Pulled Pork from the Slow Cooker

In honor of the Lexington BBQ Festival that’s being held this weekend, I thought it would be appropriate to cook a little pig.  The official name of this recipe is called “Pulled Pork” but around here we just say BBQ.  I developed this recipe several years ago when I needed a main dish that took very little effort and could feed a lot of people. I’ve dished up this BBQ as a sandwich, as sliders and as a “meat with 2 sides”.  It really doesn’t matter how you serve it – just do it!  Every time I make this goodness I receive RAVE REVIEWS from the family and from friends!  So, get your pig on….you’ll be happy you did!
Pulled Pork in slow cooker

Pulled Pork from the Slow Cooker

Dry Rub
3 T. paprika
1 T. each – garlic powder, brown sugar, dry mustard
3 T. coarse salt
Making the BBQ
  • 1 (5 to 7 lb) pork roast/Boston butt.
  • 1 large onion cut into thick slices, these are just for flavor.
  • Mix all dry rub ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Rub the “rub” all over the pork roast.
  • Cover and put in the fridge for an hour but preferably overnight.
  • Lightly coat Slow Cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Line bottom of cooker with the onion slices and place the roast on top.
  • Set to cook on HIGH for 6 hours.
  • Remove pork (leave the onions in the pot) from cooker and using 2 forks, shred the meat.
Top with your favorite BBQ sauce, slaw, pickled onions or whatever else you like.  Get a napkin, some sweet tea and enjoy. Then, usually….
I pretend to read the paper or my Nook, but I’m really taking a lovely, happy nap.
pulled pork from the slow cooker
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  1. Many folks often ask me about adding liquid to the slow cooker…the answer is NO. Just follow the easy recipe and it will turn out great – every time!

  2. Donya, we donned our slow cooker, filled it as your recipe specified with all of the ingredients, turned it on, waited 6 hours (which was nearly impossible because of the aroma), and then flat-out attacked that Boston Butt. It never stood a chance. With three in our family, we ate on it continuously until there was none left. From now on, it's BBQ pulled pork at home for us. Incredible – thanks for sharing.

    • A Southern Soul says:

      Golly Wally….You made me blush! I am just tickled that you and yours loved it and will keep in your BOOK! It's one of my favs and go-to recipes!


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