Pulled Pork Recipe in the Slow Cooker

3 ingredient crock pot pulled pork recipe

​The Spruce Eats / Nita West

  • Total: 9 hrs 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 9 hrs
  • Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
531 Calories
27g Fat
21g Carbs
48g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 531
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 172mg 57%
Sodium 647mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 48g
Calcium 68mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This easy slow cooker pulled pork is made with just four ingredients. A pork shoulder roast (or Boston butt) is slow cooked to perfection with onions. The pork is shredded and then it's finished with commercial or homemade barbecue sauce. This is excellent party fare. Just keep the shredded pork hot in the slow cooker for serving, and let your friends and family assemble their own sandwiches.

Shred the tender, juicy pork and put it back in the slow cooker for serving. Have split buns ready for guests, along with coleslaw, dill pickle slices, and baked beans.


  • 2 medium onions (thinly sliced)
  • 1 (4-pound) pork shoulder roast
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 (16-ounce) bottle barbecue sauce (or 2 cups homemade sauce​)
  • 1 cup onion (chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for crock pot pulled pork
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  2. Place half of the thinly sliced onions in the bottom of the slow cooker.

    Onion in crockpot
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  3. Add pork and water, along with remaining onion slices.

    Add pork and water
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  4. Cover and cook the pork on low for 7 to 9 hours or 4 to 5 hours on the high heat setting.

    Cover and cook the pork on low
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  5. Drain liquid from slow cooker.

  6. Then shred or chop the meat coarsely, and discard excess fat.

    Chop the meat
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  7. Put the pork back in the slow cooker. Add barbecue sauce and chopped onion.

    Pork in slowcooker
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  8. Cover and cook on low for 2 to 4 hours longer. Stir occasionally.

    Cover and cook
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  9. Serve with warm split buns and coleslaw.

    Crock pot pulled pork on buns
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  • Pulled pork is traditionally served with coleslaw as a topping or on the side, along with dill pickles, extra barbecue sauce, and baked beans.
  • Add a potato salad for a big meal or skip tradition and serve the sandwiches with French fries or roasted potatoes.