texas barbecue pulled pork slow cooker

Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork

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5 hours 15 mins
Vadim Rachok
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Indulge in the mouth-watering goodness of this slow-cooked pulled pork recipe, where the meat is so tender and succulent that it falls apart at the slightest touch, and the rich flavors of the spices and seasonings linger on your taste buds long after the last bite. And the best part? This recipe is a breeze to make, so you can enjoy all the deliciousness without any hassle!

Get ready to elevate your slow cooker game with this incredible Texas-style pulled pork recipe! The combination of tender, flavorful meat and a rich, tangy barbecue sauce makes for an unbeatable flavor experience that will have everyone coming back for seconds. Plus, the convenience of using a slow cooker means you can set it and forget it, allowing you to go about your day while your kitchen fills with the irresistible aroma of slow-cooked goodness. Trust me, once you try this recipe, you'll never look back!

How to Make Pulled Pork

Making restaurant-quality pulled pork is easier than you think. The following recipe provides a comprehensive list of ingredients and clear instructions to follow.

Pulled Pork Ingredients

  • Oil: This recipe for pulled pork begins by adding a teaspoon of vegetable oil to the bottom of your slow cooker.
  • Pork: If your pork shoulder roast weighs more or less than four pounds, adjust the ingredient ratios and cooking time accordingly.
  • Sauces: To prepare your barbecue sauce, make sure you have bottled barbecue sauce, yellow mustard, and Worcestershire sauce on hand.
  • Apple cider vinegar:  Apple cider vinegar is a great addition to dishes as it adds a tangy brightness and helps cut through the richness of other flavors.
  • Broth: You have the option to use either store-bought or homemade chicken broth.
  • Brown sugar: Light brown sugar adds a warm and sweet flavor to dishes.
  • Seasonings: This delicious pork is seasoned with chili powder, garlic, and dried thyme.
  • Onion: Adding a chopped onion to the pork would enhance the flavor tremendously.
  • Buns and butter: If you’re planning on making pulled pork sandwiches, don’t forget to get some hamburger buns and butter them before serving.

texas pulled pork slow cooker

Which Cut of Meat for Pulled Pork?

This recipe calls for a pork shoulder roast because it’s affordable, easy to work with, and has a lot of marbling, resulting in tender pulled pork.

How to Make Pulled Pork In the Slow Cooker.

When using a Crock-Pot to make homemade pulled pork, expect tender and flavorful meat with minimal effort.

  1. Pour oil into the slow cooker, then place the roast on top of the oil.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the Crock-Pot.
  3. Cover and cook until the pork shreds easily.
  4. Shred the pork and combine with juices in the slow cooker.
  5. If you are preparing sandwiches, consider serving the pulled pork with buttered buns.

How Much Pulled Pork Per Person?

You’ll need approximately 1/3 to 1/2 pound of pork per person. This recipe serves about eight people and requires a 4-pound pork roast.

What to Serve With Pulled Pork

Looking for ideas for side dishes to serve with your pulled pork? Check out Our Best Barbecue Side Dishes collection, which includes recipes like:

  1. Baked Beans from Scratch
  2. Simple Macaroni and Cheese
  3. Traditional Creamy Coleslaw

What to Do With Leftover Pulled Pork

Do not waste your leftover pulled pork! Browse our collection of recipes for tasty ideas to use it up.

  1. Creamy Pulled Pork Soup
  2. Quick and Easy Pulled Pork Burritos
  3. Pulled Pork Nachos with Sriracha Slaw

How to Store Pulled Pork

After it has completely cooled, store the pulled pork in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. Pulled pork can be frozen for a maximum of six months.

How to Reheat Pulled Pork

To prevent the pulled pork from drying out, we suggest reheating it in the oven or slow cooker instead of the microwave. Don’t forget to save the juices so you can reheat them with the pork.

Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork
5/5 (1)
Author:Vadim Rachok
This slow-cooker Texas-style pulled pork recipe features an easy-to-make tangy barbecue sauce. Serve on toasted, buttered rolls for a crowd-pleasing meal.
texas barbecue pulled pork slow cooker
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs 15 mins
8 sandwiches
Ingredients you will need:
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 (4 pound) pork shoulder roast
1 cup barbeque sauce
½ cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup chicken broth
¼ cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 extra large onion, chopped
2 large cloves garlic, crushed
1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme
8 hamburger buns, split
2 tablespoons butter, or as needed
Let’s start !

1 To make pulled pork, start by pouring vegetable oil into the bottom of a slow cooker. Place the pork roast into the slow cooker, and pour in the barbeque sauce, vinegar, and chicken broth. Stir in the brown sugar, yellow mustard, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, onion, garlic, and thyme. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 10 to 12 hours, or on high heat for 5 to 6 hours, until the pork is tender and can be easily shredded with a fork.


2 Take the pork out of the slow cooker and use two forks to shred it. Put the shredded meat back into the slow cooker and mix well with the juices.


3 Spread butter on both halves of the hamburger buns. Toast them butter-side down in a skillet over medium heat until golden brown. Fill the toasted buns with pulled pork.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Calories: 528
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g30%
Saturated Fat 9g44%
Cholesterol 98mg33%
Sodium 803mg35%
Total Carbohydrate 46g17%
Dietary Fiber 3g9%
Total Sugars 17g 
Protein 32g 
Vitamin C 5mg26%
Calcium 119mg9%
Iron 3mg18%
Potassium 606mg13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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For maximum flavor infusion, consider marinating your pork shoulder roast overnight before slow cooking. Simply mix together your favorite barbecue sauce, a splash of apple cider vinegar, and your preferred seasonings, then coat the pork and let it marinate in the refrigerator overnight. This extra step will help the flavors penetrate the meat, resulting in even more mouthwatering pulled pork. Enjoy!

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