pulled Pork.

Crockpot Pulled Pork on an oval platter

How do you make pulled pork in the crockpot?

Making pulled pork in the crockpot is a breeze, and you’ll be free to enjoy your time as opposed to sweating and slaving over a hot barbecue grill or smoker! Just mix up a few spices and apply them as a dry rub over the meat. In the slow cooker, add in chicken stock and a bit of garlic and onion. Put in the meat, set the temperature, and put your feet up!

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The skinny on the sauce:

There’s nothing more intimidating that choosing a single sauce out of the rows and rows of BBQ sauce at the grocery store. There are sweet sauces, spicy sauces, mustard or vinegar sauces. There are thick sauces, thin sauces, and sauces to baste with and others that you marinate in. How will you ever choose?

Fortunately, we live in the information era. Start with deciding on your main qualifications – sweet, tangy, thick, thin, etc. Then do some simple online research to narrow down the brands. Armed with a list that fit your criteria, you can head to the grocery store with confidence to make your saucy selection to pair with this perfect Crockpot Pulled Pork.

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Crockpot Pulled Pork

Crockpot Pulled Pork comes together easily but tastes like you put hours into it! Start with a quick dry rub, pop it in the slow cooker, and stir in the sauce.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6 People
Author Kathleen



  • 1 ½ Tablespoon Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
  • 2 Teaspoons Cumin


  • 1 5 Pound Boneless Pork Shoulder
  • 1 Cup Chicken Stock
  • 2 Cup Barbecue Sauce Prepared


  • In a mixing bowl, combine the rub ingredients until well mixed. 
  • Dry pork roast with paper towels. Rub the spice mixture over pork roast and place in the crockpot. Pour in chicken stock. Cover and cook 6-8 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low.
  • Remove the pork to a cutting board. Drain liquid from crockpot and discard. 
  • Shred the pork removing any large pieces of fat. Return the meat to the crockpot and add bbq sauce. Serve
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 3407mg | Potassium: 340mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 1015IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1.7mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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Kathleen is a recipe developer, passionate home cook and the author of the blog Gonna Want Seconds. She has been married to her best friend for 32 years and has two great kids, two Bernese Mountain Dogs, a Quarter Horse and a little green parrot. She is obsessed with cookbooks, cowboy boots, red wine and vintage costume jewelry. Kathleen’s recipes are all tried and true, tested and tweaked and, most importantly, family and friend approved!
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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing, the rub is so good that my husband wanted the pork without any BBQ sauce , just more of the broth from the slow cooker, thank you for such a fantastic recipe!