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Simple and Tender Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

  • Author: Erin Browne
  • Total Time: 7 hours 5 mins


My go-to recipe for perfect, fall apart fork tender pulled pork made right in your slow cooker.


  • 3 or 4 pound pork shoulder/butt OR pork loin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 big pinch smoked paprika
  • 1 big pinch onion powder
  • 1 big pinch garlic powder


  1. Season pork shoulder or loin generously with salt and pepper on all sides. Place pork in slow cooker and season with smoked paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Slow cookers vary wildly, so check it at 6 hours to see how long you'll need to cook. When the pork is done, it should fall apart very easily when pulled at with a fork.
  3. When the pork is done, remove it from the slow cooker onto a cutting board (careful - it will be hot and may come apart into pieces). Use two forks to shred the pork, discarding any large pieces of fat as well as the bone, if using bone-in.
  4. Place a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl. Use hot mitts and pour the juices left in the slow cooker through the strainer to remove any large bits of fat. Return the pork to the slow cooker, reduce to the "warm" setting, and pour the strained juice over the pork.
  5. Use pork however you desire - add barbecue sauce for sandwiches, add to casseroles, nachos, tacos, etc.


Pork shoulder will yield the most tender and moist pulled pork, though a pork loin will also work well. Some grocery stores label as "pork butt" but it is the same thing (confusing, I know)
You can use bone-in or boneless, just discard the bone when shredding the pork.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 7 hours
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