This easy pulled pork crockpot recipe is perfect for summer barbecues, game day, potlucks and graduation parties. Pork Butt is slow cooked to perfection with a homemade spice blend. Add in your favorite BBQ sauce for delicious sandwiches, pulled pork nachos and more!
Crock Pot Pulled Pork
Prep this delicious Pulled Pork recipe ahead of time, freeze it, and then when you’re ready for BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches or Pulled Pork Nachos just thaw in the fridge and dump into the crock-pot.
This Crock Pot Pulled Pork recipe is a favorite at BBQs, game day, birthday parties, and family dinners. It’s a cheap way to feed a crowd on a budget as pork butt often goes on sale. If you know of any upcoming parties or gatherings, keep an eye on the sale flyer and season the pork butt with the homemade spice blend ahead of time and place in the freezer. Put it in the fridge 24 hours before you plan to cook it to allow it time to thaw.
What is the best way to cook a pork butt in the crockpot?
There are a number of variations to this pulled pork crock pot recipe, but our favorite way is to season the boston butt or pork shoulder with a homemade spice blend and serve with our #1 barbecue sauce, Sweet Baby Rays.
How to make pulled pork
Making pulled pork is an easy and cheap way to feed a crowd. We entertain often, and I’m always on the lookout when meat goes on sale. We almost always have a pork butt in the freezer, especially in the summer, since I can easily put it in the slow cooker and set and forget until it’s time to shred it.
To make the best pulled pork, combine all of the dry ingredients together in a small bowl. Rub onto the pork, making sure to cover all sides. Place into the slow cooker, cover and cook. If you have a programmable slow cooker, set the temperature and cooking time. When the pork butt is done, I find it easier to remove from the slow cooker and place on a cutting board, it should shred easily with a fork. Once shredded, the pork can be placed back in the slow cooker to keep warm.
Ways to serve shredded pork:
- On a bulkie roll
- Pulled pork nachos – tortilla chips covered with shredded pork, barbecue sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream.
- Use leftovers in an omelette the next day
Make into a Freezer Meal:
- 4-5 lbs pork butt/shoulder
- 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
- 1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 tablespoons ground cumin
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 4 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 large onion - sliced thin
- BBQ Sauce
- Combine all dry ingredients except onion in bowl.
- Rub the spice blend onto pork butt, covering all sides.
- Place onions and pork in the slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours.
- Shred pork with 2 forks.
- Add BBQ sauce if preferred.
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Serve with your favorite BBQ sauce.