This slow cooker pulled pork is a delicious recipe that is so easy to make. Just 5 simple ingredients, a crock pot, and you have a delicious family dinner and leftovers too!
Grab your favorite corn or gluten free flour tortillas...(they even make tortillas with Cassava flour now!) and make tacos or burritos with this flavorful pulled pork.
If you love pork, you will want to check out these delicious gluten free pork recipes.
It is taco night in our house and this easy pulled pork is the best part!
Pork shoulder aka Boston butt...Our meat box CSA included an amazing pork shoulder this month. I love that we get so many different cuts of meat each month. Boston butt is the most common cut of meat to make pork shoulder.
There are a lot of delicious ways to prepare pork shoulder, but my very favorite is to cook it in a crockpot. Slow cooking this pork makes it tender and juicy. I kept this recipe simple so I could use the meat for several different recipe ideas.
This easy pulled pork recipe is always a hit in our house. I love the simplicity because I can just toss the ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning, turn it on, and then forget it for a few hours.
This is the best crockpot pulled pork recipe! It is perfect for a busy school night! Kids love this pork recipe. (Even my picky one!!) This pulled pork is Whole30, paleo, dairy-free, nut-free, and gluten free.
Taco toppings ideas:
You can top your tacos any way you like. Our tacos have fresh heirloom tomatoes, cheese, scallions, and fresh cilantro.
By dinner time, all I have to do is set out taco fixings. My kids love to make their own tacos. Mr. Fearless Dining has been trying to cut out some carbs, so he had his pulled pork on his salad Chipotle-style :-).
This meat is so versatile; there are so many ways to enjoy it. Tacos, fajitas, nachos, taquitos...so many fun ways to enjoy this. You can even spice it up with some jalapenos! And if you really want something different, slather it in BBQ sauce.
Other Ways To Serve:
You can make and eat this slow cooker pulled pork many different ways which I had mentioned you can use this recipe. Here are even more scrumptious ways to use the pulled pork:
- Sliders - Put some shredded pork on your favorite gluten free slider bread, and you will have a terrific lunch or dinner idea.
- Omelets - Adding pulled pork to your eggs and all the veggies you love like: mushrooms, onions, peppers, and anything else you want.
- Grilled Sandwich - Transform your pulled pork into amazing pork and grilled cheese sandwich! Use your favorite gluten free bread and cheese, and you will be hooked.
- Pasta - Add some shredded pork to your preferred pasta recipe to increase the protein and flavor!
- Chili or Baked Beans - Traditionally, people usually use ground beef, but you can turn it up a notch with some slow cooker pulled pork!
Can I overcook pork in the slow cooker?
It takes a while to overcook pulled pork in the slow cooker, but it can happen. Once the meat is done and can shred easily, start watching it. If the pork cooks too long, it can become slightly mushy and possibly dry out if there isn’t enough liquid.
How long is leftover shredded pork good for?
The flavor and texture of leftover shredded pork will be at its best if it is served within 3-4 days of being put in the refrigerator. You can also store the leftovers in the freezer for up to 6 months. Always use airtight containers when storing leftover food.
This slow cooker pulled pork is excellent if you do a lot of meal prepping because it lasts in the freezer great! When you are ready to serve, simply thaw and warm up in the oven or microwave.
Can I make pulled pork ahead of time?
Yes, this recipe is easy to make ahead of time. Depending on when you are serving, you can store it in the fridge or freezer. You can serve out of large electric roasting pans if you are feeding a crowd.
Can I cook this pork in the oven?
Yes, you can bake this pulled pork in the oven instead of using the slow cooker. A general rule of thumb for cooking pork shoulder in the oven is that you cook it for 45 minutes per pound of meat at 350 degrees F.
Once it shreds easily then it is ready to eat. Make sure to keep it moist, so it doesn’t dry out. The real key is cooking it low and slow, so it doesn’t become tough.
This pulled pork recipe is so delicious! Looking for more dinner ideas?
Here is a list of more dinners to get you started:
- Grilled Steak With Basil Garlic Sauce
- Sticky Asian Marinated Bake Chicken Drumsticks
- Gluten Free German Schnitzel With Potato Salad
- An awesome slow cooker. Dump in the ingredients and turn it on. It doesn't get any easier.
- Easy meat shredder. This saves so much time and shreds meat perfectly.
Easy 5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
- 2-3 pounds pork shoulder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 cups chicken broth (low sodium)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 teaspoons ground cumin
- In a crock pot, add pork shoulder.
- Sprinkle on half the spices, turn the meat over, then sprinkle the other half on this side of the meat.
- Pour in the chicken broth.
- Set heat to low to cook for 8 hours. If you need it cooked quicker, set temperature to high for the first 3 hours, then reduce the heat to low for 2 hours.
- Use two forks to shred the meat. Serve in tacos, fajitas, or even on nachos!
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(*Note, this recipe was updated from an older May 2017 post.)