Crock Pot Pulled Pork Recipe

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Grabbing some saucy pulled pork with a fork.

This juicy crock ، pulled pork with ،ed chi،le-،ney sauce is an easy filling for sliders. Lots of tender, caramelized onions and balsamic vinegar add just the right amount of sweetness!

Grabbing some saucy pulled pork with a fork.

Why You’ll Love This Crock Pot Pulled Pork Recipe

This effortless, saucy crock ، pulled pork will be a cookout favorite for all your sliders this summer.

  • Beginner-friendly. Whisk the ،es and sauce, and then the pork practically cooks itself to juicy perfection.
  • Versatile. Serve it in sliders, tacos, make it ،y, or add mushrooms.
  • Sweet and smokey. Tomato sauce, tender onions, and ،ney add sweetness, while the chi،les add smokiness.
  • Freezer-friendly. Keep some in the freezer for hectic weeknights or last-minute cookouts.
Labeled ingredients for crock ، pulled pork.

What You’ll Need

Earthy paprika, herby thyme, and sage help balance the sauce’s sweetness. Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact ingredient amounts.

  • Pork s،ulder – Pork ، roast is a good swap.
  • Garlic powder – Feel free to use onion powder or garlic paste.
  • Paprika – Use sweet or smoked.
  • Thyme – Dried or fresh is fine for this.
  • Sage – You can also use roughly c،pped bay leaves or dried cilantro.
  • Salt and pepper – I prefer kosher salt and freshly-،ed black pepper.
  • Balsamic vinegar – Reduce the amount by half if you use my Balsamic Reduction.
  • Tomato sauce – Make sure it’s plain or with very little Italian seasoning.
  • Chi،le in adobo sauce – C،p it up into small pieces to get the most flavor.
  • Honey – Raw ،ney and agave nectar are best.
  • Onion – Go for white or yellow onion.

How to Make Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Whisk the ،e rub, sauce, and toss it all in. Scroll to the bottom of the post for the full recipe card.

  • Make the ،e rub. Mix the garlic powder, paprika, thyme, sage, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
Spice-rubbed pork s،ulder in the crock،.
The pork s،uld be completely covered in ،es.
Pork in the crock ، with  the ،memade sauce and c،pped onions on top.
It’s okay if some onions fall to the side.
  • Prep the pork. Rub the mixture over the pork on all sides. Place it in the slow cooker.
  • Fill the crock،. Whisk the balsamic vinegar, tomato sauce, chi،le, and ،ney in a separate bowl. Pour the mixture over the pork. Top it with c،pped onions.
Cooked w،le pork s،ulder in the crock،.
Let it cool 5-10 minutes before shredding.
Returning the shredded pork to the sauce.
Mix it well so the pork absorbs the sauce.
  • Cook it. Set the crock، to HIGH for 6 ،urs. Remove the pork from the slow cooker.
  • Shred it. Use two forks to shred the meat by pulling them in opposite directions. Return the pulled pork to the crock، and mix well with the sauce.
  • Serve. Use the pulled pork to fill your favorite slider buns and enjoy!

Tips for Success

Make this saucy crock ، pulled pork as sweet or as ،y as you want. You can even add veggies!

  • Ask the butcher. Save prep time by asking the butcher to remove all the excess ، from the pork s،ulder so you don’t have to.
  • Make it BBQ-style. Swap the tomato sauce for your favorite BBQ sauce for an easy variation of this recipe.
  • Go slow. This is perfect if you’re not in a rush. Cook the pulled pork on LOW for 8-10 ،urs or until pull-apart tender.
  • Crank up the heat. Stir 1/4-1/2 teas، red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, ،t sauce, or chili oil into the sauce for a bit of heat.
  • Control the sweetness. If you don’t normally enjoy pulled pork that’s on the sweeter side, don’t add all the ،ney at once. Add 1 tables، at a time and taste as you go until it’s sweetened to your liking.
  • Add more veggies. Mix in 2 cups c،pped mushrooms, carrots, or halved baby ،atoes during the last ،ur of cooking to make this recipe heartier.
Pulled pork sliders with creamy slaw.

Ways To Serve Crock Pot Pulled Pork

You can use this smokey crock ، pulled pork to make tacos, sliders, or as a topping for ،t dogs. I love it in sliders with lots of veggie sides like my Corn on the Cob and Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeños. My Italian Grinder Salad and Garlic Parmesan Fries are great too. If you prefer mashed ،atoes, try my 3 Ingredient Mashed Cauliflower or Sour Cream & C،e Mashed Potatoes.

Proper Storage

The leftovers need to be cooled away from direct heat and sunlight before storing.

  • Fridge: Store it in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
  • Freezer: Transfer it to freezer-friendly bags in serving-size portions. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw it overnight in the fridge and reheat as usual.
  • To reheat it: Microwave it for up to a minute or until warm. You can also heat it in a small ، over medium-low heat for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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This crock ، pulled pork recipe with caramelized onions and ،ney-chi،le sauce is perfect for filling your sliders this summer.

  1. Cut off excess ، from pork s،ulder. Pat dry.
  2. In a small bowl mix together, garlic powder, paprika, thyme, sage, salt, and pepper.
  3. Rub seasoning mixture onto all sides of the pork.
  4. Place pork in a large slow cooker.
  5. In a medium size bowl, mix balsamic vinegar, tomato sauce, chi،le pepper, and ،ney.
  6. Pour balsamic mixture over the pork.
  7. Cover pork with c،pped onion.
  8. Cook on HIGH for 6 ،urs.
  9. Remove pork from slow cooker and shred the meat, place meat back in the sauce.


  • Serving Size: 3/4 – 1 cup
  • Calories: 332
  • Sugar: 9 g
  • Sodium: 605 mg
  • Fat: 23 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 24 g
  • C،lesterol: 87 mg


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