Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork: A Flavorful Delight for the Whole Family

If you’re a fan of our popular recipe, “The Best Slow Cooker Pulled Pork,” then get ready to be blown away by this mouthwatering BBQ pulled pork version. With a simple yet sensational seasoning, this recipe requires only minutes to prepare and cooks effortlessly all day, resulting in fall-apart tender, juicy pork smothered in a tangy sweet sauce.

bbq pulled pork on bun topped with coleslaw on gray plate

For all you BBQ enthusiasts out there, we’ve got a recipe that will surely satisfy your cravings. Whether it’s a blissful family dinner or a potluck gathering, this Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork is a quick and easy option that never disappoints.

To assemble this scrumptious meal in your slow cooker, you’ll need just 5 ingredients and less than 10 minutes of prep time. It’s a hassle-free alternative to spending the entire day tending to a grill, yet the end result is equally amazing.

Cook the pork on low for at least 8 hours until it becomes irresistibly tender and falls apart effortlessly. Once ready, you can serve it up in sandwiches, wraps, salads, or any other creative way that your family and friends will love.

Ingredients Needed

  • Pork shoulder, also known as pork butt (bone-in or boneless)
  • Herb and garlic seasoning (check the ingredients and add 1/2 teaspoon of salt if necessary)
  • Chicken broth or stock
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce (we recommend Sweet Baby Ray’s for its incredible flavor and thickness)
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3 step collage of pork, sauce, and adding to slow cooker

How to Make Pulled Pork in the Slow Cooker

  1. Remove any packaging and netting from the pork. If desired, trim off excess fat.
  2. Generously season the pork with the herb and garlic seasoning.
  3. Place the seasoned pork in the slow cooker.
  4. Whisk together the sauce ingredients.
  5. Pour the sauce over the pork, cover, and cook.

cooked pork shoulder with juices in round slow cooker

Cooking Notes

  • The slow cooker will produce enough liquid during cooking, so there’s no need to add any extra except for the sauce.
  • If you’re cooking a large piece of pork and want it to cook more quickly, you can cut it into 2-4 smaller chunks.
  • If using bone-in pork shoulder, make sure to remove all bone pieces before shredding.

shredded pork with tongs in round slow cooker

What Temperature to Cook Pulled Pork?

  • Pulled pork is best cooked on a low and slow temperature, whether in the oven, on the grill, or in the slow cooker.
  • The ideal temperature range is between 190 and 250 degrees F, depending on your preferred cooking method.
  • To ensure the pork shreds easily, it should reach an internal temperature of 205 degrees F. Use an Instant Read Thermometer to check.

slow cooker with shredded pork and drizzle of bbq sauce

How to Shred a Pork Shoulder

  • When the pork is done, use tongs to transfer it to a separate bowl.
  • Use forks or meat claws to shred the pork, starting in the middle and pulling apart until fully shredded.
  • Add a little of the leftover cooking juice using a ladle, but avoid adding too much as it may make the pork soggy.
  • If the pork doesn’t shred easily, return it to the slow cooker until it reaches an internal temperature of 205 degrees F.
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side view of bun filled with pulled pork and coleslaw

What Can You Make with Pulled Pork?

The possibilities are endless! Here are just a few ideas:

  • Regular sandwiches (try topping them with coleslaw for an extra crunch)
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Tacos
  • Nachos

Let your culinary creativity run wild!

overhead view of BBQ pork sandwich with coleslaw on a gray plate

Do You Let Pork Rest Before Pulling?

Absolutely! It’s best to let the pork rest for 15-20 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute before cutting or pulling the meat. Simply cover it loosely with butcher paper or foil.