Crock Pot Pulled Pork
In our home, I try to make a pork recipe about once per week.
We like variety, and so I’m always selecting different cuts to use in a variety of ways.
One of our favorite pork recipes to enjoy during football season is Crock Pot Pulled Pork.
It’s so nice to let it cook in the crock pot all day, and I can shred it before the start of the big game.
By the time half time rolls around, it’s all ready to serve, so everyone can scoop some out to pile high on a toasted bun, and enjoy during the second half!
There are many ways to prepare a pulled pork that are delicious, and this is one of the recipes that I personally use.
I also have a different Crock Pot Pulled Pork Recipe, and one coming soon with details on how we prepare it on our smoker.
Pulled Pork is a recipe that is always well received when you take to potluck events, parties, cookouts, and tailgating.
This is a recipe that I’ve “Porkified” over the years, to achieve maximum deliciousness.
I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine does!
Pulled pork is the “new bacon” – from sandwiches, to nachos, or just on its own, pulled pork is a perfect option for tailgates and game-day entertaining recipes.
I start by preparing the pork roast the night before cooking.
I use about 2 Tbsp of yellow mustard to rub down the entire pork shoulder roast. This helps the rub stay on, but you won’t taste it after it’s cooked 🙂 Next, mix an envelope of your favorite dry rub (or about 4 tablespoons if it’s in a jar) with 1 tablespoon creole seasoning. Liberally apply this mixture over the pork roast and really rub it in. Wrap tightly in aluminum foil, and place in the refrigerator overnight.
The next morning, remove the aluminum foil, and place the pork roast into your crock pot, and turn it on the low setting. I add about 2 tbsp brown sugar, 1/2 cup of our favorite brand of barbecue sauce to the top, sprinkle with salt & pepper, and about a cup of water. Place the lid on the crock pot, and let it cook on low for about 8-10 hours or until pork is falling apart.
How to store leftover Crock Pot Pulled Pork:
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, for up to 3-4 days.
How to Reheat Crock Pot Pulled Pork:
While you can reheat it in the microwave or in the oven, I think prefer to reheat mine in a skillet. I add a dab of oil to prevent burning/sticking to the skillet, then heat until the desired temperature.
How to Freeze Pulled Pork?
Store in an airtight container, that is clearly labeled and dated, for up to 2 months.
PULLED PORK TIPS:
- The best cut to use when preparing Pulled Pork is a Pork Shoulder or Boston Butt.
- Use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature of the cooked pork is between 190-195 degrees F, different brands and sizes of crock pots/slow cookers can cause cooking times to vary, so you want to ensure the meat is at a safe temperature for consumption.
- To make OVEN BAKED PULLED PORK, follow all preparation steps as listed. Bake in a dutch oven or baking dish covered with foil at 300 degrees. It generally takes 45 minutes per pound, testing to ensure you’ve reached 190-195 degrees internally. LOW AND SLOW is key to getting tender meat, not tough.
- To make Instant Pot Pulled Pork, follow all preparation steps as listed, substituting chicken broth for water, to get the moisture you need. Place meat inside the Instant Pot, secure the lid, close the vent, and pressure cook on high for 1 hour. After the hour is up, let the pressure release naturally for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes you can quick release any remaining pressure. Remove and shred pork.
I serve my pulled pork sandwiches with bacon cheddar ranch potato salad, and a green vegetable, usually broccoli. Often we have a side of Instant Pot baked beans or Loaded Cream Cheese Corn as well, and usually top it with Copycat Cracker Barrel coleslaw. You can always add additional barbecue sauce if needed, but we usually don’t need it with this particular recipe, it’s so good! It’s also not unusual to see our guests take some of the pulled pork to top off their nachos with!
- 1 boneless pork shoulder roast
- 2 tbsp mustard
- 4 tbsp favorite dry rub
- 1 tbsp creole seasoning
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/2 cup favorite BBQ Sauce
- Salt & Pepper
- 1 Cup Water
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 63Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 455mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g
These are a few items I find helpful in my own kitchen when preparing this Crock Pot Pulled Pork Recipe:
Charlie Vergos Rendezvous Famous Memphis Barbecue Dry Rub Seasoning (4.5 oz) *2-Pack*Charlie Vergos Rendezvous (Memphis) Famous Barbecue Sauce 1LB 2oz (510g) 2 UnitsTony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning, 8 Ounce ShakersCrock-Pot Cook & Carry 6-Quart Oval Portable Manual Slow Cooker | Stainless Steel (SCCPVL600S)Pulled Pork Recipes:: 66 Pulled Pork Recipes – Juicy, Tender and Dangerously Delicious (pulled pork cookbook, barbeque cookbook, meat cookbook Book 1)Slow Cooker Revolution: One Test Kitchen. 30 Slow Cookers. 200 Amazing Recipes.Crock-Pot Recipe Collection