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Slow Cooker Smoked Pulled Pork

Southern Slow Cooker Smoked Pulled Pork – An easy crock pot pulled pork recipe that tastes like smoky southern pit barbecue! Plus, it only takes 5 ingredients to make this barbecue recipe.

Smoked pulled pork

Smokin’ Pulled Pork

You know, it’s a crying shame we don’t all have giant smoke pits in our backyards. Due to lack of space, money, or desire, smoke pits just aren’t practical for everyone.

Yet who doesn’t love rich succulent southern pit-style pulled pork, with its smoky essence and savory-sweet bite?

Well, believe it or not, you can make some pretty amazing pulled pork in your crockpot.

Our 5-Ingredient Southern Slow Cooker Pulled Pork takes less than 5 minutes to prep and tastes very similar to southern barbecue-joint pork.

Pork sandwich

Pulled Pork Ingredients

Five thoughtfully selected ingredients give this pulled pork recipe its southern appeal. All you need is:

  • A large pork butt roast
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Liquid smoke
  • Brown sugar
  • Cajun seasoning

Pork butt roast

Behind the Ingredients 

The apple cider vinegar and brown sugar provide the pork roast with that distinct Carolina barbecue flavor. The liquid smoke emulates the flavor of classic pit-barbecue, so you don’t need a backyard pit barbecue.

And the cajun seasoning bumps up the overall taste, bringing all the other flavors together.

After a day of slow cooking in your crock pot, mingling with the tangy-salty-sweet ingredients, the pork roast breaks down into shreds of porky ecstasy.

Cajun seasoning on smoked pulled pork

How to Make The Best Pulled Pork Recipe (in the Slow Cooker)

  1. Grab your crockpot and have all your ingredients ready.
  2. Place the pork butt roast in the pot and pour in the liquid smoke and apple cider vinegar. 
  3. Mix the dry ingredients and seasonings together in a small bowl.
  4. Rub on the pork and put any leftover seasoning in the liquid at the bottom of the crockpot.
  5. Let it cook on high for 7 to 8 hours, or on low for 12 plus hours. 

Slow cooker smoked pulled pork

 Get The Full (Printable) Recipe Below For How To Make Southern Smoked Pulled Pork. 

Crock pot pork

5-Ingredient Southern Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is so soft and mouthwatering, you won’t believe it came out of your slow cooker!

Enjoy it as a main course with southern sides, or pile in on rolls for sandwiches. I even like to use this easy pulled pork recipe on nachos, in tacos, and in soups!

5-Ingredient Southern Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is a great make-ahead.

It’s fabulous for parties and for planning freezer meals as well!

Barbeque Sandwich with Smoked Pulled Pork

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best cut of pork for pulled pork? 

In this recipe, I like to use a pork butt, but also consider using shoulder butt roast, shoulder roast, or Boston butt. I would look for a cut that has a little bit of fat in it, but not an overabundant amount. The fat will create great flavor, but you also don’t want to be eating large chunks of fat, or have to pick them out after cooking.

Can I make this pulled pork spicy?

Of course! The Cajun Seasoning offers a little bit of spice. However, if you want to add more, you can mix in a little (or a lot) of your favorite hot sauce.

You can also make sticky-sweet BBQ Pulled Pork by mixing in classic barbecue sauce at the end.

Why is my crock pot pulled pork tough? 

If your pork is still tough, that means that it has not cooked long enough. There is connective tissue inside the meat that needs to break down completely and melt into the meat, which then makes the pork so tender it falls apart with a touch by a fork. 

How long does this recipe last?

Keep it in an airtight container, in the fridge, for three to five days. After that, it’s best to freeze the pork. If well wrapped, you can freeze it for up to six months.

Barbeque sandwich

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Slow Cooker Smoked Pulled Pork

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
5-Ingredient Southern Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe - An easy crock pot pulled pork recipe that tastes like smoky southern pit barbecue!
Servings: 20



  • Place the pork roast in a large oval 8 quart slow cooker. Pour the vinegar, liquid smoke, and 1/4 cup water in the bottom of the crock.
  • Mix the brown sugar and Cajun seasoning together. Rub it all over the pork roast, then pour the leftovers in the bottom of the crock.
  • Cover the slow cooker. Cook on high for 7-8 hours, or on low for 12+ hours. Once the meat is fork-tender and falling apart, use two forks to shred the pork roast right in the juices. Mix well to coat.



Serve with southern sides, or on sandwiches, nachos, and tacos!


Serving: 8ounces, Calories: 162kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 71mg, Sodium: 58mg, Potassium: 445mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 345IU, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 0.8mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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17 comments on “Slow Cooker Smoked Pulled Pork”

  1. Easy dinner thanks to the crock pot! The leftovers are even better too!

  2. Super easy and amazing flavor! you can even use this to create so many other recipes! 

  3. I made this, and I’m making it again! Love the liquid smoke flavor, who would have thunk it?! You did and thank you.

  4. Love this recipe!! i’m about to make it again and carry for Christmas dinner for my family :) also have about a lb saved in freezer for making Brunswick stew for a side dish! very easy and tasty!

  5. My family loved this!! It was sooo easy. I used a 5 lb bone in butt roast. Added a little extra garlic powder and black pepper. Roasted fat side up in high for 7 hours. It was super tender and delicious! I served on garlic butter toasted slider buns with home made Cole slaw. Yum!!

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  11. Made this today and it was fabulous! Full of flavor but not overpowering. Really good on a bun with a pile of cole slaw on top!

  12. Hi Sommer, I’ve never made pulled pork before this recipe. You excellent instructions and simple recipe made this so easy– and best of all my husband loved it (me, too)! Thanks so much!

  13. I love when the crockpot can do all the work for me!

  14. Such simple and tasty sandwiches!

  15. This looks so insanely good and would seriously be the best base for a ton of different dishes!

  16. Pulled pork perfection!!

  17. Such a great dinner idea!!