Crock Pot Pulled Pork

I like to make this when I have some free time and then just keep it in the freezer in individual servings.  It is so great to have on hand to make a quick sandwich.  Let it set in the refrigerator for a couple of days before freezing to let it reach its’ peak flavor.  The slow cooker pulled pork sandwiches are great for lunch or dinner and will be sure to please everyone.

cp pulled pork 2I also cook this when I have company and we have something planned for the day.  Just put it on in the morning and come home to dinner waiting.  Also, check out the options at the bottom of the page for different variations.

This is an economical pork recipe because you can use the pork shoulder.  The long slow cooking in the slow cooker makes it so tender. If you don’t have a slow cooker, or you need to replace the one you have, try this one with all the bells and whistles.


  • 4 pound pork shoulder( or pork butt) roast
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1  cup chicken broth
  • 1 bottle beer, root beer, or Dr. Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Barbecue sauce

Prep Work:

  1. Rub the pork shoulder with sugar, S&P, chili powder, garlic powder and paprika. You can either place in a plastic bag overnight or immediately cook it.
  2. Thinly slice onions.
  3. Juice the lemon.

Cooking Method:

Line the bottom of the slow cooker with 1 onion.

Place pork in a slow cooker and pour chicken broth plus either beer, root beer, or Dr. Pepper over it.

Add lemon juice.

Add remaining onion on top of pork.

Cover and cook on slow for 7 to 8 hours.

Remove pork and shred with 2 forks, removing all fat.

Pour liquid into a large bowl and drain off all fat.

Put a bottle of barbecue sauce in crock pot and add 1 cup of liquid from the slow cooker.  Mix together.

cp pulled porkAdd pork back into slow cooker and cover.

Cook for 1 hour on low.


This can be served on a bun as a sandwich or as the meat potion of a meal.

Always taste good with your favorite coleslaw.

Taste wonderful with cornbread, your favorite vegetable, and potatoes or beans.

Add mustard powder and ground cumin if your family likes these spices.

Substitute ½ apple cider vinegar for the beer, root beer, or Dr. Pepper.

Don’t forget your favorite pickles!



For This Pulled Pork Recipe We Recommend

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  • Automatically turns to a warm setting after cooking.
  • Can be programmed to start at a certain time.
  • Removable stoneware can be used on table.
  • Great for potluck dinners.

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