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This lazy guide to making crockpot BBQ pulled pork in the slow cooker is great for getting yourself set up with a bunch of meal options for the week.

★ Why You’ll Love this Recipe ★

This crockpot BBQ pork recipe recipe is super easy!

You will slow cook a chunk of pork to tender goodness along with a few key ingredients for flavor.

Shred the meat when cooked, then add your favorite barbecue sauce. Simple!

Pulled pork tastes great on a sandwich, sliders or try it on top of macaroni and cheese or nachos!

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

★ Ingredients You’ll Need ★

  • Pork – use loins or pork butt
  • Apple cider vinegar – acids in vinegar help tenderize your pork for melt-in-your-mouth texture.
  • Worcestershire sauce – this adds a dash of flavor
  • Barbecue sauce – use bottled sauce or make your own BBQ sauce!

★ How to Make this Lazy Crockpot Pulled Pork ★

  • Optional Step for added flavor: Sear your pork in a cast iron skillet over high heat for 1-2 minutes on each side
  • Place pork into crockpot.
  • Pour in apple cider vinegar.
  • Add Worcestershire sauce.
  • Slow cook by weigh. See recipe below.
  • Remove cooked pork and shred.
  • Add spices and barbecue sauce.

Watch the short video beneath the recipe below to see the full process.

★ FAQs ★

At what temperature is pork fully cooked and safe to eat?

The National Pork Board recommends cooking pork to an internal temperature of 145° F. (View the full chart and more details here)

So, you will want to have a meat thermometers handy since that’s the best way to tell if your pork roast is thoroughly cooked without overcooking it to the point of it being really dry.

Another telltale sign that your pork is not yet done is if you puncture it with the thermometer, and the juices that come out are redish pink. This means it still needs time. Juices should be more of a brown color when the pork is done.

Don’t overcook your pork.

The key to delicious, tender pulled pork is cooking it just until it’s done, then turning down the heat to keep it warm. You’ll want to turn your crockpot to “Keep Warm” and not low or high or the pork will continue to cook and will become dry and tough.

Since the cook time varies greatly depending on the size and shape (how thick) your loins are, the best way to tell if the pork is done, is to check the internal temperature of the thickest part of the pork loin using a meat thermometer.

Don’t have a meat thermometer? Don’t worry, you don’t need anything fancy a simple analog thermometer works, or you can go digital for a quicker, more precise read. 

Shop meat thermometers on Amazon

What’s the best BBQ sauce to use?

If you’re not a huge barbecue sauce fan, it’s very possible that the barbecue sauce you’ve had just wasn’t a good one.

There are so many types of barbecue sauce that are typically made a certain way by region. For example, Carolina barbecue sauce is more yellow in color because mustard is one of the main ingredients. However, more traditional barbecue sauce like the ones found in Texas, are mostly deep redish brown in color.

To learn more about different barbecue sauces, check out this guide to barbecue sauces by region.

Once you have an idea of the variations in sauce, the best way to learn what type of sauce you like best is to do a taste test! Spend a little money getting a variety of bottled sauces and taste each one! Get your family involved and see what they like best too. Make it into a fun, cheap family activity you can do at home when you’re bored.

Can you make your own barbecue sauce?

Of course you can make your own sauce if you want. It’s actually quite easy and I have a recipe for you if that’s your thing.

Get my homemade barbecue sauce recipe here

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

However, this is lazy BBQ pork for a reason. I’m a busy mom with a lot going on during the week so buying bottled barbecue sauce is a big time saver for me. There are a lot of options too which is nice!

Still, if you have time and want to make you own, then you can still use this easy recipe. You may even find that making some sauce ahead of time and keeping it in the fridge would be a way to get the homemade flavor you want without spending a lot of time when you’ve ready to actually make pulled pork.

What’s the best way to shred pork?

This simple crockpot pulled pork recipe is one of my favorites to make. This recipe makes enough to serve a small crowd but you can also make it for dinner and use the leftovers to munch on throughout the week for lunch. It’s so easy! Just slow cook your pork and shred it.

To make things even easier, try using these meat shredder claws to quickly and easily shred the cooked pork without burning your hands. The nice part is you don’t have to wait so long for it to cool this way and then heat it back up again. Just be careful though, the steam can still be hot and burn your hands so use caution.

Shredding Pork using Meat Claws

What can you make with pulled pork?

I love a pulled pork sandwich topped with homemade coleslaw, on a toasted kaiser roll or try pulled pork on Hawaiian rolls with avocados for delicious pulled pork sliders.

You can also serve up pulled pork without a bun. Pair it with a side of baked beans, homemade macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and/or some cornbread. We like to do this and it feels just like you’re out to eat at Famous Dave’s!

Recipes using Pulled Pork

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Lazy BBQ Pulled Pork

Lazy BBQ Pulled Pork

This lazy guide to making crockpot BBQ pulled pork in the slow cooker is quick to prep and easy. Use bottled or make your own barbecue sauce.
Author: Angela G.
4.8 from 6 reviews
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Skill Level: Easy
Recipe Type: Crock-Pot, Party Recipes, Pork
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings
Yield: 12 cups

Ingredients
 

  • 6 lb pork loin or 1 large pork butt
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 20 oz bottle your favorite barbecue sauce or make your own barbecue sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Optional: If you want some added flavor, sear the outside sides of your pork loin or roast in a skillet on high heat until all sides are browned. This step is optional, if you're feeling lazy, its OK to skip it!
  • Add pork loins or butt to your crockpot and then top with vinegar and Worcestershire sauce.
    For pork loins: cook 20 minutes per pound on high or until internal temperature reaches 145° F.
    For pork butt: cook 35-40 minutes per pound on high or until internal temperature reaches 145° F.*
  • When pork is fully cooked, remove and let cool until it's not too hot to touch. Shred the pork by hand (or use shredding claws) into a large bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Toss pork in barbecue sauce and serve immediately or refrigerate and re-heat when ready to eat.

Video

Notes

This recipe starts with a pork butt of any size, you’ll just need to check the temperature and juices to know when it’s ready.
Cook time varies by size and shape of loins. Use a meat thermometer to cook pork just until done for more tender pork. Set crockpot to keep warm once temperature is achieved so pork does not become overdone.
If using a pork butt, score the fat on top to prevent the roast from shrinking as it cooks. Place in crockpot fat-side facing up. (Learn how to score a pork roast)
Do not add barbecue sauce until the pork is fully cooked. The sugar in the sauce will burn if cooked with the pork.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 625mg | Potassium: 995mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 108IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg
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Erica

Sunday 17th of April 2022

I guess I don’t understand what happened. I got a 2.5 pound pork loin roast. Cooked for an hour because it’s 20 minutes per pound on high? But the top of the thing says cook on low. So contradicting. I cooked on high. And it was no where near done. So now it became a guessing game. I don’t have the results on how it turned out cause I’m still cooking it. But I’m really disappointed and should have just cooked it for a few hours and checked it every so often.

Kaitlin F

Tuesday 1st of February 2022

Really loved the flavor of the pork - turned out really well that way! However, it would’ve been nice to have some more exact specifications on how many pounds denote the time it should cook. I ended up having to cook mine (which was over 5 lbs) on high for about an hour and 45 minutes and then another 3 hours on low, and it cooked all the way through but did not fall apart nicely and was tough to shred. Next time, I may either leave it on low for a few hours longer or on high for 3-5 hours and see if that works better.

Angela G.

Monday 28th of February 2022

Hi Kaitlin, Thanks for your review! I updated the cooking instructions per your feedback. Really appreciate your comments. Glad you enjoyed the flavor!

Deana Thomas

Monday 17th of January 2022

This was wonderful. I will be making this again for sure. Thank you so much.

Angela G.

Monday 17th of January 2022

So glad you enjoyed it!

kim

Sunday 24th of October 2021

Your recipes look great and easy. I havent tried one yet, I wish more people would leave reviews, I am sure more than 1 or 2 people have tried these recipes. When I make one I will leave a review Thank you for your recipes

Angela G.

Sunday 24th of October 2021

Thanks Kim! I’d love for you to leave a review.

Elaine Madak

Friday 27th of August 2021

Just made this for a catering event. It turned out beautifully! I did season the pork with salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, chili powder. Cooked on high for 2 hours and then on low for 6 hours. My pork butt was 11 pounds. I’ll definitely make this again. So easy in the crock pot, use a liner and clean up is a cinch!

Angela G.

Sunday 24th of October 2021

Elaine, I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for sharing your additions. Sounds great!