Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

I’ve been wanting to do pulled pork sandwiches for quite a while now. The problem has been that I wanted to be able to make it on a day when I’d be around the house most of the day. Now, before you launch into your “the slow cooker is safe to leave on while you’re gone” spiel, let me explain. I know full well that I can leave the slow cooker to do its job while I leave the house to go do mine. It’s just that I haven’t used my slow cooker all that much and I wanted to be around to gauge the liquid levels, how quickly the meat was cooking, etc. That way, I can become a better judge of the quantities of ingredients I’ll need when I do set up my slow cooker to have dinner ready upon my arrival home from a long day at work.

This recipe was absolutely delicious. I should’ve known it would be. It came with the highest recommendations from Bridget, a great cook, fantastic photographer, and all-around nice girl. So take my word and Bridget’s–set this roast to cook all day and enjoy a delectable weeknight dinner.

Oh, and for all you Yankees out there–don’t forget to put the cole slaw ON your sandwich, not beside it.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
rub by Cook’s Illustrated, adapted from Way the Cookie Crumbles
method slightly adapted from Bridget

2TBSP ground black pepper
1-2 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 TBSP chili powder
2 TBSP ground cumin
2 TBSP dark brown sugar
1 TBSP dried oregano
4 TBSP paprika
2 TBSP table salt
1 TBSP granulated sugar

1 (4-7 lb.) pork butt½ tsp. liquid smoke (optional)2 c. barbecue sauce


1. Mix all spice rub ingredients in small bowl.

2. Massage spice rub into meat. Wrap tightly in double layer of plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least 3 hours. (For stronger flavor, the roast can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.)

3. Unwrap roast and place it in slow cooker liner. Add liquid smoke, if using, and 1/2 cup water. Turn slow cooker to low and cook for 8-10 hours, until meat is fork-tender.

4. Transfer roast to cutting board; discard liquid in liner. “Pull” by tearing meat into thin shreds with two forks. Discard fat.

5. Place shredded meat back in slow cooker liner; toss with barbecue sauce, and heat on low for 30-60 minutes, until hot. Serve on toasted buns with additional barbecue sauce and cole slaw.

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  1. Anonymous
    March 10, 2009 / 12:34 am

    That looks delicious.

  2. Carrie
    March 10, 2009 / 12:58 am

    Yummy. I have never had it with coleslaw. Sounds yummy.

  3. Joelen
    March 10, 2009 / 2:41 pm

    This looks so good!! I love how adding coleslaw makes it a more refreshing bite!

  4. katielisa777
    March 10, 2009 / 6:20 pm

    Haha, my husband is a firefighter and he forbids me to leave my crockpot unattended. Crazy man…

  5. Amy
    March 12, 2009 / 3:10 am

    This is how I do my pork samiches! I know the ever-popular root beer pulled pork is supposedly just-so-delicious, but I just can’t bring myself to do it! This one is always a winner! It looks great – especially with the slaw on it!

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