Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is an easy pulled pork recipe that can be used in many different recipes

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x

This pulled pork recipe is our family favorite! Add your favorite BBQ sauce or enjoy as is!



  • 5 pounds pork butt, bone in (If using boneless you might need to increase the cooking time)
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 2 medium red onions, peeled and sliced
  • 5 cloves of garlic

For the Dry Rub:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons – 1 tablespoon cumin (depending on your taste, we use 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar


  1. Add the ingredients for the dry rub into a small bowl and mix together.
  2. Use all of the rub to coat the pork, it will seem like a lot but the dry rub flavors the pork as well as the juice when the pork is done.
  3. Add the pork to your slow cooker along with the apple juice, onions and garlic.
  4. Set the slow cooker on low for 8 hours. Since slow cookers cook at different temperatures, check the pork after 6 hours to see if it shreds easily with a fork, if not let it go for another hour or two.
  5. Remove the pork from the slow cooker to a board to cool slightly. Drain the juices from the slow cooker into a bowl, discarding the garlic cloves.
  6. Shred the pork with two forks or meat claws and add back to the slow cooker. Add the onions (if using) and up to a cup of the reserved juices. You don’t want the pulled pork to have too much liquid so add the juices a little at a time and stir until you have the right consistency.

Recipe Notes

You can also use a boneless pork shoulder, the cooking time might be closer to 8 hours.

Keep this pulled pork on the warm setting until you are ready to serve and also to keep warm during your party if needed.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: slow cooker
  • Cuisine: American