Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
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This slow cooker pulled pork is the real deal: quick, easy, juicy and full of barbecue flavor. Very little preparation, big reward.
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 6
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar (or coconut sugar for paleo)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 lbs pastured pork shoulder (boneless or bone-in)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1½ cups of stock (beef, chicken or vegetable)
  • 1 tablespoon natural liquid smoke (optional)
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (optional)
  1. Mix sugar, paprika, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  2. Pat dry the pork, remove butcher strings and trim any excess fat.
  3. Rub pork on all sides with spice mixture until well covered.
  4. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium high heat.
  5. Sear pork in olive oil, about 2-3 minutes per side or until a dark, rich crust is formed.
  6. Remove pork from pan and place in crock pot.
  7. Add stock, onion and garlic to the pan, scraping up any brown bits from the pork, and allow to simmer for about 5 minutes.
  8. Add stock, onion and garlic mixture to pork in slow cooker and cook on high 6-8 hours or low 8-10 hours.
  9. Remove pork from liquid and place on cutting board, discarding the bone if necessary.
  10. Strain the onion and garlic solids from the liquid and return solids to slow cooker; set liquid aside.
  11. Using two forks, shred the pork into small pieces, discarding large pieces of fat, and return to slow cooker with the onion and garlic solids.
  12. If using barbecue sauce, add it ¼ cup at a time to your liking. If not using barbecue sauce, add reserved cooking liquid ¼ cup at a time until pork is just moistened.
Recipe by Our Four Forks at