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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Slow cooker pulled pork

Unbelievably easy slow cooker pulled pork – flavorful, tender, and only requires 5 minutes of your time!

Typically, I am the type of person that loves nothing more than to fire up the grill during the hot summer months to avoid turning on the oven at all costs. My whole anti-oven-in-the-summer philosophy sort of changed the last two weeks though, when Chicago (and the rest of the country, it seems) turned into a terrarium. With temps over 100, and humidity percentages as high as 80+ percent, the thought of going outside to grill didn’t even sound fun anymore!

I’m probably preachin’ to the choir, because I have a sneaking suspicion that most of you dealt with something very similar. Last week’s heat was the kind that made it difficult to breath, ya know? I walked outside to water my plants at 8:00 in the morning one day, and broke a sweat in the 5 minutes it took to nourish my poor thirsty plants!

When I looked at the forecast for the 4th of July, I knew there’d be no chance I’d want to man the grill, and I knew there’d be no way I could persuade Ryan to take on the challenge either. Instead, I turned to my trusty slow-cooker to turn a pork shoulder roast into super flavorful, incredibly tender pulled pork. It was probably the best decision I made all week, by far. (Some of the bad decisions included forgetting to water my plants for a day, and not making a list when I went to the grocery store which resulted in 3 trips in 3 days… oye!)

This recipe requires literally 5 minutes of your time. You just plop a few ingredients in the slow cooker, walk away, and about 8 hours later you’ve got yourself a meal that is SO tasty, people will think you spent hours preparing it. Variations of this recipe are all over the web. Some call for covering the meat with Coke, but I love using Root Beer. Use whatever you have on hand.

I served the pulled pork on homemade hamburger buns (recipe coming tomorrow!), and made these delicious Crispy Baked Onion Rings to go with it! 

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Slow cooker pulled pork 2

Prep Time: 5mn
Cook Time: 9hr
Total Time: 9hr 5mn

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2-3 pound pork shoulder roast, or a 2 pound pork tenderloin
  • 12-16 ounces root beer
  • 18 ounces bbq sauce
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder

DIRECTIONS

  1. Prepare the shoulder roast by poking it with a fork several times. Sprinkle the roast with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and gently press the seasonings into the roast.
  2. Place the seasoned roast in the slow cooker and place the sliced onion on top.
  3. Pour the root beer over the roast. Cook on low for around 8 hours.
  4. Carefully remove the roast after it’s cooked. Discard the bone if you used a shoulder roast. Use two forks to shred the meat. Discard the liquid from the slow cooker. Return the shredded meat to the slow cooker. Add in 18 ounces of your favorite bbq sauce and cook on low for an additional hour.
  5. Serve on fresh toasted buns.

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  1. I made this yesterday and it turned out so delicious! I’ve got quite a bit leftover, can you think of other ways I could use it?

  2. I have never used onion, will have to try it, but I love crock pot pulled pork…so good.

  3. how long do you put it in the slow cooker for.and what setting..thankyou .

  4. I will give it a try!!!!! It looks and sounds great!

  5. Would be a lot better if I had thought to have this for dinner – cool in NC – that will work great tomorrow WITH those fabulous onion rings as well!

  6. I don’t have a slow cooker but could I use a dutch oven?

  7. Tami Frese-Barnard

    You need to just go get one Jeff Portz!! Well worth the $. I am sure you can Dutch oven this. Low & slow for 3-4 hours @ 325-350.

  8. Hi, if you were to make this for a graduation party with a 100 or so guests what would be your quantities?
    Thanks!

  9. in Australia what could be used as an alternative to root beer?

  10. I use a bottle of Liquid Smoke, instead of the rootbeer, although I will try this sometime!! Sounds good, too.

  11. i have found some great ideas here but i live in the uk and it is not easy for me to get hold of root beer is there something else i could use instead as it does look yummy thanks

  12. sounds great, we also put liquid smoke in ours and paprika! seriously better than the resturants,

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