Prep Time
10 Mins
Cook Time
9 Hours
6 Servings

This slow-cooker pulled pork recipe makes budget-friendly homemade barbecue a breeze! 7 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time are all you need to get this dish cooking for dinnertime. For delicious barbecue sandwiches, add honey, barbecue sauce, mustard, and soy sauce to the slow cooker when the meat is done and cook for an additional hour on low. Serve on hamburger buns with a side of baked beans, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, and cornbread for the ultimate Southern plate.

How to Make It

Step 1

Trim pork of any excess fat. Scatter onion over bottom of slow cooker and place pork on top. Add broth, cover and cook on low until very tender, about 8 hours. Remove meat and let cool.

Step 2

When cool enough to handle, pull meat into thin shreds, removing all fat and gristle. Skim excess fat from liquid in slow cooker.

Step 3

Return pulled pork to slow cooker and stir in barbecue sauce, mustard, honey and soy sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 1 hour longer on low. If desired, serve with hamburger buns and sides of pinto beans, corn, tomatoes and coleslaw.

Ratings & Reviews

Don't throw out the cooking juice!

February 11, 2016
DO strain the cooking liquid, and add back the onions and pork bits to the slow cooker. But don't discard this delicious liquid. Instead, reduce it to a syrup over medium heat, and add to the pulled pork with the BBQ sauce, mustard and honey. Cook for another hour or so to meld the flavors. FIVE STARS topped with cole slaw on soft buns!

Erica777's Review

November 10, 2009
This turned out beautifully! I used a 5lb piece of pork shoulder, though, so I added a bit more chicken broth which I might not do next time. Didn't really need the extra liquid. Did add extra sauce since more meat than recipe called for. The addition of the mustard, honey, and soy really upped the flavor, so don't skip that no matter how good you think your sauce is. This was absolutely delicious on a roll with cole slaw on top. Yum! Super easy, too!

So Yummy!

May 19, 2016
I have never made my own pulled pork from scratch before.  I was looking for a simple recipe that I could make during the work-week in my slow cooker.  This recipe looked fairly easy with a short ingredient list.  I bought a bone-in pork shoulder, a little over 4 lbs.  I used a yellow onion because that's what I had on hand, and Sweet Baby Rays 'golden mustard' BBQ sauce, and spicy brown mustard to give it some zip.  I got a late start, so I let it cook on high for about 5 - 6 hours.  Once the pork was tender, I shredded it and put back in the crock pot on low for another hour or so. I followed others' advice and saved the cooking liquid, reduced it slightly and added it back to the pot with the remaining ingredients.  It had delicious flavor, but was a little soupy.  Next time I will reduce the liquid even further, or maybe cut it by half.  Otherwise, it was delicious!  I served it on Hawaiian sweet rolls topped with coleslaw, and it was amazing!  My SO loved it too, he kept eating forkfuls of meat directly from the pot.  I will definitely be making this recipe again.  If I knew it was that easy to make pulled pork, I would have tried it years ago!  And I'm already thinking of ways to experiment with this recipe.  It would be awesome with a sweet-smoky BBQ, topped with fresh jalapenos.  Or maybe served on a baked potato topped with red onions, cilantro and shredded cheese.  BBQ pork nachos?? Yes, please!!  The possibilities are endless.  Happy eating!

dogdokken's Review

November 05, 2012
Simply excellent. I'll concur with the others, DRAIN excess liquid before adding in the sauces. I've made a few tweaks which have really made this a tasty meal to the highest order. The tweaks involve: applying a rub before cooking, using Inglehoffer Sweet Hot Pepper mustard and (hey, it works) a few drops of liquid smoke! I've made pulled pork on the smoker many, many times ... but honestly, this recipe trumps the smoker.


July 05, 2015
Cannot rate this recipe 10 stars so 5 will have to do. Had a 4th of July party yesterday and cooked 4 batches of this, about 10kg worth of pork so just scaled the measurements up accordingly. Was an absolute winner and went down a dream, so thank you! I wanted to claim the recipe as my own :) but I just couldn't do it and most of the guests will be visiting this recipe page soon!! Visit my blog some time

Kentucky (kfc)

December 13, 2015
OMG this was the best pulled pork i ever had. I made it for my Bon-Fire party in honor of my belated husband. One of my friends who attended is a chief and he commented highly on how great it was. That is the highest complement one can receive. I changed it up a bit also. I rubbed thr pork with pepper and smoked salt cooked in crock for 12 hrs. I did triple the recipe. 5 stars

Husband loved it!!!!!!!

December 23, 2015
Best pulled pork recipe yet!!!

Best pulled pork!

January 14, 2016
Seriously so good and so easy, had everything I needed at home!! Definitely a hit with my family! Thank you!

Great Recipe

February 07, 2016
I had never made pulled pork before. i followed this recipe and it came out great! I used Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Hickory Barbecue sauce.  It came out a little too sweet for my liking so I added a bunch of cayenne pepper to balance out the sweetness with some heat.  It was great. I will definitely make it again.

Excellent !!

February 08, 2016
I had a pork tenderloin on hand and just didn't feel like tossing it on the grill for Superbowl.  Pretty much followed your recipe as written, though added a good TBS of red pepper flake because we like things on the zippy side. Used Sweet Baby Rays Original sauce and it was just excellent!!  A tip I read for a different BBQ recipe said to lightly butter the buns and toss them on a hot skillet to toast for a minute.  Adds a nice layer of flavor and also firms them up just a touch to hold the meat.  Wife likes to top with pickles, sweet/hot mustard, chopped onion, cheese, etc.  Great recipe for doing a sandwich bar.......  just put out an assortment of toppings and let people dress them up to their liking.  Going in the recipe book !!  Thanks