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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Slow cooker pulled pork is incredibly juicy, tender and flavorful with the perfect blend of spices. It’s an easy “set it and forget it” slow cooker recipe that’ll you’ll love.

Pulled pork is great for serving a crowd or for weekly meal prep – especially as there’s so much you can do with it! And let’s be honest, pulled pork tacos are the best.

Slow cooker pulled pork is juicy, flavorful and delicious. The best slow cooker recipe!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

My slow cooker is one of the most used appliances in my kitchen, right after my Vitamix. And it’s perfect for making the best slow cooker pulled pork you’ve ever tasted.

With how busy we all are it’s great to have a recipe that only takes 5 minutes to prep and cooks all on its own. There’s definitely no slaving away in the kitchen with this recipe. In fact, it’s quite possibly the easiest pulled pork recipe that exists.

The Best Cut of Pork for Pulled Pork

When it comes to making pulled pork, look for a boneless pork shoulder. Sometimes it’s also called a pork butt or Boston butt. You can find bone-in pork shoulders, though I prefer a boneless pork shoulder for more meat in my slow cooker.

Choose a pork shoulder that’s well marbled (for extra flavor), but not too much fat on the edges. You can trim any excess fat off as well.

Slow cooker pulled pork is juicy, flavorful and delicious. The best slow cooker recipe!

Slow cooker pulled pork is juicy, flavorful and delicious. The best slow cooker recipe!

The Most Delicious Pulled Pork Rub

The spice rub I use on this pulled pork is a combination of paprika, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper. It’s flavorful spicy, but not hot spicy. And it tastes just as delicious as my brisket dry rub (though that one is more sweet and smoky).

How to Make Slow Cooker Pulled Pork – 4 Easy Steps

For the most perfectly spiced, cooked, tender, juicy, oozing with flavor pulled pork, follow these four easy steps:

  1. Place the diced onion, garlic and orange juice in the slow cooker
  2. Rub the dried spices on all sides of your pork
  3. Place the pork in the slow cooker and set the timer for 8 hours on low (don’t use high – it’s much more tender cooked low and slow)
  4. Remove the pork to a plate or cutting board and use two forks to shred

It’s a recipe where you barely have to lift a finger and the outcome is the most delicious pulled pork you’ve ever tasted!

Slow cooker pulled pork is juicy, flavorful and delicious. The best slow cooker recipe!

What to Serve with Pulled Pork

Well, first, let’s not forget that you can eat it all on it’s on. But this pulled pork is also great served with:

It’s also great mixed with your favorite barbecue sauce, made into a pulled pork salad or topped on some fried eggs for a savory, protein-packed breakfast. The options are endless. And that’s what makes this slow cooker pulled pork recipe so darn good.

Slow cooker pulled pork is juicy, flavorful and delicious. The best slow cooker recipe!

How to Store Any Leftover Pulled Pork

If you don’t happen to eat it all the pulled pork one sitting, not to worry – it’s delicious meal prep for later in the week. Just place it in a meal prep container. It will last for 4-5 days in the fridge or for 2-3 months in the freezer.

Watch This Quick Video of My Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe

Slow cooker pulled pork is juicy, flavorful and delicious. The best slow cooker recipe!
4.95 from 18 votes

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 8 hrs
Total Time: 8 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
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Slow cooker pulled pork is the tastiest recipe for your slow cooker. Pork shoulder that's slow roasted is so tender and juicy it literally falls apart on its own.


  • 4.5 lb pork shoulder
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 orange, juiced


  • Place the diced onion, garlic and orange juice in your slow cooker.
  • In a small bowl, mix all of the spices together.
  • Trim all excess fat from the pork shoulder, then rub the spice mixture generously around the entire pork shoulder and place in the slow cooker.
  • Turn your slow cooker to low and cook for 8 hours.
  • Once your pork is fully cooked, remove it from the slow cooker to a plate or cutting board and use two forks to shred the pork.
  • Optional: You can add some of the remaining liquid from the slow cooker to the pulled pork for extra moisture. 

Lisa's Tips

  • This is a delicious BBQ sauce that’s also paleo and Whole30 friendly. It’s great on this pork!
  • I’ve also heard great things about this slow cooker, if you’re looking to buy a new one.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 251kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 104mg, Sodium: 411mg, Potassium: 625mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 885IU, Vitamin C: 11.5mg, Calcium: 40mg, Iron: 2.5mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pulled pork, slow cooker pulled pork
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This recipe was originally posted May 2015, but updated to include new photos and information. 

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50 comments on “Slow Cooker Pulled Pork”

  1. Excellent recipe. Super easy and fresh! It’s an instant hit with my family. So versatile too! Can make tacos, salads, sandwiches. Thank you Lisa! Super yummy go-to recipe! I added bay leaves for good measure lol

  2. Since stumbling across this I can’t stop making it. Everyone loves it. I suggest using smoked paprika and thus far haven’t needed more than 6 hours to cook it, although leaving it on low for much longer didn’t seem to make a difference.

    • Hi Tony – Glad to hear you and everyone loved this pork! It’s definitely one of my favorites to add to any meal :)

  3. I made this and it was delicious!! I made pulled pork tacos with cassava flour tortillas and topped it with cilantro, onions, and spicy guacamole. This is a good idea for a quick dinner meal since it’s in the crock-pot. I used the leftovers to make breakfast tacos with a fried egg on top! So good!!

  4. Smelled wonderful while cooking and tasted great. I didn’t have any orange juice so I substituted white wine. yummy.

    • Hi Kat – I’m so glad you loved the pulled pork! And white wine is always a great substitute ;)

  5. Hi Lisa,

    I’m following a keto diet but would love to make this for the family. Would it be okay to swap the orange juice for lemon juice?

    • Hi Sara – I’m not sure how that would turn out. The orange juice makes it sweet, so the lemon juice might make it a bit tart. You can certainly give it a try though and if you do, let me know how it turns out!

  6. This is a great recipe, love  ? it!  I don’t have a slow cooker but I made it in a dutch oven at low 140C for 7 hours and just added some water to achieve the pulled pork. 

  7. Great for rainy or snowy days, but as good as it is, it can’t touch smoked pork shoulder. Impossible to get that traditional smoked pulled pork in a slow cooker.

  8. I have made this twice now for my family. It gets eaten up quickly! This pork shoulder goes into any meal! Eggs and pork check! Salads check! Any skillet meal with tons of veggies for dinner check! Right out of the fridge check! Sandwiches check! Great recipe!

    • Thanks, Brianne! This pulled pork recipe is truly versatile, isn’t it? I’m so glad you love it as much as I do! :)

  9. This ia a grsat and easy recipe – very tasty – but the link to the BBq sauce recipe takes me to Amazon…..

    • Hi Debs – Thanks, I’m so glad you liked the my pulled-pork recipe! The BBQ sauce is linked to a brand I love on Amazon, but you can always use homemade or store-bought BBQ sauce. :)

  10. I accidentally bought a bone in pork shoulder roast/ suggestions?

  11. Hi Lisa!

    I’ve tried it twice and it didn’t work both times. I used pork shoulder. Any suggestions as to why it didn’t work? The pork would not shred. Thanks!

    • Oh no, Marlene! How long did you cook the shoulder and at what temperature? This may give me a better idea of why it didn’t work.

  12. This recipe was so good! Only change I made was to use SMOKED paprika, and added a little extra S&P to taste after shredding. I reserved about a cup of the fatty liquid to keep the meat nicely moist and add flavor. Baked some fresh Brioche buns and plenty of fixins. What a supper! Will definitely be making this again and again. Thanks for the easy and delicious recipe!

  13. Thank you Lisa for this delicious recipe! Made it for Sunday dinner and my entire family loved it! The pork was so tender and flavorful.

  14. I just made this receipe. It’s absolutely delicious! What do you do with the juice in the pot? 

  15. Hi Lisa! Do you have any recommendations for the people who don’t have a slow cooker and may want to try to do something similar in an oven?

  16. I don’t own a slow cooker and don’t plan to buy one. Any recommendation on how I can translate this to a stove-top or oven recipe?

  17. Dear Lisa,

    Thank you for all these new recipes !
    Just a little question what kind of slow cooker are you using, I live in France and I am looking to see if I can buy one here.
    Thank you , Marleen

  18. Drooling! Looks so delish! Pinning for later.

  19. I made this recipe yesterday for dinner and my family LOVED it! My husband especially. yessss! This is the perfect recipe for me.

    Rating: 5
  20. That looks and sounds wonderful, such great flavours! You can’t beat some shredded pork on a sandwich!

    Rating: 5
  21. I love slow cooker anything and your pictures do complete justice to this pulled pork recipe. So few ingredients too!

    Rating: 5
  22. This is making me hungry!! I love that you can keep this in the fridge or freezer for a few months as I can see how handy it would be to have it at home and not have to worry about cooking. Cheers for sharing.

    Rating: 5
  23. I love pulled pork! Looks so delicious and I love how easy it is to make!

    Rating: 5
  24. Your recipes have helped me change the way I eat, thank you!  I was wondering if pork tenderloin could be substituted for this recipe? 

  25. Why cut the fat?

    Rating: 5