You need to make this soon if you want your house to smell amazing. This is my favorite (and easiest) pulled pork recipe. And who doesn’t love a simple slow cooker recipe? Whip out the slow cooker or crock pot and let’s get this party started. You will be happy you did.
Adapted from a recipe from my cookbook, The Everything Wheat-Free Diet Cookbook. You can use that recipe if you are looking for a gluten-free, wheat-free pulled pork 🙂
- 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup organic beef broth
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional)
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 (5-pound) pork shoulder, boneless or bone-in
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- Place the onions, garlic, and broth in a slow cooker.
- In a small bowl, combine the sugar, chili powder, salt, cumin, cinnamon, and oregano and mix well.
- If you are making your own barbecue sauce using recipe above, prepare it now.
- Pat the pork with a paper towel and rub the prepared mixture all over it. Place pork on top of broth in slow cooker.
- In the same small bowl, mix the barbecue sauce and the soy sauce. Stir to combine. Pour on top of pork making sure the mixture is spread evenly on top. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
- Remove pork from slow cooker and allow to cool slightly. If using bone-in pork, discard bone. Place pork in 9" × 13" casserole dish.
- Shred the pork using a fork. Add additional barbecue sauce and slow cooker mixture if you’d like. Serve immediately.
The possibilities are endless with this pulled pork. You can serve with a bun, wrap it in a tortilla, serve on a bed of greens as a salad or wrap it up in a large lettuce leaf (such as butter, iceberg, large spinach leaves). You can also use bottled barbecue sauce if you’d like. I won’t judge. Just watch the sugars and ingredients in the bottled sauces.
My family loves this recipe. I use pork shoulder because it is cheaper than other cuts of pork and it works great in this recipe. You can also use a pork tenderloin, although it will be a little more expensive it is the leanest cut meat from pork. Being that it is that lean, it could dry out when cooked in the slow cooker so make sure to leave it in the juice and add additional barbecue sauce if necessary. ENJOY!