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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Barbecue

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Serves 8-10 | Prep Time 15 | Cook Time 9 hrs

Why I Love This Recipe

You can use your favorite bottled barbecue sauce or your own homemade sauce.

If the barbecue sauce is very thick, add a bit of water just before the pork is ready.

Ingredients You'll Need

4 pounds pork roast (boneless pork shoulder, fresh picnic, or Boston butt)
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 cups water
1 (16-ounce) bottle barbecue sauce
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
2 drops liquid smoke, optional
3 to 4 whole cloves, optional


Place 1 sliced onion at the bottom of the slow cooker.
Stud the pork roast with cloves (or put them in a small cheesecloth bag or tea strainer), if using. Season with salt and pepper.
Place the pork in the slow cooker on top of the sliced onion. Cover with the second sliced onion and add 2 cups of water.
Cover and cook on low 9 to 12 hours, or until the pork is very tender and falling apart.

Remove the pork roast from the pot. Remove and discard the cloves and excess fat and liquids along with bones if the roast was not boneless. You may also discard the sliced onions, if desired.
When the pork roast is cool enough to handle, use a fork or your fingers to pull it apart until the entire roast is shredded.
Serve the pulled pork on large, crusty buns with your favorite barbecue sauce. Garnish with dill pickles, thinly sliced raw onion, and pickled banana peppers. Serve with crisp, homemade slaw, either piled on the pork sandwiches or on the side.
If you are in a hurry, you can cook the pork roast on high for 4 to 6 hours. Or cook it in a fraction of the time in an Instant Pot pressure cooker.

Pairs Well With

Baked Beans, potato salad & slaw

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