Learn how to cook pork shoulder in the slow cooker to make the best crockpot pulled pork! This slow cooker pulled pork is easy and delicious!
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Get ready for an easy and delicious protein for your dinners that is slow cooked and full of flavor!
This pulled pork recipe only takes 10 ingredients and about 5 minutes of prep time and 8-10 hours of cook time.
Set the crock pot in the morning and enjoy your tender pork for dinner.
why we love Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
There is a lot to love about this shredded pork recipe. It’s one of our favorite proteins for a healthy dinner because it’s:
- Easy to make – Prep the marinade and meat in about 5 minutes and let the crock pot do the rest of the work for perfect fall apart pork!
- High Protein – This delicious pulled pork recipe has 21g of protein per serving!
- Great for meal prep – Pulled pork can last 4 days in the fridge and because it so goes so well with any side dishes, you won’t get bored with your lunches or dinners! Our favorite side dish recommendations are below.
Ingredients for Pork Shoulder in Slow Cooker
To make pulled pork you’ll need:
- pork shoulder roast
- bell pepper
- brown sugar
- tomato paste
- apple cider vinegar
- chili powder
- dry mustard
- Worcestershire sauce
- smoked paprika
You can find substitutions for all of these ingredients below in the green shaded box.
How to Make Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder
- Mix marinade together.
- Place half of your mixture in the bottom of a 6-8 quart slow cooker. Place your pork roast over the mixture and put the remaining mixture over it.
- Set your slow cooker on low for 8-10 hours.
- Using 2 forks or a meat shredding tool, shred the pork into thin sections. Serve by itself or on a bun warm with barbecue sauce.
SUBSTITUTIONS FOR EASY SLOW COOKER PULLED PORK
Pork Shoulder: Pork Shoulder and pork butt are the same thing. You can substitute the pork roast with chicken breasts to make pulled chicken instead of pulled pork. If you would like to use pork tenderloin, we recommend this Crock Pot Pulled Pork Tenderloin recipe.
Onion: You can substitute shallots in place of onion.
Peppers: You can skip the peppers or use a red pepper if you prefer.
Brown Sugar: Brown sugar is really the best option for sweetener in this recipe. It helps make a delicious glaze on the pork. You can substitute coconut sugar, but it will not be as good. I don’t recommend using maple syrup or honey.
Dried Spices: You can use more or less dried spices.
Lower Fat: If you are looking for lighter shredded pork try our Healthy Pulled Pork.
Can I set my slow cooker to high and cook it faster?
Yes, you can set your slow cooker on high and cook for 4-6 hours, however, pulled pork tends to be more tender and juicy when cooked low and slow.
There are 2 types of pork shoulder roast, which one do I choose?
The 2 most popular variations of pork roast are Boston butt and picnic. They are both delicious and appropriate for this juicy pulled pork recipe when cooked low and slow. Boston butt is a cut from the top of the pork shoulder and picnic is a cut from the bottom of the pork shoulder.
Tips for Slow Cooker Pulled Pork:
Should I brown pork shoulder before slow cooking? You don’t have to, but if you would like a crust on your puller pork, you could sear it for a few minutes on each side. Don’t cook the pork for too long though since it will get fully cooked in the crockpot.
How long does pork shoulder take in slow cooker? It takes 8-10 hours on low. We don’t recommend cooking it on high as it will not be as tender.
Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder FAQ
It takes 8-10 hours on low. We don’t recommend cooking it on high as it will not be as tender.
You can, but it won’t be as tender and flavorful.
You can trim some of the thick fat, but it will help to give flavor to your pork. If you are looking for lighter shredded pork try our Healthy Pulled Pork.
A 1.5 lb shoulder should cook for 8-10 hours on low.
If you cook the pork too long, it can get dry, but pulled pork is pretty forgiving and it shouldn’t dry out if you cook it for 8-10 hours.
How to Store Crockpot Pulled Pork
Storing: This will last in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an airtight container.
Freezing: Can I make this ahead of time and freeze it? Yes, you can make this pulled pork ahead of time and freeze it for up to 4 months. Make sure to thaw leftover pulled pork thoroughly before reheating.
Reheating: You can reheat this recipe in the microwave, toaster oven, oven or on the stove.
What to Serve with Easy Crockpot Pulled Pork
We love to serve this pork recipe with Crispy Roasted Potatoes and Healthy Green Beans Almondine. You can also serve them on a slider, as pulled pork tacos, or with some of our other veggie side dishes:
- Corn Tomato Avocado Salad
- Healthy Mac and Cheese
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Garlic Parmesan Corn
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Spiralized Potatoes
- Broccoli Salad Recipe
- Corn Salsa
- For even more ideas, check out these Healthy Side Dishes
Other healthy crockpot dinner recipes:
Looking for other easy meals? Check out these 40+ Healthy Crockpot Recipes. Click here to grab our free healthy 30 minute dinners cookbook.
Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder
- In a medium bowl, mix brown sugar, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, chili powder, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and smoked paprika until well blended.
- Stir in onion and pepper.
- Place half of your mixture in the bottom of a 6-8 quart slow cooker.
- Place your pork shoulder roast over the mixture and pure the remaining mixture over it.
- Set your slow cooker on low for 8-10 hours.
- Using 2 forks or a meat shredding tool, shred the pork shoulder into thin sections.
- Serve by itself or on a bun warm with barbecue sauce.