Moist and delicious Crock Pot Pulled Pork could not be any easier.  Full of flavor and great with just about anything, it is my go-to crock pot meal.  The bonus is that everyone loves it and I can set it and forget it.  Dinner has never been so simple.

Crock Pot Pulled Pork

My family loves when I make Crock Pot Pulled Pork and so do I.  Not only does it make awesome Pulled Pork Sandwiches but the leftover possibilities are endless.  The extra bonus is that is freezes really well too. 

So when I make Crock Pot Pulled Pork I am sure to make it worth my while.  I buy the biggest pork shoulder roast I can find, whip up a batch of my Everything Spice Rub and fire up the crock pot.


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The only down side I can think of is that sometimes by day 3 we are ready for a little beef in our life.  That is why freezing it has became so important around here. 

Plus, when life gets busy it is so nice to go to the freezer and grab a bag of cooked Pulled Pork.  I know that it will defrost in the fridge in about 10 hours or I can help the process out in the microwave.  Having items like this one hand and ready to use can make dinner time a cinch.

What Cut of Pork Can You Use for Pulled Pork?

The cut of pork you choose really depends on what you prefer.  If you like to have a little more lean meat, then I suggest a pork loin.  But, if you are wanting that stick to your ribs pulled pork experience, then a shoulder blade roast or Boston Butt is the best option.  

Let’s face it, fat adds flavor and the shoulder roast has just that.  You also get added flavor because the bone is in the roast while it cooks.  Not to worry though, after it’s time in the crock pot, the meat will literally fall right off the bone.  Making it super simple to remove.

Prepping your Pork Roast for Crock Pot Pulled Pork

The most important step is to rub the entire surface of the roast with this Everything Spice Rub {or a rub that you love}.  I made a full recipe and used the whole thing.  Flavor, flavor, flavor.

Speaking of flavor, instead of adding water as liquid, I like to add apple juice.  It not only helps steam the meat but also gives it an extra flavor as it cooks while keeping the meat super tender.

I cooked this roast on high for 4 hours and then turned it down to low for an additional 2 hours {but 8 hours on low works great too}.  Now I don’t think you can really over cook pulled pork this way because of the moisture is maintained.  But be careful because once it becomes tender, the texture can get a little mushy.  So just watch it.

I love the liners they sell next to the Ziploc bags, they sure help with clean up!!

Finishing Crock Pot Pulled Pork

Here is a look at the roast when I removed it from the crock pot.  I tried to get it out in one piece but it was so tender that it fell apart into about 4 pieces.

My favorite way to “pull” the pork, is to use these special forks.  It takes a little while but before long the entire roast was shredded. 

On the first night I serve it on dinner rolls with bbq sauce and a salad.  Then I made Baked Pulled Pork Tacos and BBQ Pulled Pork Stuffed Mac n’ Cheese.  TRIPLE YUM!

Crock Pot Pulled Pork

I like to freeze extra meat in Ziploc bags, making sure to get all of the air out of each bag.  I also make sure to write the date and cut of meat on each bag.  Sometimes when things are frozen they look the same and you play the “what am I defrosting for dinner” game.  I hope you will break out the crock pot and pull some pork today!

Freezing Crock Pot Pulled Pork

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Crock Pot Pulled Pork

Pork Shoulder Roast covered in a special blend of spices and slow roasted in a crock pot to tender perfection.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 12


  • 7-8 pound pork shoulder roast
  • 1 cup apple juice

Everything Spice Rub

  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika


  1. Cover pork roast with Everything Spice Rub and put into crock pot {fat side up} with 1 cup of apple juice.  Cook on high for 4 hours and then turn down to low for 2 hours {or cook on how for 8 hours}.  Remove from crock pot and pull pork apart, using 2 forks.  Serve over rolls or in recipe of choice.

Recipe Notes

  • ┬áIf you make a double batch of Everything Spice Rub, it is great to add additional rub to meat after it has been pulled.