Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

I'll bet many of you reading this are pulled pork experts.  I'm not a pulled pork expert, 
Pulled Pork
but I want to be one. Today's post documents my first attempt at pulled pork.  Stick with me, friends.  In spite of my inexperience, this recipe rocks.

I started obsessing thinking about making pulled pork after reading a post by Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, about her Spicy Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

For some reason her recipe intrigued me, and I'm NOT even a Dr. Pepper fan.  I just had to make it.

Off I went to my local grocery store to buy a pork shoulder butt (yes that's what they called it).  I had a discussion with the butcher about whether or not I wanted a pork shoulder or a pork butt.  It seems that semantics may be important here and regional variations may occur, so be careful about the cut of pork you buy.  He assured me I was buying the right cut for pulled pork and home I went.

If you take a look at The Pioneer Woman's recipe you'll see that she recommends cooking the pork butt in a Dutch oven for many hours at 300 degrees F.  Rebel that I am, I decided to try it in my slow cooker.  You might think that I made this decision because I am a crock pot aficionado.  I am not.  I rarely use my slow cooker.  For some reason, I got it in my head that this would be a perfect recipe for my slow cooker though.  Go figure!

Let's see how I did with this recipe, shall we?

The ingredient list is a simple one.  I made a couple of little tweaks to the original recipe.

Pulled Pork Ingredients
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

  • 4.5 pound pork shoulder butt
  • 1 large onion, large dice
  • 3 large cloves garlic, finely diced
  • one 7.5 ounce can chipotle in adobo sauce, pureed
  • 2 cans Dr. Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • salt and pepper

Season the pork butt generously with salt and pepper.  Set aside.   Cut the onion into large chunks and place in the bottom of the crock pot.  Chop the garlic and add it to the crock pot.
Onion and Garlic
Place the seasoned pork in the slow cooker.

Add the Seasoned Pork

Puree the chipotle in adobo sauce and pour it over the pork. 

Add the Pureed Chipotle in Adobo

Next pour the two cans of Dr. Pepper into the crock pot.  Add the brown sugar and stir to dissolve.

Cover the slow cooker and turn it on at the low setting.  Cook for 8 to 10 hours, or until the pork pulls easily apart.  One indicator that the pork is ready is that you will be able to easily pull the single bone away from the meat and remove it from the pot.  I was easily able to remove the bone after exactly 8 hours of slow cooking.

Remove The Bone
Be careful.  That bone is H-O-T!
Next, remove the pork from the sauce onto a board or a pan where you will be able to shred the meat.  I used a ceramic pie plate.  Using two forks, pull the meat apart.  Discard any pieces of fat.  At this point it should pull apart very easily.  If not, return it to the pot and cook for another hour or two.

Shred the Pork
If not serving right away, cover and refrigerate both the meat and the sauce.  I decided to make this a day ahead so that I could refrigerate the sauce and easily remove the fat.    When you are ready to serve, return the pork and the sauce to the same pan for reheating.

We made pulled pork sandwiches piled high with the pork, cole slaw and sliced pickles.  Oh, boy, were they ever good.  This is a delicious and easy recipe.  While it takes a long time to make, the effort level is really minimal.  Leftovers can be frozen, so you'll have multiple meals from one pork butt.

Do you want to give this recipe a try?  Click the link for the Pioneer Woman's Spicy Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork. or the Just One Donna printable Slow Cooker Pulled Pork recipe.

This is a keeper...


  1. Slow cooker can really do lots of things and is a wonder helper in the kitchen :)
    I used it to cook red/mung bean dessert soup (an Asian dessert), and it's easy to use (I don't cook:)

  2. Donna, I made this over the winter and did it in a crock pot as well! It was delicious; I think I'm ready for another batch after seeing this recipe again!

  3. I couldn't believe how easy it was in the crock pot. I've never been much of a crock pot cook, but I'm going to try to find more good recipes like this.

  4. I am a crock pot queen and have many excellent crock pot recipes. I have 5 crockpots of various capacities and functionalities. Cannot wait to make this recipe, sounds a BFF I can say need a new crockpot!!!!

  5. I have bought the packaged pulled pork and have thought, I need to find a recipe to make this myself. Now, thanks to you not only do I have one, but it's easy! I love easy!

  6. This would be great to have on Sunday after church. I would have to get my toddler out of his church clothes first.

  7. Visiting from comment hour! This sounds absolutely delicious!!

  8. Seriously trying this...I just saw one recently that called for rootbeer...May have to do back to back recipes.

  9. uhh, delicious! my hubs loves pulled pork! Marking this down for later use! #commenthour

  10. oh, this looks SO yummy. Pioneer woman recipes are the best! I have her cookbook!

    here on the SITS comment hour. :-)

  11. I never tried pulled pork but I heard it's really good! I think I might try your recipe!

  12. We love terrible tators: baked potato with pulled pork, bbq sauce and sr cream... yummy!

  13. I will be trying this. Thanks!

  14. Slow cookers can work wonders #commenthour

  15. If I ever start cooking for my husband, maybe I'll make him this.

    Visiting from #commenthour. :)

  16. This looks delicious!! I'll have to try it myself. Thanks! #commenthour

  17. Thank you for this!! I needed a new recipe for this week and this looks so simple and delicious!

  18. I like visiting your blog and the things you share. Thanks!

    Visiting from CommentHour.

  19. I love pulled pork. I actually just saw the spicy Dr. Pepper pork on Pioneer Woman today! #commenthour!

  20. Perfect simple recipe for me as a person who is culinarily challenged. Now if only I owned a crock pot! :)

  21. Oh my gosh! This sounds so good. I am going to have to try it!

  22. I'm not a pork fan, but my DH would love this. We do love crockpot cooking too. Visiting via #CommentHour :)

  23. We eat pulled pork quite often. Sometimes Hubby makes it in the crock pot, other times the oven. He even does it on the grill outside for hours and hours! So Yummy! I will have to give him this recipe to try!

  24. YUM. YUM. YUM! Sigh....if only i weren't on a diet right now. #iwsh #commenthour

  25. Funny story....I was watching the Wendy Williams Show on DVR today, and it was the May 5th episode. As I am reading this post, Wendy and Sheryl Crow are on her show making pulled pork. True story!

  26. Slow cookers are WONDERFUL, and I'll do myself a favor and make sure I'm not already hungry when I try to make this meal myself! It looks so delicious, I'd hardly be able to wait for the results!

    visiting from #commenthour

  27. Looooooove it!! We're definitely going to try it. Even read it to my chefy hubby ... he was very interested ... he enjoys making pulled pork too...

    Stopping by from Comment Hour last night!!

  28. Oooooh I need recipes!! This one looks great!! Going to try it next week. Perfect timing :)


  29. so sending this to my mom-she loves pulled pork!

    stopping by from the #commenthour!

  30. I miss my crockpot.

    So glad you got featured this week in comment hour.

  31. Replies
    1. It's perfect Super Bowl food! Enjoy, Doug!


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