Pulled pork slider and a closeup of pulled pork

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Fall-Off-The-Bone Flavor: Try this Irresistible and Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe!

Indulge in the heavenly flavors of our slow cooker pulled pork recipe, designed to provide a hassle-free and scrumptious meal. This recipe delivers tender and flavorful results without the need for extensive experimentation.

Start with a boneless pork shoulder weighing approximately 4 to 4.5 pounds, a cut of meat that effortlessly becomes tender and easy to shred when slow-cooked. The secret to this recipe lies in the carefully balanced combination of sugar, salt, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and chicken consommé. These ingredients form a marinade that infuses the pork with irresistible flavors.

The slow cooker method offers convenience and simplicity. Set the slow cooker to low heat for 8-10 hours or high heat for 4-6 hours and let it work its magic. The pork shoulder slowly cooks, allowing the flavors to meld and the meat to reach the perfect level of tenderness.

Once the pork is cooked to perfection, remove it from the slow cooker and shred it using two forks. For an added touch of moisture and flavor, mix the shredded pork with some of the cooking liquid or reserved liquid from the slow cooker.

Serve the pulled pork on buns or rolls for classic pulled pork sandwiches. You can also use it as a filling for tacos, or as a topping for salads. Don’t forget to pair it with your favorite barbecue sauce, coleslaw, or pickles to enhance the taste and add a touch of tanginess.

This slow cooker pulled pork recipe is a fail-proof way to enjoy a crowd-pleasing dish that is perfect for gatherings, parties, or simply a comforting family meal. With minimal effort, you’ll achieve tender and flavorful pulled pork that will leave everyone craving for more.

If you enjoy this recipe, try my Japanese chashu for another way to enjoy a pork roast!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Indulge in the tender and flavorful delight of our slow cooker pulled pork recipe. Simply combine a boneless pork shoulder with a carefully balanced marinade of sugar, salt, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and chicken consommé. Let the slow cooker work its magic as the pork cooks low and slow until it reaches the perfect level of tenderness. Shred the pork, mix it with the cooking liquid, and serve it on buns or rolls for a mouthwatering meal that will satisfy any craving.

PREP COOKING YIELD
24 hours 8-10 hours Serves 8
PREP 24 hours
COOKING 8-10 hours
YIELD Serves 8
Pulled pork slider and a closeup of pulled pork

Ingredients:

  • 1 Boneless Pork Shoulder (4-4.5 lbs)
  • 3 TSP Sugar
  • 2 TBSP Salt
  • 2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 TBSP Liquid Smoke
  • 1 Cup Chicken Consommé

Instructions:

  • Trim extra fat off the pork shoulder.
  • Combine the sugar and salt and rub into the roast.
  • Wrap the meat tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours.

Pork shoulder after marinating in rub for 24 hours still wrapped in plastic in a large metal bowl

  • Pour the consommé, Liquid Smoke, Vinegar and Worcestershire sauce into a large slow cooker.

Consommé in the slow cooker

  • Unwrap the pork shoulder and place in the slow cooker, fatty side down.
  • Cover the slow cooker and turn on to LOW.
  • Cook for 8-10 hours without removing the lid.  (You can also cook on high heat for 4-6 hours).
  • Remove the lid after cooking.  The internal temperature of the meat should be around 200 degs F and the meat itself should be very soft.
Slow cooked pork shoulder after 10 hours
Slow cooked pork shoulder after 10 hours.
  • Turn off the slow cooker.
  • Place the pork shoulder in a large foil pan.
  • Shred the pork with two forks.  Make sure all large pieces are shredded.

Shredding the pork with two forks

  • Pour the liquid in a large bowl.  Drain the fat by skimming it off the top or refrigerate for one hour and remove the solid layer of fat from the top.
  • Return the pork to the cooker and add enough of the juice back on to completely moisten the pork.
  • Turn the cooker back on to high for 20-30 minutes to warm up the shredded pork.
  • Serve from the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

  • Serving Suggestion 1 – Pork Slider topped with dill pickles and and barbecue sauce on a hamburger bun.
Pork Slider on a bun
Pork Slider on a Bun
  • Serving Suggestion 2 – Barbecued pork sliders – mix 1 cup of BBQ Sauce with 1 lb of drained pulled pork.  Put the pork on sweet rolls, top with pickles and serve.
BBQ pork slider
Barbecue Pork Slider on a Sweet Bun
  • Serving Suggestion 3 – Pork Burritos – add 1 tsp lime juice to 1 lb of pork to make carnitas.  Use the pork as filling for tacos or burritos.
  • Serving Suggestion 4 – Pork salad.  Use the pork as a topper to your favorite salad.
Pulled pork salad
Pulled Pork Salad

Notes:

  • For optimal tenderness, cook the pork shoulder on the low heat setting in the slow cooker for 8-10 hours or on high heat for 4-6 hours.
  • When shredding the cooked pork, use two forks to easily pull the meat apart into smaller, bite-sized pieces.
  • To keep the pulled pork moist and flavorful, mix it with some of the cooking liquid or reserved liquid from the slow cooker before serving.
  • Leftover pulled pork can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat gently in the microwave or on the stovetop, adding a splash of water or additional sauce if needed, to maintain its moisture and tenderness.

 

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