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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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. ellen |

      This is an AWESOME and incredibly easy recipe. Made it last night, The pork fell apart and my husband and son were already picking tastes. I think this will be a favorite ~

    2. Carolyne |

      This was an easy recipe to make, put it in the crockpot before I went to work, the meat fell apart really easy, and it is very tasty. My whole family loved the taste. This is going to be my go to recipe from now on.

    3. Val |

      I love this recipe! The meat is so tasty and falls apart so easily…like butter in a mouth :) Sometimes the simpler, the better…and also the healthier! :)

      I also tried it without the honey and adding rosemary and bay leaves, for a little twist. Not bad :)

    4. Emily |

      so you don’t need any liquid? it doesn’t turn out dry that way? looking to make this for a 4th of july party & worried i might make it wrong!

      • Samantha |

        I just put mine in the crockpot now…It is a double recipe and it was a quite a bit of liquid with the vinegar (doubled though) It will be great! The vinegar helps to pull the meat apart. I don’t recall how that process works but it does! I’ve made similar recipes before and it is always tender and juicy!

        • Emily |

          awesome! thank you! i’m also doubling the recipe – got a 8 lb butt – can’t wait!!

          • Taylor |

            Hi. I am doubling the recipe with 8 pounds as well… I am actually using 2 crock pots…and doubling it twice… 8 pounds in one and 8 pounds in the other…My question is did you double the dry ingredients as well? I have been reading online that you should half them…so confused and feel like just doubling everything will work??? I also read with large cuts of meat to brown the edges…did you do this step? Happy 4th of July …I am feeding 30!

    5. Nancy |

      My husband is seriously allergic to bees and honey makes him break out; what would you suggest as an alternative sweetener? I’d appreciate your suggestions as a lot of your recipes use honey. Thanks!

      • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

        We would sub with maple syrup.

        • Nancy |

          Thanks for the quick reply; I will try maple syrup!

    6. Debbie |

      Is there a way to slow cook in the oven with same result?

      • Sharon |

        Have done this overnight in a roaster 225 for 11 hrs then increased to 300 for 3 hrs with 20# of meat

      • Sharon |

        Have done this overnight in a roaster 225 for 11 hrs then increased to 300 for 3 hrs with 20# of meat. Added 1 cup of apple juice, 1/c cup of apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar and 1 T liquid smoke. (Adaptation of Paula Deen recipe). Made this for a large group for my son’s rehearsal dinner. Froze easily including the sauce which was used to moisten it when reheating.

    7. Sharon |

      forgot to mention that I added 1 cup of apple juice, 1/c apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar and 1T liquid smoke

    8. Donna |

      Thank you for a recipe that does not include “a bottle of bbq sauce” and other processed ingredients. Sounds delicious and I cannot wait to make it tomorrow for the kids.

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