simple yet flavorful crock-pot pulled pork

Simple yet Flavorful Crock-Pot Pulled Pork

The hardest thing about this dish is remembering to prepare it in the morning.  Other than that, it’s a very straight-forward pulled pork recipe that produces succulent, tender, delicious pulled pork. It is not overwhelmingly spicy but still has a nice flavor.

simple yet flavorful crock-pot pulled pork

simple yet flavorful crock-pot pulled pork

I used store bought bbq sauce because all of the recipes I found use ketchup. It seems kind of weird to me to buy one bottled product to make another bottled product? Maybe this pusedo homemade bbq is awesome and I don’t know what I’m missing, but I went the safe/lazy route and used Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce.

The recipe calls for 1/2 cup bbq sauce, which may not seem like enough.  My thought process is just to add a little for flavor then each person can add more if he/she likes.

simple yet flavorful crock-pot pulled pork

Recipe adapted from’s Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

simple yet flavorful crock-pot pulled pork

Serves 3-5
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 8 hours
Total time 8 hours, 15 minutes


  • 2-3lb pork shoulder / pork butt (netting removed)
  • 1 sliced yellow onion
  • 2 sliced garlic cloves
  • 1 cup chicken stock (or low sodium broth)
  • 1/2 cup bbq sauce (or more to your preference)


  • 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1. Put the sliced onions and garlic in a layer at the bottom of the crock pot. Pour in chicken stock. Mix the spices together then rub the pork with them. Put the pork in the pot.
2. Cook on low for 8 hours.
3. When the pork has finished cooking, remove it from the pot and use two forks to shred it up, removing bones or large pieces of fat.
4. Carefully (using oven mits) pour the remaining contents of the pot through a mesh strainer and return the solids to the pot. Discard the cooking liquid. ** If you don't have a mesh strainer, you can use a slotted spoon to pick out the cooked onions, then discard the remaining liquid.
5. Return the shredded meat to the pot and mix in bbq sauce.

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