Mr.CBB’s Crock-Pot Pulled Pork With Homemade BBQ Sauce

Crock-pot Pulled pork

Coming up with an easy pulled pork recipe for the crock-pot was simpler than I thought. Crock-pot cooking (also known as a slow cooker) is the next best thing to having a chef in the house who cooks for you while you are not around. Easy crock-pot recipes are showing up on the web and in cook books all over the world and for good reason. It’s the set it and forget it aspect of the crock-pot that is alluring to men and women who want to cook a hearty home cooked meal but don’t have the time to be in the kitchen for hours on end.

Walnut and White Cheddar Biscuit
Walnut and White Cheddar Biscuit

My good Blogger friend Aunt B posted this easy recipe for Walnut and White Cheddar Biscuits  that I thought would be perfect for my pulled pork sandwich.

I had tried it first with egg and ham in the middle and that is when I thought I might as well try it with pulled pork. As you can see from the picture the biscuit is very flaky and has lots of good flavour.

It was better than awesome as the nuts added texture and the cheese added the right amount of bite to the shredded pork.

How to cook pulled pork in a crock-pot?

Crock-pot pulled pork is so easy to do that even a student can whip this up in a mini-kitchen in their dorm room if they wanted. Pork is what they call the new chicken as it lends itself so much flavour without having to add too much to the mix especially if you are simply tossing it on the grill. When I created my pork roast crock-pot recipe I wanted to make sure it had alot of punch but I also wanted to taste the sweet and sour in the homemade bbq sauce that I would mix the pork in.

This pulled pork recipe lends sweetness from the brown sugar and cinnamon while packing a punch from the chipolte and paprika seasoning. The apple cider vinegar is perfect in the recipe as the tanginess goes so well with pork.

If you don’t want to make BBQ sauce then simply open up a bottle of your favourite kind and mix it in. Pulled pork sandwiches can be as flavourful as you want them to be or as simple with flavours as you like.

You don’t have to add BBQ sauce to the pork you could easily shred the pork after cooking it with a few spice and slap that in between some bread. It’s up to you.

What part of the pig is best for pulled pork?

I’ve used all of those below but find the pork shoulder (butt)  is the best especially for shredding the pork meat after it’s been in the crock-pot as it tends to be a bit fattier. It’s really up to you what you like an don’t like so experiment with the cuts you want and find out.

  • The Shoulder (butt)
  • Shoulder Picnic
  • Tenderloin -leaner cut of pork
Is pulled pork healthy?

I always say eat anything in moderation. It depends on the cut of  pork meat you use where the tenderloin is a leaner cut.  It also depends on what you mix in as flavourings and fats.

I would eat this easy pulled pork recipe as part of a balanced meal with a huge garden salad. You can also chose to serve the pulled pork on pita bread, sliced bread, tortillas to make pulled pork tacos instead or flat buns.

How To Make Homemade BBQ Sauce?
BBQ Sauce Ingredients
  • 1 can tomato paste 60z
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups of minced onion
  • 5 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 5 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • In a saucepan add in your butter to melt than put in the onions and simmer for 2 minutes stirring constantly.
  • Once the onions are softened add in your garlic and all the spices and stir. Always keep stirring this recipe.
  • Add in the Worcestershire sauce
  • Add in the brown sugar
  • Add in your tomato paste and stir it around until you mix all the ingredients together and the paste turns brownish in colour.
  • Add in your water and apple cider vinegar and stir
  • Let simmer on the stove-top for about 30 minutes or until it reduces and thickens
  • Stir often
  • Let the BBQ sauce cool before using to let the flavours come together.
Making Pulled Pork In The Crock-pot
  • Pork Roast of your choice  pork shoulder (butt)4-5 lbs
  • 8 Garlic cloves (left whole but peeled)
  • 3 medium yellow onions sliced in rings
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • Seasoning rub- 1 tbsp of lemon chipolte, 1 tbsp pork seasoning, 1 teaspoon pepper, 1 tbsp chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 tbsp brown sugar,1 tbsp salt- mix this together
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Garlic Inside Pork Roast
Garlic Inside Pork Roast
  • With a sharp knife make slits in your pork roast and insert a garlic clove into each cut. Make the slit deep so the garlic sits in nice
Seasoned Pork Roast
Seasoned Pork Roast
  • Sit the roast in a roasting pan and rub all the spices all over the roast
Onions in the Bottom of the Crock-Pot
Onions in the Bottom of the Crock-Pot
  • Meanwhile in your crock-pot lay all the onions on the bottom
  • Add the vinegar and chicken broth on top of the onions
Pork Roast In Crock-Pot for Pulled Pork Recipe
Pork Roast In Crock-Pot for Pulled Pork Recipe
  • Sit your pork roast on top of the onions and add the extra virgin olive oil on top
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours
  • Remove from crock-pot when the roast is done and put it back into that roasting pan

Shredded pulled Pork

  • Start to shred the meat with 2 forks (it should fall apart easily)
  • Empty all but 1/2 cup of the juices and keep all the onions in the crock-pot
  • Put all the shredded pork back into the crock-pot on low
  • Add in your homemade BBQ sauce that has thickened as you don’t want it watery and mix. If you don’t make BBQ sauce use at least 2 bottles of good BBQ sauce.
  • Leave it on low for about 1-2 hours or until fully heated through
  • Serve on your choice of bun, tortilla, biscuit, wraps, nachos… you name it you can eat it with this pulled pork
  • Serve with a side salad- we made a cabbage apple slaw type salad with a lime, ginger, garlic, sesame oil dressing.
  • Feeds 6-8 people

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  1. From the time I first saw this recipe I was like that looks so amazing its actually making me hungry right now 😉 Don’t you love a new delish recipe and this one looks like such a keeper I need to bookmark this post….(Note to self) Thanks also for sharing it at “The Ole’ Saturday Homesteading Trading Post” blog hop!

          1. I’ve learned that posts take time. Most of my posts take anywhere from 3-6 hours from start to finish. I’m too critical and I still make errors… ah well! No one is perfect!

          2. Oh, I’ve cut back and that’s not where all the time is really. It’s making sure I have keywords, headers, SEO, and doing my best to check spelling although I’m rubbish at that sometimes. Good ole spell checker comes in handy. It’s been fun, I learn alot and just want to make it a fun site for people to visit. I enjoy sharing personal stories from the fans and other blogs and keeping it a learning experience for all!

  2. I made pulled pork in the crock pot like in your recipe 🙂
    I have always watered down bbq sauce with some spices and added my pork loin roast to it, but it always was too dry and not enough flavour. Not the case tonight!!!!!
    I loved your idea to put a bed of onions down first. Also coating the roast in spices made it so much more flavourfull!!!! I didn’t have everything for the recipe but it was amazing and hopefully next time I will. I took the onion mixture and cooked out all the water and carmelized them.
    My hubby had four buns for dinner 🙂
    There are some for lunch tomorrow but I doubt there will be a drop leftover.
    Thank you for always posting your amazing recipes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Makes it inspirational for me to be in there more often.

  3. That looks super yummy. I got a crockpot as a wedding gift – didn’t use it for years. Finally start using it – they’re great!

  4. Just when I say I will control myself and check out your blog tomorrow, you serve up my dinner for Monday night will I am still at work, in the crock pot no less. LOL Thanks and I shall return. ;-D

  5. Looks good!!!!! A few things in there I don’t have in the house but it gave me ideas I can use with what’s in my cupboard/freezer and such. It looks pretty fudge able which is always a good thing. I know I have a small pork loin roast in the freezer and I think there is a pork tender loin in there too. The tenderloin might be better as I think it’s bigger than the roast…. Thanks for the ideas!!!!

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