The BEST Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

The BEST Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
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This is no ordinary sandwich it’s The BEST Slow Cooker Pulled Pork sandwich! My spin on this dish adds some BBQ Rub, Dr. Pepper, and a touch of chipotle for a hint of spice. Fall apart tender and the perfect blend of smoky, sweet, & heat. Serve it with your favorite hamburger buns or thick slices of toasted bread. Top it off with some extra sauce and a simple coleslaw mix for a little crunch.

Perfect for those summer days when you don’t feel like standing over a hot stove and comforting on those crisp fall evenings that you crave something simple & delicious. These sandwiches have been a hit in my house for many years. Whether I make it for my family or cook it up ahead of time for a tailgate, there’s always someone asking for seconds.

You can make it ahead of time and pop it in the fridge. Just heat it up the next day or freeze for a “rainy day” when you need a quick dinner. I am a big believer that most things we cook at home can be used as a meal prep and this is another perfect example of that. Cook up a batch and divide into your containers with your favorite steamed veggies on the side.

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What You’ll Need:

Pork Shoulder- I use a 4-5 pound bone-in pork shoulder. You can also use boneless if that is what you have.

BBQ Rub- I use a DIY rub that I make in a large jar (you can find the recipe on my Instagram). Making my own is the easiest way to go for us. I make this several times a year and buying rub at the store at those kinds of quantities isn’t exactly cost effective. One batch of homemade will usually last me around 6 months.

Soda- We usually opt for can of Dr. Pepper because the flavor pairs well with everything else, however, I have used Root Beer and Coca-Cola in a pinch and it still turns out great.

Chipotle- I find chipotle sauce at my local grocery store. I comes in a small can and anything that I do not use, it can be frozen for the next time I make pulled pork. If you cannot find it, just use a whole chipotle or the adobo sauce. You can also add more or less to suit your taste preference.

Onion- I cut mine in half, then into thick slices that way it does not “disappear” completely during the long cooking time.

BBQ Sauce- Use a bottle of your favorite sauce.

Cabbage- You can either shred some cabbage by hand or buy a bag of coleslaw mix. Whichever is easier, but the added bite of fresh cabbage balances everything out.

Hamburger Buns- Our favorite is buns are made with my Master Butter Dough. Out of this world delicious. So good that even the pickiest eaters in our family ask for seconds and maybe thirds… wink, wink.

Slow Cooker- You will need a 6 quart slow cooker. I use my Instant Pot on the slow cook setting.

Looking for more Instant Pot dinner recipes?

Instant Pot Shredded Beef Chili

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Instant Pot Honey Ginger Drumsticks

If you try The BEST Slow Cooker Pulled Pork or any of my other recipes tag me on Instagram @joymakersandco, I’d love to see what you make!

The BEST Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

The BEST Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

These sweet pulled pork sandwiches with a touch of spice are sure to be a hit. Top it off with extra sauce and a handful of shredded cabbage for crunch. Get creative and serve it over rice with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, & cilantro for a pulled pork bowl.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 22 kcal


  • 1 Slow Cooker 6 quart


  • 1 4-5 lb. pork shoulder, bone-in
  • 1/4 cup BBQ rub
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 12 oz. can of soda (Dr. Pepper, Root Beer, or Coca-Cola)
  • 3 tablespoons chipotle sauce
  • 1 18 ounce bottle of BBQ sauce
  • shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix, optional


  • Sprinkle the BBQ rub all over the pork shoulder and place into the slow cooker.
  • Toss in the sliced onions, add the chipotle, and pour the soda around the sides of the pork.
  • Set your crockpot to high and cook for 8-10 hours.
  • When done cooking, drain most of the liquid out and shred the pork with 2 forks. Mix in about half of the bottle of your bbq sauce and serve on buns or thick sliced bread.
    Top off with extra sauce and the coleslaw mix. Enjoy!


Nutritional values and serving size are estimates.


Serving: 12gCalories: 22kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 0.4gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 0.1mgSodium: 3mgPotassium: 48mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 130IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 2mg
Keyword bbq, crockpot, instant pot, pulled pork, slow cooker
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4 responses to “The BEST Slow Cooker Pulled Pork”

  1. […] 2-Pound Bread Machine- This recipe makes a very large amount of dough. Unbaked, it rises up to the lid. I have made the recipe several times and the weight ranges from 1009 grams-1015 grams. By using the dough cycle and without baking in the machine, I can maximize the amount of dough made in one batch. Such a big amount of dough gives me one large loaf or other variations such as a smaller loaf with rolls & buns. Potato Bread Buns pair perfectly with my Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches. […]

  2. This looks delicious. This I will have to try. I love using the slow cooker.

    1. Same here. To be honest, I’ve even traveled with mine. Sometimes you just can’t beat a home cooked meal.

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