Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Pork


BBQ Pork


This Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork is an easy, delicious slow cooker recipe and makes tasty pulled pork sandwiches that the whole family will love.

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After about 10-15 minutes of preparation you will be able to throw the pork in the slow cooker, turn it on and let it cook for 8 hours. I don’t know about you, but after a long hard day of work who doesn’t love coming home to a meal that is pretty much ready to be eaten.

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My husband loves BBQ Pulled Pork. Before I met him I must admit I didn’t eat much of it. My Mom never really made it growing up or BBQ anything for that matter. I have grown to like it, especially with a really good, spicy BBQ sauce.  I figure since my husbands eats my endless soups and salads then I can make some of his favorites too!

With the Super Bowl coming up you can put this on to cook and when your guests arrive you have pulled pork ready to be devoured by kick off!

Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Pork

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Serves: 8-10

A quick and easy slow cooker pulled pork recipe with lots of flavorful without using a bottled bbq sauce.
  • 3-1/2 lb (1.75 kg) pork shoulder roast
  • canola oil/olive oil for pan
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 3 bay leaves
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 - 14 oz can tomato sauce (try to use low sodium)
  • 2 Tbsp. each packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • Whole wheat buns for serving
  • barbecue sauce, for serving
  1. Sprinkle both sides of pork with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat a small amount of oil over medium-high heat and brown pork on all sides (takes about 8-10 minutes). Transfer to the slow cooker.
  2. Add the onions, garlic, chili powder and bay leaves to the pan that the pork was in and saute for a few minutes, loosening any browned bits in the bottom of the pan. (you will start to smell the heat of the chili powder and spices).
  3. Add ¼ cup water to the pan to help loosen all the flavorful bits and pour everything over the pork in the slow cooker.
  4. Add the tomato paste, tomato sauce, sugar, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce, cover and cook on low for 8 hours, until pork is very tender.
  5. With two forks shred pork. Pour off excess liquid if there is too much, and add a small amount of barbecue sauce to moisten.
  6. Serve the pork warm on buns making sure to leave additional barbecue sauce on the table for those that want to add it to their pork.
This BBQ pork freezes well. Just transfer the pork once cooled to a freezer safe ziplock bag and lay flat.

Slightly adapted from Babble




  1. Oh my gosh gurl!!!! I love my slow cooker! In the winter I get lazier and lazier so Mr. Slow Cooker becomes my BFF. I love that you didn’t use a bottled BBQ sauce, my kinda lady!
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    • A Cedar Spoon says:

      I know the feeling! Winter is in full swing and my energy level is pretty much zero when I get home from work. What would we do without the slow cooker? :) This pulled pork tastes awesome without a bottle of BBQ sauce, which makes me happy and my husband (who loves his BBQ Pork) even loved it.

  2. I seriously LOVE pulled pork. Jon and I are slow cooking a huge pork shoulder this weekend and I can’t wait!! Your recipe sounds great. :)
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    • A Cedar Spoon says:

      Great minds think alike!! :) I really liked this recipe–to be honest I don’t make a lot of pork but I would make this again and again!

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