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Easy Crockpot Pulled Pork Recipe

Updated on August 26, 2012

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

An easy crockpot recipe to make delicious BBQ pulled pork sandwiches.
An easy crockpot recipe to make delicious BBQ pulled pork sandwiches. | Source

Best Pulled Pork Recipe

If you are looking for an easy crockpot recipe for a large family dinner or cookout, this delicious pulled pork recipe is perfect and one of our family's favorites. The all day slow cooking process causes the boneless pork shoulder roast to literally fall apart into moist and tender pieces to create mouth watering sandwiches to serve your family and guests.

The term "pulled" refers to the part of this recipe where you shred the pork roast using two forks. Because the meat is so moist and tender, it really does not take a lot of effort to pull this roast into shreds. For more information on how to make this tasty pork recipe, read further for a list of ingredients, step-by-step directions with pictures, and leftover ideas to create another quick and easy family meal.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 8 hours 30 min
Ready in: 8 hours 40 min
Yields: Serves 16 sandwiches containing 5 oz of pork

Pulled Pork Ingredients

The ingredients to make crockpot pulled pork.
The ingredients to make crockpot pulled pork. | Source

Ingredients

  • 4-5 pound pork shoulder roast, boneless
  • 1 tablespoon BBQ seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup onions, chopped
  • 1 cup cola
  • 2 cups barbeque sauce
  • 16 sandwich buns

BBQ Seasoning Recipe

For this recipe, I used a BBQ seasoning rub made by KC Masterpiece. If you would like to make a homemade version of this seasoning, mix together the below ingredients. This recipe makes one cup of seasoning and remains good for up to 6 months if stored in an airtight container.

  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp red pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt

5 Quart Crockpot

Pulled Pork Instructions

  1. Place the thawed pork shoulder roast on a plate. If there is a netting around the roast, leave it on to help keep the meat together while cooking. Rub the BBQ seasoning and thyme onto each side of the roast.
  2. Spray the inside of the crockpot with cooking spray. Place pork roast inside and sprinkle chopped onions on top. Pour in the cup of cola and cover with the lid. Cook on the low setting for 8 hours.
  3. After 8 hours, remove the roast and place on a cutting board. Remove the netting from around the pork. Shred the pork into pieces by placing a fork in the roast and pulling the meat apart with another fork. Pour the broth from the crockpot into a bowl and set aside.
  4. Place the shredded pork back into the crockpot. Pour the barbeque sauce and a 1/2 cup of the broth over the pork and stir well. Place the lid back on and increase the heat to the high setting. Cook for an additional 30 minutes or until all the way heated through.
  5. Use tongs to add pulled pork to sandwich buns. If desired, warm the remaining broth in a saucepan on the stove to serve as a dipping sauce for the sandwiches.

How to Make Pulled Pork

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Our finished pulled pork sandwiches served with baked beans and cheesy potatoes.Rub BBQ seasoning and thyme all over the pork roast.Pour the onions and cola over the roast in the crockpot.After cooking for 8 hours on the low setting, remove the roast and broth from the crockpot.Shred the pork with a fork.Place the shredded pork back into the crockpot.Mix the pork with the barbecue sauce and 1/2 cup of the broth.Cook on the high setting for 30 minutes or until heated through.If desired, warm the remaining broth to serve as a dipping sauce for the sandwiches.Use tongs to add pulled pork to sandwich buns.
Our finished pulled pork sandwiches served with baked beans and cheesy potatoes.
Our finished pulled pork sandwiches served with baked beans and cheesy potatoes. | Source
Rub BBQ seasoning and thyme all over the pork roast.
Rub BBQ seasoning and thyme all over the pork roast. | Source
Pour the onions and cola over the roast in the crockpot.
Pour the onions and cola over the roast in the crockpot. | Source
After cooking for 8 hours on the low setting, remove the roast and broth from the crockpot.
After cooking for 8 hours on the low setting, remove the roast and broth from the crockpot. | Source
Shred the pork with a fork.
Shred the pork with a fork. | Source
Place the shredded pork back into the crockpot.
Place the shredded pork back into the crockpot. | Source
Mix the pork with the barbecue sauce and 1/2 cup of the broth.
Mix the pork with the barbecue sauce and 1/2 cup of the broth. | Source
Cook on the high setting for 30 minutes or until heated through.
Cook on the high setting for 30 minutes or until heated through. | Source
If desired, warm the remaining broth to serve as a dipping sauce for the sandwiches.
If desired, warm the remaining broth to serve as a dipping sauce for the sandwiches. | Source
Use tongs to add pulled pork to sandwich buns.
Use tongs to add pulled pork to sandwich buns. | Source

Pulled Pork Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 5 ounces
Calories 454
Calories from Fat288
% Daily Value *
Fat 32 g49%
Saturated fat 12 g60%
Unsaturated fat 18 g
Carbohydrates 6 g2%
Sugar 4 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 32 g64%
Cholesterol 125 mg42%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Leftover Pulled Pork

Making this recipe for my family of four, we definitely have enough leftovers to serve another dinner later on in the week. You could make another batch of delicious sandwiches or you could try one of the below leftover pulled pork ideas.

  • Serve just the meat with a few other side dishes. In the South, we love to serve a plate of BBQ pulled pork with side items such as macaroni and cheese, pinto beans, fried okra, mashed potatoes, green beans, fried green tomatoes, and you can't forget the cornbread!
  • Make a batch of baked potatoes for another easy family meal option. Warm up the leftover pulled pork and place on top of your potatoes along with your other favorite toppings.
  • Warm tortillas and fill with pulled pork to make delicious wraps for a quick dinner option. Add any other desired fillings and serve with an easy side dish such as chips and dip or french fries.

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Easy Crockpot Recipe

Slow cooking in a crockpot is an easy way to make a delicious family meal especially if you work or will be gone from the house all day. Before you leave, apply the seasoning rub to the pork roast and throw it in the pot with the other ingredients so it can cook the day away. As soon as you walk in the house, you will be hit with the mouth watering aroma coming from your crockpot. Whip up some tasty sides to accompany your pulled pork and soon you will have a crowd pleasing dinner ready to serve your loved ones.

I hope you have found an easy crockpot recipe for your boneless pork shoulder roast. If you have any questions or comments about preparing this recipe, feel free to leave these in the comment section below.

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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      To be honest with you I had heard of pulled pork but have never tried it. It sounds like something I would enjoy. There is just two of us here but we don't mind leftovers.

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      Alissa Roberts 3 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much! Hope you enjoy it!

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      Jackie Jacobs 3 years ago from USA

      This looks so good. I'm starving right now and I want to have this so bad. I will be making this! Voted up!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Hope your men enjoy it as much as mine do! Thanks for stopping by and adding your comments RobinGrosswirth23!

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      Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

      The men in my clan will go wild. i like that this goes in a crock. Yummy!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much lifefulfilled! It is delicious - hope you enjoy it! Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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      J.Martinez 4 years ago

      Sounds delicious. I think I'll give it a try sounds good.

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Lol I hear you on that theclevercat! We don't make this one often but it is my go-to recipe when hosting a cookout or party because it is just so easy and seems to be very crowd pleasing. Thanks so much for the vote up and tweet!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      So happy to hear you will be trying this recipe out teaches! My great grandmother use to make the best bbq chicken marinated with bbq sauce and coke so I wanted to give the coke a try with our pulled pork and it turned out great. Hope you and your husband enjoy it as much as we do! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      Rachel Vega 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      I wish it wasn't so fattening, but it sure looks gooooood! Great hub, voted up and tweeted.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Well, I guess I am going to have to pull out the crock pot and make this one for my hubby. He loves pulled pork and this recipe looks like it's easy since the crockpot does most of the work. The cola is new to me in this recipe idea, looking forward to see if it makes a difference. Thanks for the share.

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much tglowv! Hope you will give this recipe a try :) Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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      Tiffany 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Wow, impressive Hub and it looks like a great recipe!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Amen to that Billy! I really don't know what I would do without my crockpot. It has become one of my best friends over the years :) Thanks so much for stopping by and adding your sweet comments!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My God that looks good! Whoever invented the crock pot was a genius! Great recipe!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      It definitely is both of those daisydayz! Hope you will give this recipe a try! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Oh this sounds yummy and so easy!