Renae Diggles

October 2, 2021

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork Recipe

Renae Diggles

October 2, 2021

Pulled pork is so easy to cook in the slow cooker. You can prepare it in the morning before work, and it’s ready to eat when you get home. It is the ultimate meal to make in advance. This slow-cooked pulled pork recipe is so juicy, and it’s melt-in-your-mouth tender.

Slow-cooked pulled pork has a sweet and robust flavor with the addition of a good quality barbecue sauce. While you can use other cuts of pork, we prefer a pork shoulder for this recipe.

pulled pork bun

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork Recipe

This is the ultimate slow-cooked pulled pork recipe to be enjoyed on a bun with tasty slaw, in stirred into your favorite pasta.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Servings 8


  • 2 kg Boneless pork shoulder
  • 2 tsp Table salt
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Onion, peeled and chopped small diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp Tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp Chili powder
  • 2 tsp Ground cumin
  • 1 cup Chicken stock
  • 3 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup Barbecue sauce
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard


  • The first step is to sear the meat. Rub the pork with salt and pepper. Next, make sure the pan used for searing is really hot before you add the meat. Sear the meat on each side.
  • Set the pork aside and use the pan to cook the onion and garlic. Heat oil in the pan and add the onions and garlic until the onions are translucent.
  • Add pork, onions, and garlic to the slow cooker on a high heat.
  • Mix the stock, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and tomato paste together. Then, stir in the mustard, chili powder, and cumin together in a bowl. Then add this to the slow cooker.
  • Cover the slow cooker with a lid and cook until the pork is easily shredded. This will take approximately 8 hours on a low heat or 6 hours on a high heat.
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Tips and Swaps

If you use a piece of pork that has fat on it, you might not need to add fat to the pan. If you’re searing a lean cut of pork, then add about two tablespoons of cooking oil to the pan.

You might want to make your own BBQ sauce. But if you’re time-poor, a good quality smoky barbecue sauce works just the same.

While the pulled pork is great on a brioche bun with fresh coleslaw, it’s also great meat to add to your tacos or nachos. I even stir it through pasta on occasions.

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