Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Meighan and I were watching some old episodes of GardenFork and saw one on slow cooker pulled pork that looked good and were inspired to try our own version. It turned out great so I thought I’d share it:

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 lbs pork shoulder (we used Boston Butt)
  • 2-3 tbsp Cajun seasoning or homemade dry rub
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke


  1. Cut the pork shoulder into large pieces, leaving the fat on.
  2. Rub the Cajun seasoning or dry rub into the pork, generously covering all the meat.
  3. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork and brown on all sides then transfer to the slow cooker.
  4. Add the onion and garlic to the skillet and cook for a few minutes until the onion starts to turn translucent and tender. Pour the water in the skillet to deglaze the pan and pour the onions, garlic, and water into the slow cooker.
  5. Stir in the liquid smoke to the slow cooker mixture.
  6. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours then turn to low and continue to cook for at least 5 more hours. The pork should fall apart when pulled with a fork.
  7. Remove from the slow cooker, separate and discard the fat, shred the meat by pulling apart with two forks, and return to the slow cooker to mix in your favorite barbecue sauce.

We used Sticky Fingers Memphis Original barbecue sauce and served on toasted sesame seed buns with coleslaw on the side.


2 responses to this post.

  1. hey ben,

    thanks for talking about us on your site and posting your Pulled Pork Recipe. I’ve never heard pork shoulder called Boston Butt before, but maybe its a geographic thing.

    or a dig at the Red Sox…

    thx! eric.


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