Slow Cooker Barbecued Boston Butt

Barbecued Boston Butt Recipe With Slaw

The Spruce

  • Total: 9 hrs 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 9 hrs
  • Yield: 1 Roast (6 to 8 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
385 Calories
10g Fat
45g Carbs
28g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 Roast (6 to 8 Servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 385
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 1487mg 65%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 28g
Calcium 138mg 11%
*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.)

A Boston butt, contrary to the way the name sounds, is actually a pork shoulder cut. This easy, no frills pork shoulder recipe is made with only a few additional ingredients, including your favorite homemade or store-bought barbecue sauce. You can use a bone-in or boneless pork roast; a boneless roast can be cut into pieces to fit in the slow cooker, but if your roast is bone-in, make sure it fits before starting the recipe.

Serve the pork roast shredded, with split toasted buns, coleslaw, and fries or chips; baked beans are traditional with a pulled pork meal as well. It's an excellent dish to take to a party or tailgating event—serve the shredded pork hot from the crockpot. You can freeze leftovers or incorporate them into recipes using leftover pulled pork.


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  • 1 Boston butt pork roast (pork shoulder)
  • 1/4 cup water or beer, apple juice, or broth
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • Optional: about 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Slow Cooker Barbecued Boston Butt recipe ingredients
  2. Put the pork shoulder in the slow cooker, cutting the roast to fit, if necessary.

  3. Add the water and sprinkle the pork lightly with kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and cayenne pepper, if using.

    Slow Cooker Barbecued Boston Butt recipe
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  4. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours.

  5. About 1 to 2 hours before serving, drain off excess liquids, shred the meat, and discard any excess fat and bone.

  6. Return the meat to the crockpot and pour about 1 cup of barbecue sauce over. Continue cooking for 1 or 2 hours longer.

    Slow Cooker Barbecued Boston Butt recipe
     The Spruce
  7. Serve the shredded barbecued pork with split toasted buns, beans, and coleslaw, along with extra barbecue sauce on the side.

    Slow Cooker Barbecued Boston Butt recipe
     The Spruce
  8. Enjoy leftover shredded pork in one of these tasty recipes.


  • You'll probably have leftovers, and there are so many ways to use them. Aside from sandwiches, pulled pork makes a tasty addition to a macaroni and cheese casserole, or use the pulled pork to stuff egg rolls or biscuit cups.
  • If you would like to make your own barbecue sauce but don't have a lot of time or ingredients, you can quickly throw together a basic recipe. In a saucepan combine 1 cup of ketchup, 1/4 cup of molasses, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1/3 cup of cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, 1 teaspoon of onion powder, and a dash each of cayenne pepper and black pepper. Bring to a simmer over low heat and simmer for 5 to 6 minutes, or until thickened. Makes about 2 cups of barbecue sauce.

Recipe Variation

  • Because this is such a basic recipe, there is plenty of room to add ingredients and enhance the flavors. For example, you can add two sliced large onions to the slow cooker before placing the pork on top. Then simply continue with the recipe.