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. Jessica |

      I do not have red wine vinegar, would apple cider vinegar work?

      • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

        Hello Jessica. Yes, other readers have.

    2. Moritz |

      First meal an my new slow cooker and it was awesome… just thinking about the leftovers makes my belly happy.

    3. julie |

      has anyone done this in high for less time? I’m on a time crunch.

    4. Laura |

      Thank you for this wonderful recipe. It is a family favorite and popular with our friends at potlucks.

      If you are on a time crunch, I have done it on high for 4 hours and it tasted great.


    5. Melissa Jordan |

      This recipe was soooo good and loved by the kids which is a tough task. Thanks for posting this!!!

    6. Linda |

      Hi, I want to make this recipe for my monthly FOP meeting, (police). I want to make enough to serve about 30 people. Can I cook all the pork at once if I triple the recipe? I have the oval Crock Pot Slow Cooker. Thank you!

    7. Cory |

      No broth or water needed?

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