Southern Pulled Pork Barbecue for Slow Cooker

Pulled pork
Slow cooked pulled pork barbecue. Diana Rattray
  • Total: 11 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 11 hrs
  • Yield: 1 pot (8 to 10 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
185 Calories
8g Fat
14g Carbs
14g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 pot (8 to 10 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 185
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 345mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 14g
Calcium 24mg 2%
*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.)

There are several versions of pulled pork for the slow cooker, and this recipe will not disappoint. The pork shoulder is slow cooked to perfection, shredded or chopped, and then a little vinegar and barbecue sauce are added, making a tender and delicious sandwich filling.

Serve the pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw—great as a dressing for the sandwich or on the side—and baked beans, along with sliced dill pickles and other favorite salads.


  • 1 Boston butt roast (or pork shoulder)
  • 1 large onion (quartered and sliced)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 large pinch garlic powder
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (your favorite)
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • Optional: two teaspoons liquid smoke

Steps to Make It

  1. Place pork roast in the slow cooker insert; add chopped onion, salt and pepper and a generous sprinkling of garlic powder.

  2. Cover and cook on low for about 9 to 11 hours, or until very tender and shreddable.

  3. Drain all juices off and shred or chop pork; add vinegar and barbecue sauce (and liquid smoke, if using).

  4. Continue cooking on high for about 1 hour. Serve with buns and tangy coleslaw for topping.

  5. The recipe makes about 8 to 10 generous servings.


  • Serve pulled pork with soft toasted buns or bulkie rolls along with coleslaw (for topping or on the side), dill pickle slices, baked beans, and your favorite side salads. Potato salad is great with a pulled pork meal. French fries or sweet potato fries would be excellent as well.
  • For a tailgating event or special gathering, serve the shredded pulled pork hot from the slow cooker for sliders or large sandwiches.