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bbq pulled pork sandwich on a bun

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork is what you want waiting for you at the end of a long day. Juicy, tender pieces of seasoned shredded pork simmering in a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce. It's a delicious and easy, set-it-and-forget-it recipe that is perfect for sandwiches, wraps, tacos, and nachos! The smell alone is worth it!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 191kcal


  • Slow Cooker


  • 2-3 pound boneless pork shoulder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce
  • cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tbsp. mustard
  • hamburger buns


  • Place the pork shoulder in the slow cooker.
  • In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, garlic powder, and chili powder.
  • Sprinkle the seasonings all over top of the pork.
  • In another bowl, combine the barbecue sauce, chicken broth, apple cider sauce, Worcestershire sauce and mustard together and pour around the sides and over the pork shoulder.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 7-8 hours. (or until the internal temperature reads 205 degrees F.
  • When the pork has finished cooking, remove it from the slow cooker with tongs and place it in a medium sized bowl.
  • Using two forks shred the pork into small pieces.
  • Add 2-4 tablespoons of the liquid form the slow cooker to the pork to moisten it a little.
  • Add more barbecue sauce if you would like.
  • Serve on hamburger buns if desired.


Be careful not to add too much liquid back to the shredded pork or it will get soggy.
Use a bone-in or boneless pork shoulder, pork butt or Boston Butt.
Remove bones prior to shredding if using bone-in.
If using a larger piece of pork (4-5), cut it in half before adding it to the slow cooker and double the seasoning ingredients. 
Remove all bones prior to shredding if using bone-in meat.
If pork doesn’t shred easily, return to slow cooker and cook for additional time.
Store in the refrigerator for 4-5 days or freeze for up to 2 months


Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 304mg | Potassium: 499mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 114IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg