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.
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.
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
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.
How to Make The Best Pulled Pork Recipe (in the Slow Cooker)
- Grab your crockpot and have all your ingredients ready.
- Place the pork butt roast in the pot and pour in the liquid smoke and apple cider vinegar.
- Mix the dry ingredients and seasonings together in a small bowl.
- Rub on the pork and put any leftover seasoning in the liquid at the bottom of the crockpot.
- Let it cook on high for 7 to 8 hours, or on low for 12 plus hours.
Get The Full (Printable) Recipe Below For How To Make Southern Smoked Pulled 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!
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.
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Slow Cooker Smoked Pulled Pork
- 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.
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