This slow cooker pulled pork is tender, juicy, versatile and freezes well. So I love making a big batch of it. Read on this post of Apronese to see how to make pulled pork in slow cooker.

Use a Slow Cooker for Tender and Moist Meat

Slow cooking holds in all the moisture during cooking and slowly breaks down connective tissue, so the meat is so tender that it just falls apart and shreds with the touch of a fork.

Pulled pork is super easy to make, especially if you have a slow cooker.

How To Serve Slow Cooker Pulled Pork?

This delicious shredded meat can be served in many different ways. You can pile the pork into rice bowls, burritos, quesadillas, tacos, or just enjoy on a bun.

Serve this pulled pork as tacos in corn tortillas with sliced jalapenos, pickled red onions, and cotija, cumin lime coleslaw on the side.

Three pulled pork tacos on a plate with coleslaw

How to Freeze The Pulled Pork?

To freeze the pulled pork, divide the pork into more manageable portions (1-2 cup portions), then chill it completely in the refrigerator overnight.

Transfer the pork to the freezer once completely cooled and keep frozen for up to 3 months. Any freezer-safe container works.

How to Make Pulled Pork in Slow Cooker?

This slow cooker pulled pork is a tender, juicy, and flavorful meat that can be served in many ways.

Author: Beth

Prep Time: 10 mins / Cook Time: 4 hrs / Total Time: 4 hrs 10 mins

Servings: 6 (1/2 cup each)


  • 3 lbs. boneless pork butt or shoulder ($4.47)
  • 2 tbsp chili powder ($0.60)
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika ($0.30)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper ($0.02)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder ($0.05)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder ($0.05)
  • 1 tsp salt ($0.03)
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper ($0.02)


  • Combine the chili powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and some freshly cracked pepper in a bowl.
  • Cut the pork butt into 2-3 inch cubes. Place the pork cubes in a large bowl, sprinkle the prepared spice mix over top, then stir to coat the meat in the spices.
  • Place the seasoned meat in a slow cooker, place the lid on top, and cook on high for 4-5 hours, or low for 8-9 hours.
  • After cooking, stir the meat with a fork to shred the meat. If it’s not tender enough to fall apart when stirred, return the lid and cook for an additional 30 minutes and try again. After shredding the meat, it is ready to serve, or portion and refrigerate or freeze until ready to use. Keep the shredded meat in the juices from the slow cooker until ready to serve for the best flavor.


Serving: 0.5 cup ・ Calories: 434.52 kcal ・ Carbohydrates: 2.37 g ・ Protein: 40.1 g ・ Fat: 28.6 g ・ Sodium: 649.27 mg ・ Fiber: 1.42 g

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How to Make Slow Cooker Pulled Pork – Step-by-step Photos

Spices for the chili rubbed pulled pork in a small wooden bowl

Step 1: Prepare the chili spice rub first.

Combine 2 tbsp chili powder, 1 tbsp smoked paprika, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper in a small bowl. Stir until they’re evenly mixed.

Pork butt cut into large chunks

Step 2: Cut one 3 lb. boneless pork butt or shoulder into large chunks (about 2 to 3-inch pieces).

Seasoned pork butt pieces in a bowl

Step 3: Place the pieces of pork in a bowl and pour the spices over top. Stir the pork pieces until they’re evenly coated in spices.

Seasoned pork in the slow cooker

Step 4: Place the seasoned pork in a slow cooker. I do not add any water or liquid to the slow cooker, as the meat will release quite a bit of liquid as it cooks.

If your slow cooker specifies that you must add some liquid, you can add a cup of water.

Cooked Pork in the slow cooker

Step 5: Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8-9 hours.

After cooking, it should be so tender that it begins to fall apart when stirred. If it doesn’t, simply put the lid back on and continue to cook for 30-60 minutes more.

Sometimes that last little bit of time makes a huge difference in the texture.

Shredded pork in the slow cooker

Step 6: Stir the pork in the slow cooker until it has shredded into smaller pieces. Serve immediately or transfer to a food storage container and refrigerate or freeze for later.

Overhead view of a bowl full of chili rubbed pulled pork with taco fixings on the sides

And that’s all! It’s so easy to make, with the slow cooker doing all the work, and the results are so delicious. Don’t forget to come back to Apronese for more updates!