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pulled pork in the crock pot
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Crock Pot Pulled Pork

This crock pot pulled pork is made with pork shoulder simmered in clean ingredients (no sodas or pre-packaged ingredients). Makes a great freezer crock pot recipe!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 217kcal


  • 13.5 oz can of tomato sauce 398 mL
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • cup apple cider vinegar
  • cup maple syrup
  • 2-3 lb pork shoulder (see *notes)


  • Combine all ingredients except the pork shoulder in the base of a 6 quart slow cooker. Stir until smooth.
  • Add the pork shoulder, turning to coat.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Transfer pork shoulder to a bowl. Remove visible globs of fat using tongs, then shred with two forks or an electric hand mixer.
  • Add cooking liquid to the pork as desired. If you like a saucy pulled pork, return to the slow cooker and toss in all of the cooking liquid.


  • Leftovers keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. They freeze well and can be kept for up to 3 months.

To make ahead and freeze

  • To convert this recipe into a freezer crock pot recipe, combine all ingredients in a sturdy gallon-sized freezer bag. Squeeze out air and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw completely before transferring to the slow cooker and cooking as directed above.



*I recommend a boneless pork butt, but bone-in works as well. I have also use a picnic roast, but prefer a pork butt as it is more uniform in size and easy to work with
**For added flavor, you can sear the pork shoulder before adding it to the slow cooker. To sear the pork shoulder, cook in a large skillet with a 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat, rotating as needed until all sides are browned.


Serving: 1/2 cup | Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 330mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 385IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1.1mg