Slow Cooker Carolina Pulled Pork

Carolina Pulled Pork Slow Cooker
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Ratings (7)
  • Total: 10 hrs 30 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 10 hrs
  • Yield: Serves 6
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
796 Calories
44g Fat
25g Carbs
69g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is your shortcut solution to Carolina pulled pork barbecue. While it lacks the authentic flavor of slow smoked barbecue, it is quite delicious.


  • 3 to 4 pounds (1.4 to 1.8 kg) pork roast, Boston butt or pork shoulder

  • 1 cup (240 mL) apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup (120 mL) water or chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons (10 mL) salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) black pepper
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups (240 to 360 mL) of barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons (15 mL) vegetable oil

Steps to Make It

1. Trim pork roast of excess fat.

2. Heat oil in large pot or skillet. Season pork with salt and pepper. When the pan is nice and hot, place pork into skillet and sear all sides. This will take about 5 to 6 minutes.

3. Set slow cooker for high heat. Remove pork from skillet and place into slow cooker. Pour vinegar and water (or broth) over roast and turn to make sure the vinegar reaches all sides. Cook on high for 1 hour, reduce temperature and cook on low for 8 to 9 hours, or until roast is tender enough to pull apart with your fingers.

4. Once cooked, remove roast and discard liquid. Leave slow cooker on. Pour in barbecue sauce. Shred pork roast into small pieces and return it to the slow cooker. There should be enough barbecue sauce to coat the meat but not so much as to make it runny.

5. Serve on sandwich buns with freshly made coleslaw.