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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe

Pulled Pork Recipe

This easy pulled pork recipe is perfect for those busy weeknight meals. Includes instructions for cooking in your oven, slow cooker, or Instant Pot (pressure cooker).  
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword barbeque, BBQ, Instant pot,, Slow Cooker
Author Donna


  • 1 ea Pork Shoulder about 4 lbs

Pork Rub:

  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

BBQ Sauce Mixture:

  • 2 cups Barbecue Sauce Sweet Baby Ray's is our fav!
  • 1 1/2 cups Water


  • Mix the Pork Rub:
  • Mix all of the dry rub ingredients together in a small bowl. 
    Rub your Pork Shoulder with the Rub mix.
  • Mix the Barbecue sauce and water.  Set aside.

Slow Cooker Instructions

  • Line or spray your slow cooker.
  • Next place the pork roast in your Slow Cooker.
  • Pour your Barbecue sauce mixture over the pork.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours. The longer your pork cooks the more tender it will get so I recommend doing the entire 8 hours.

Oven Cooking Instructions

  • Spray your roasting pan.  Place your roast in a roasting pan and add 1-2 cups of water. Cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake at 300 degrees for about 4 hours. It helps to turn over your roast a few times while roasting to insure a moist pulled pork. You can estimate 1 hour of baking per pound of pork.

Instant Pot Instructions

  • Spray your Instant Pot.
  • Place pork roast in the Instant Pot liner.
  • Pour sauce over the pork.
  • Set to MANUAL for 60 minutes.
  • When finished cooking use the natural release method and let rest 15 minutes.