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Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

Can't babysit a grill for a whole day? This easy slow cooker bbq pulled pork gives you the irresistible smoke and tangy goodness of a full-on smokehouse operation right from your kitchen.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq pulled pork, pulled pork
Servings: 6
Calories: 330kcal
Author: Jordan Smith


  • Slow Cooker


  • 4 lb pork shoulder or butt skinless, boneless (I used a boneless boston pork butt roast)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Dry Rub:

  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Sauce for top of pulled pork:

  • 1 cup BBQ sauce Franklin BBQ Pork BBQ Sauce
  • ¼ cup Apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup Chicken broth or stock
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Bottom of slow cooker:

  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 4 Garlic cloves minced


  • Rinse and dry the pork shoulder. To do this, take the pork out of the packaging and use paper towels to soak up all the excess liquid.
  • Combine the rub ingredients into a small bowl. Use your hands to add the rub all over the pork.
  • Heat up a skillet to medium/medium-high heat. Add the olive oil. Sear the pork on each side for about 3-5 minutes until golden brown. (5 minutes on the big sides and 3 minutes on smaller sides).
  • While the pork is searing, prepare the sauce mixture and chop the onion and garlic.
  • Place the pork in the slow cooker (fat cap up).
  • Add sauce mixture, onion, and garlic.
  • Slow cook the pork on low for about 8 hours or until done. The pork should be tender enough to shred.
  • Remove the pork from the slow cooker and let it cool so you can trim the fat and drain some of the excess liquid (optional).
  • Shred using two forks.
  • Optional: Add extra BBQ sauce to the pork after pulling.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • For optimal enjoyment, serve with buns and coleslaw!


Serving: 4oz | Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.7g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 22.3g