The Ultimate Guide to Making Mouthwatering Crock Pot Pulled Pork

pulled pork sandwich topped with coleslaw

Crockpot Pulled Pork is the epitome of tender, flavorful, and effortless cooking. This foolproof recipe will blow your mind with its melt-in-your-mouth texture and irresistible taste. Whether you enjoy it on a classic sandwich or explore other serving suggestions, this dish is guaranteed to become your obsession.

Why We Love It

  • Family Friendly: From great grandparents to picky eaters, everyone loves this classic pulled pork recipe. It’s the perfect way to satisfy everyone’s protein cravings.
  • Low Stress: Dinner doesn’t have to be a hassle, especially when you can rely on your Crockpot to do all the work for you. Just set it and forget it!
  • Inexpensive: This budget-friendly recipe lets you spend a little while serving a lot. It’s a win-win situation!
  • Tender and Flavorful: The pork turns out incredibly tender and shreds easily, giving you a juicy and flavorful result. The secret lies in the garlic herb rub that adds that extra burst of flavor.

The Ingredients You’ll Need

ingredients needed for crockpot pulled pork

  • Pork Loin: Opt for a boneless pork loin or pork shoulder. While the shoulder has more fat, the leaner pork loin stays juicy during the slow cooker process.
  • Apple Juice: Use apple juice or soda (like Dr. Pepper) as a flavorful liquid base.
  • BBQ Sauce: Enhance the taste by adding your favorite BBQ sauce. You can even go the extra mile and make Homemade Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce!
  • Seasonings: Create a medley of Italian seasoning, ground mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper to infuse your pulled pork with delicious flavors.
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How to Make Crockpot Pulled Pork

Ready to dive into the easiest recipe ever? Here’s how you can achieve pulled pork perfection with your Crockpot:

  1. Place the pork loin in the Crockpot and cover it with apple juice and seasonings.
  2. Cook on low for 8-10 hours, until the pork becomes tender. Use two forks to shred the meat.
  3. Toss the shredded pork with your favorite BBQ sauce and keep it warm in the Crockpot.

add ingredients to the Crockpot
cover, cook, then shred

Variations and Substitutions

Here are a few ways to add some exciting twists to your Crockpot pulled pork:

  • Mix up the liquid: Experiment with different flavors by using soda variants like Cranberry Ginger Ale, Sprite, Coca-Cola, or Dr. Pepper.
  • Add buffalo: Give your pulled pork a unique twist by tossing it in buffalo sauce. It’s a fantastic option for game day sandwiches!
  • Add honey garlic: Stir in some honey garlic sauce and serve it with rice or noodles for a new dimension of flavor.

How to Store Crock Pot Pulled Pork

Once your pulled pork has cooled to room temperature, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat, add a splash of moisture (water, broth, juice, or sauce) and microwave it in 30-second intervals, stirring each time, until heated all the way through.

Can I Freeze Crockpot Pulled Pork?

Absolutely! Your delicious pulled pork can be frozen for up to 3-4 months. Just make sure to use a heavy-duty freezer bag or container and label it with the date. It’s one of our favorite freezer-friendly meals!

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The Best Cut of Meat for Crockpot Pulled Pork

When it comes to the meat for your pulled pork, you have a couple of options:

Pork Loin

white crockpot filled with pulled pork and steel tongs

  • Pork loin is an easy-to-cook, lean cut of meat. It’s perfect if you prefer less fat in your pulled pork.
  • It’s a cost-effective choice that doesn’t require much trimming.
  • The pork loin stays moist throughout the long cooking process, thanks to the slow cooker.

Pork Shoulder

  • Pork shoulder is another great option for making Crockpot pulled pork.
  • It has a higher fat content, resulting in a juicier final product.
  • Pork shoulder is versatile and can be used for slow cooker, oven, or smoked preparations. Its fat content prevents it from drying out.

Serving Suggestions

While pulled pork sandwiches are fantastic on their own, here are a few side options that pair perfectly with this mouthwatering dish:

  • Easy Potato Salad Recipe: A must-have summer side dish.
  • Creamy Ranch Bowtie Pasta Salad Recipe: Easy to prepare ahead of time.
  • No Mayo Garlic Herb Potato Salad: Simple and delicious.

Don’t forget to wash it all down with a refreshing glass of Easy Homemade Pink Lemonade or Strawberry Lemonade!

So, fire up your Crockpot and get ready to indulge in the best pulled pork you’ve ever tasted. For more incredible recipes and cooking tips, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.