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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

This Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is the ultimate pulled pork recipe. Tender and flavorful pork shoulder cooked in a sweet, smoky, refined sugar-free homemade BBQ sauc
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Servings: 4
Author: Lexi


  • 2 pounds pork shoulder roast or pork butt

Meat Rub:

  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic power
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Homemade BBQ Sauce (see note):

  • 1 15 oz. can organic diced tomato
  • 1 8 oz. can organic tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup organic chicken stock
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon organic Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspooon cayenne more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce more to taste


  • In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, combine all sauce ingredients and mix well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Let simmer uncovered, mixing occasionally, for 30 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
  • While sauce is simmering, combine meat rub ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Pat meat dry and slice it into three medium pieces. Generously rub the meat with the spice mix, making sure every area is well covered.
  • Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat, and add 1 tablespoon avocado oil. Once the oil is hot, sear meat for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until brown. Place the meat in the crock pot.
  • Once the BBQ sauce is ready, take it off heat and let cool for about 5 minutes. Pour into a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour BBQ sauce over the meat in the slow cooker and make sure the meat is generously covered.
  • Cover the slow cooker and set it to cook on low heat for 8 hours.
  • Remove the meat and place it on a cutting board. Let cool for a few minutes. When cool, using 2 forks shred the meat into bite-sized pieces, discarding any large pieces of fat.
  • Serve warm with your favorite sides!
  • Leftover pulled pork will last in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.  When you’re ready to serve again, thaw overnight in the fridge if frozen.


  • You can always use your favorite store-bought BBQ sauce.
  • Serving: We like serving this with a slice of bibb lettuce, red cabbage slaw, and chives.


Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 520mg | Fiber: 2.6g | Sugar: 11.6g