This pulled pork recipe is an American BBQ favorite, especially cooked in the slow cooker or crock pot. It is made using a pork butt or pork shoulder and can be cooked several ways, but the key to some tender and juicy meat is to cook it slowly for many hours on a low temperature. It is easy to make and so delicious to eat on a sandwich or on a plate next to any of your favorite side dishes. It will be a favorite in your home just as it is in ours.
- 4–5 lb pork butt
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- ½ cup chicken or beef broth
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup BBQ sauce (optional)
- Pat the pork butt dry with a paper towel if it is needed to ensure the spices stick.
- In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, cumin, and paprika. Stir together.
- Cover the pork butt on all sides with the spice mixture.
- Place the entire pork butt into the slow cooker.
- Pour the chicken broth and apple cider vinegar into the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Put the lid on and cook on low for 7-8 hours, or cook on high for 4-5 hours.
- Once the pork has been fully cooked, remove it and place into a bowl or on a tray. Using 2 forks, shred the pork.
- If you are adding BBQ sauce, then now is the time.
- Serve and enjoy!
0.7 NET CARBS PER ½ CUP SERVING (DOES NOT INCLUDE BBQ SAUCE)
Once you decide how you will cook your pulled pork, the key is not to rush it. Cook it slowly in order to get a soft and tender result.
Feel free to change any of the spices that you like or don’t like.
The pulled pork will be just as delicious without the BBQ sauce if you choose to leave it out. In fact that is the way I like it best.
Storing: It is very easy to store your leftover pulled pork. Just put it in an airtight container and stick it in the refrigerator so that it will keep fresh for about 4 days.
Reheating: To reheat your pulled pork, you can preheat your oven to 350 degrees and stick it in an oven-safe dish for as little as 5 minutes and it will heat up quickly. Don’t overheat it so that it doesn’t dry out.
Freezing: This is a good way to preserve any leftover pulled pork to have another day. If you wrap it in an airtight container and then put that container in a freezer bag, it will be just as tasty when you have the leftovers as it was when you first made it.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 4-5 Hours on High or 7-8 Hours on Low
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Slow Cooker
- Cuisine: American
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