My Crock Pot Pork Shoulder is the best you’ll ever have and incredibly easy to make – a flavorful and fall-apart pork shoulder roast slow cooked to perfection with barbeque sauce and spices. Shred your pork after it’s cooked and make it into delicious crock pot bbq pulled pork recipe. Serve with sandwiches or tacos for a homey meal or take it to picnic!
SLOW COOKER PORK SHOULDER RECIPE
Slow cooker pulled pork shoulder is total comfort food that has become a true favorite for any special gatherings or easy weeknight meals. The best way is to rub it with seasonings and cook with onions in a crockpot all day long! A crock pot pork shoulder really feels like a classic meal perfect for serving company.
We usually shred the slow cooked pork and turn it into pulled pork sandwiches or pulled pork tacos. It’s melt-in-your-mouth delicious and one of my favorite slow cooker recipes along with slow cooker chicken fajitas.
HOW TO COOK PORK SHOULDER IN A CROCK POT
Cooking pork shoulder in your crock pot is the easiest way to cook pork shoulder roast. It calls for a few simple ingredients and is much less work than other cooking methods such as baking or braising on the stove.
- Start with a nice and big pork shoulder roast. You can trim large chunks of fat. Rinse and then dry well with paper towel.
- Then I do a simple spice dry rub. For the maximum flavor, I mix together garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper to season the pork. Then massage it right into the meat.
- Add the sliced onion to the bottom of the crockpot with the pork shoulder roast nestled on top. Then add your favorite BBQ sauce.
- After the pork has cooked, remove the pork to a cutting board or plate and let it rest for 15 minutes. Shred with 2 forks to pull the meat apart. You can add more barbeque sauce!
Crockpot pork is now ready! Good news is that it’s great for keto diet with low carbs. It is also gluten-free and paleo if you use the right bbq sauce.
Serve the shredded pork with pasta, rice, buns or tacos and pair it with a side dish such as fruit salsa or coleslaw!
PORK SHOULDER COOKING TIME
To make this pork shoulder roast in a slower cooker, I recommend cooking it for 8 hours on a LOW heat setting. Keep the lid covered.
If you need it to be done sooner, you can cook it on HIGH for 5-6 hours.
TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST CROCK POT PORK SHOULDER
- You don’t have to brown your pork roast. I’ve tried both ways, and this process doesn’t make much difference.
- No need to add any liquid to the slow cooker. There will be liquid in the crockpot that the pork shoulder gave off while cooking.
- Customize the sauce to your own preference. Swap out the bbq sauce for your favorites, and you can also use drinks such as coke, beer or Dr. Pepper. I have used pineapple juice and my Hawaiian pulled pork was delicious!
- To reduce the fat in the sauce, you can use a spoon to skim some of it off the surface when it’s chilled.
- This crock pot bbq pork shoulder could be made ahead up to 3 days.
WHAT KIND OF PORK IS BEST FOR COOKING IN THE CROCK POT?
Tough cuts of meat are best for cooking in a slow cooker as high amounts of collagen break down and then tenderizes the meat during the lengthy cooking process.
Pork shoulder is the best for cooking in a slow cooker, and ideal if you plan to make pulled pork. It’s also called pork butt or Boston butt. Both bone-in and boneless pork shoulder roast work well for this recipe. You can use pork loin or pork tenderloin if you are in a pinch, but they are less moist so make sure don’t overcook them!
Crock Pot Pork Shoulder
- 3 pounds pork shoulder boneless or bone-in
- ½ large onion sliced
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion Powder
- 1 teaspoon Paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup BBQ Sauce
Trim off large chunks of fat from your pork shoulder. Rinse and then dry well with paper towel.
In a small-medium sized bowl, mix together garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper.
Rub the seasonings into the pork roast.
Add the sliced onion to the bottom of the crockpot.
Add seasoned pork shoulder roast on top. Then add your favorite BBQ sauce.
Cover with the lid and cook on low for 8 hours or until fork tender.
After the pork has cooked, remove it to a cutting board or plate and let it rest for 15 minutes.
Shred with 2 forks to pull the meat apart. Add more bbq sauce if you prefer.
Serve warm with buns or tacos.