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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

I’m not a huge meat lover. I still get a bit skeeved over touching large pieces of raw meat, but I’m beginning to get over myself.There’s a whole lot to love about a piece of meat and a slow cooker…a whole lot.

I think this all started to turn around after I made Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas. Words cannot describe how life-changing that meat turned out. Served on a corn tortilla with cilantro and fresh avocado – home run! Suddenly, good meat was on a pedestal.

Pulled pork is a southeastern classic, but you can find it scattered all throughout the US. Everyone loves pulled pork and it’s a great dish to make for a crowd. Luckily it also reheats well, too. 😀

I cut this recipe into about one-third and used a bone-in pork butt versus a pork shoulder. Either will do…I just had the butt trimmed up and frozen, waiting to be used. This classic sandwich is perfectly paired with coleslaw. I chose a Bacon Coleslaw to try and that may be the best decision I’ve made in 2011. But more on that tomorrow..enjoy!


Slow Cooker Pulled Pork from The Way the Cooking Crumbles via The Cooking Nurse; spice rub from Cooks Illustrated

Spice Rub:
1 Tbsp ground black pepper
1-2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 Tbsp chili powder
2 Tbsp ground cumin
2 Tbsp dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1/4 cup paprika
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 Tbsp ground white pepper (I omitted because I didn’t have any)

Pulled Pork:
1 (6 pound) bone-in pork shoulder or pork butt
½ tsp liquid smoke (optional)
2 cups barbecue sauce


Mix all spice rub ingredients in small bowl.

Massage spice rub into meat. Wrap tightly in double layer of plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least 3 hours. (For stronger flavor, the roast can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.)

Unwrap roast and place it in slow cooker liner. Add liquid smoke, if using, and ¼ cup water. Turn slow cooker to low and cook for 8-10 hours, until meat is fork-tender.

Transfer roast to cutting board; discard liquid in liner. “Pull” by tearing meat into thin shreds with two forks or your fingers. Discard fat.

Place shredded meat back in slow cooker liner; toss with 1 cup barbecue sauce, and heat on low for 30-60 minutes, until hot. Serve with additional barbecue sauce. Yield: 24 servings (4 oz each).

Nutrition Information (per 4 ounces): 261 calories; 12.4 g. fat; 68 mg. cholesterol; 524 mg. sodium; 12.8 g. carbohydrate; 0.8 g. fiber; 20.3 g. protein

Result: Easy, excellent, and so moist and flavorful! That rub cannot be beat, and I only let the flavors meld in the fridge for 3-4 hours. I can imagine even longer would make it all the more rich in flavor. I do recommend using the liquid smoke. Mr. Prevention’s first comment was, “It tastes so smoky like this was cooked on the grill” – that’s the liquid smoke. Enjoy!


We’re having a “Thanksgiving” turkey dinner tonight. We have 2 turkeys that Mr. Prevention brought home from work in November and well, we just need to free up some of that freezer space! Mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus have also been requested. It sounds like we’re hunkering down for the chilly weather that the Midwest is currently enduring. Where is spring?!

Question: What are you up to this weekend? What sides do you enjoy with a turkey dinner?

Happy Saturday,

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  1. March 26, 2011 / 8:12 am

    I LOVE pulled pork but I never make it! I live alone and there is no way I can eay 6 pounds of meat before it spoils! Whole Foods to the rescue ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. March 26, 2011 / 8:38 am

    This pork looks wonderful! Nick and I had City BBQ last night (have you had it?? If not, you must) and yours looks just as tasty ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s the best BBQ in Columbus, btw.

    Enjoy your Thanksgiving feast tonight! I love cranberry sauce and stuffing as sides.

  3. March 26, 2011 / 8:58 am

    So I am not a much of a meat eater, however I am never home to make dinner on Monday and Tuesday evening, so I try and put something in the crockpot for Andy. He is going to love this recipe. Thanks Nicole!

  4. March 26, 2011 / 9:14 am

    If you’re gonna make pulled pork, then crockpot is DEFINITELY the way to go! I like to make it with a pork tenderloin so it’s super lean but still super delicious!

    This recipe sounds delish…as does your Thanksgiving dinner. One of my favorite meals of the year!

  5. March 27, 2011 / 1:46 am

    I dislike handling raw meat, too…but because the result is usually super delicious, I endure it for a few minutes. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I can’t wait to hear about the bacon coleslaw! It sounds like the perfect complement to this hunky, porky dish.

  6. March 29, 2011 / 1:53 am

    Out of all the meat dishes that I miss it has to be pulled pork! Mmmm… Makes my mouth water! ๐Ÿ™‚ When I made it I used to put pineapples and Kona beer in it. It was pulled pork with a Hawaiian twist. By the way I love the picture of all the spices in the bowl!

  7. Ryan
    May 2, 2011 / 2:52 pm

    I’m from southern Illinois a home of a nationally know BBQ smoke house, as well as a lot of great back yard pit masters. I moved to Chicago about a year ago and have been trying to find something that matches the BBQ I’m used to, and have yet to find it. With living in an apartment up here I can’t use a smoker to do it at home, so once I saw this recipe I bookmarked it immediately and just tried it out. Tastes very authentic even without being smoked so thank you for giving me a taste of home!

    • Nicole
      May 2, 2011 / 3:49 pm

      Comments like that make my day! I’m so glad the recipe gave you a taste of home…literally ๐Ÿ™‚ And it’s always a pleasure meeting a fellow Chi-towner ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for reading & for your comment! Have a super day!

  8. Melanie
    January 8, 2012 / 10:53 am

    TheRe are some strange symbols embedded – how much water in the slow cooker? And liquid smoke?

  9. Melanie
    January 8, 2012 / 11:18 am

    I checked the source and got it ๐Ÿ™‚

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