Crock Pot Pork Shoulder for Pulled-Pork Sandwiches

Crock Pot Pulled Pork
The Spruce
Ratings (99)
  • Total: 10 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 10 hrs
  • Yield: 8 to 12 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
678 Calories
39g Fat
9g Carbs
69g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A pork shoulder is cooked to perfection in the crock pot, with your favorite barbecue sauce, for fabulous pulled-pork sandwiches.

This is a basic recipe for pulled pork shoulder using a boneless or bone-in shoulder (or Boston butt), but be sure your pork shoulder will fit in the slow cooker and will allow you to put the cover on tightly.

If you have extra, you can freeze it. Or take a look at these creative recipes using leftover pulled pork.

Ingredients

  • 1 pork shoulder (or Boston butt, about 4 to 7 pounds, bone-in or boneless)*
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 dash kosher salt
  • Dash freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional: 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup barbecue sauce (plus more for serving)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather The Ingredients

    Crock Pot Pork Shoulder for Pulled-Pork Sandwiches
  2. Place the pork shoulder in the slow cooker with the water and sprinkle with salt and pepper. If desired, add chopped onions.

    Crock Pot Pork Shoulder for Pulled-Pork Sandwiches
     The Spruce
  3. Cover and cook on HIGH for 1 hour. Turn to LOW and cook 7 to 9 hours longer, until very tender.

  4. Remove roast and discard the fat and juices. Chop or shred the pork and then return the meat to the slow cooker.

    Crock Pot Pork Shoulder for Pulled-Pork Sandwiches
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  5. Mix some barbecue sauce into the meat for flavor—about 1/2 to 1 cup of sauce.

    Crock Pot Pork Shoulder for Pulled-Pork Sandwiches
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  6. Cover and cook on LOW  for about 30 minutes to 1 hour longer, until hot.

  7. Serve on warm split sandwich buns with coleslaw and extra barbecue sauce on the side.

    Crock Pot Pork Shoulder for Pulled-Pork Sandwiches
     The Spruce

*If the roast is too large to fit in one piece, cut it into large chunks or trim it to fit in your slow cooker crockery insert.