Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

This past week I made pulled pork in the slow cooker and it turned out really good! Pulled pork is typically a common American barbeque dish that is eaten on a hamburger bun with barbeque sauce. I think this recipe goes well for a pulled pork sandwich, but also good for pork nachos and tacos!

It had a nice flavor to it that wasn’t too sweet. I did add cayenne pepper to it because I wanted to have a bit of spice to compliment the brown sugar. If you are adding any type of barbeque sauce to your pulled pork, the cayenne pepper might not be needed. However, if you do eat this pork with just the dry rub seasoning, please try it as tacos or nachos! Salsa on this pork recipe is really good and I would totally make it again for a nacho dish.

When I decided on this recipe, I knew I wanted to use a slow cooker. First because I had to leave for work. Second because it is easier to clean-up. I started the cooker at 7:30am on the low setting. When I arrived home at 4:30pm, it was fully cooked and not overdone. I did notice the side that sat in the juices for most of the day was a little more tender and easy to shred with a fork. If you are at home while this is cooking, I recommend flipping the pork butt after about 3-4 hours of cooking on one side. If you are not home, then you can leave it. The pork was still tender overall!  

I did make pork sliders and tacos with this recipe. For the sliders, there was provolone cheese on Hawaiian rolls, topped with the pulled pork and barbeque sauce. For the tacos, I fried homemade taco shells with yellow corn tortillas. Then added the pulled pork, shredded cheese, and salsa. Everything was delicious!

Let me know how your pulled pork turned out below!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: Low-8 hours; High-5 hours
  • Servings: 6-8 people


  • 4-6 lbs boneless pork butt/shoulder

Dry Rub:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp minced garlic, dried
  • 1/2 tbsp Lawry’s seasoned salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


In a large mixing bowl, add brown sugar, onion powder, paprika, minced garlic, seasoned salt, and cayenne pepper. Mix well. Next, take the thawed pork and place dry rub all around it. Add seasoned pork and any remaining dry rub seasoning in a slow cooker. Seal the cooker with the lid, and let it cook on low or high setting.

Once the pork is done, take two forks and begin shredding the pork inside the cooker. You might have to chop some pieces up with a knife or remove fat. Once all the pork had been shredded, serve as you desire and enjoy!

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