Recipe: The Best Pulled Pork in a Crock Pot!

This is some of the best pulled pork I’ve had in a long time (I’ve been working on perfecting this recipe for months!), and it also doesn’t include any highly processed ingredients like refined sugar, corn syrup, or ketchup.

My husband says it is so good that no BBQ sauce is necessary. Now, you know it’s good pulled pork when that happens. He would like me to pass on that he does like to dip it into a little hot sauce, although I for sure prefer mine with nothing added. Try it both ways and decide for yourself. Either way this is a great dish for serving (and pleasing!) a crowd.

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4.5 from 189 reviews
Pulled Pork in a Crock Pot
Serves: 6 - 8
  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut in half
  • 3 to 3 ½ pounds pork shoulder, cut in half
  1. In a medium size mixing bowl, mix together the first six ingredients (all of the spices) with a fork.
  2. Pour in the honey, vinegar, and olive oil and stir to form a paste.
  3. Place the onion in the bottom of the slow cooker. Top it with the 2 pieces of pork and then pour the honey paste over all sides of the pork pieces. It’s okay if some of it (or a lot of it) just drips down to the bottom.
  4. Turn the slow cooker on to low and cook for 7 to 8 hours or until the meat is tender enough to be easily shredded with a fork.
  5. Serve warm with fixings like homemade cole slaw and cornbread. My husband also likes his dipped in a little hot sauce. Refrigerate or freeze the leftovers.
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  • Comments

    1. |

      Fantastic!! Forgot the olive oil, till about 1/2 hrs before done, and added lime juice. Yuuuummmmy!! Thank you so much.

    2. Sarah |

      This is the second time I have made this recipe, and its still my favorite pulled pork! I’m eating them as nappa cabbage tacos with a greek yogurt slaw, wrapped in spring rolls, and then I’m going to try the frozen leftovers as my meat in some chili!

    3. Juliebragg |

      Greatest pulled pork but use minced garlic 1 tsp. and 1tsp. Molasses and 1/2 tsp. liquid smoke instead of thyme or cayenne pepper.

      • Juliebragg |

        You are a great cook! Julie Bragg

    4. Amber |

      This was so delicious and easy to make and I am picky with pulled pork! We will be making this a regular meal at our house.

    5. Chicagoavonlady |

      Ive made this twice and LOVED IT!!! Thank you! So good!

    6. Stefanie |

      Thanks for the share! Just made it & it was delicious.

    7. |

      I have made this twice now. Fantastic pulled pork recipe! I have a lot of liquid when the meat is done cooking so after I pull out the meat, I pour the liquid into a bowl and set aside. I shred the pork, put it back in the crockpot with some barbeque sauce and add just enough of the reserved liquid to make it perfectly moist. Best pulled pork recipe I have tried!

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