Easy Slow-Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe

 The Incredible Pulled Pork BBQ Sauce Recipe can be found here: http://www.sogoodblog.com/2014/04/20/incredible-pulled-pork-bbq-sauce-recipe-authentic-fresh/

It is too cold outside to barbecue! And even if it wasn’t, using a slow cooker makes this recipe easy any time of the year. Growing up in Texas the barbecue table is mostly made up of brisket. Some of my more strict family members would be appalled if they knew I liked pulled pork better! If you are a true pulled pork lover like me then you like all styles of the bbq sauce on your tender meat.

 I use a pork loin in this recipe instead of pulled pork because I usually have one in the freezer. I enjoy the ‘white-meat’ flavor that pork loin has; it also doesn’t take as long to get tender (hence the name tenderloin!). You can use the same amount of pork shoulder meat if you would like, but you should cook it for a few hours longer. This dish may be exploding with home-cooked barbecue flavor, but it is also healthier than regular pulled pork. By using a pork loin instead of a pork shoulder (sometimes called pork butt), you reduce your calorie intake by about 25%.


To compare, pork loin is closer to boneless, skinless chicken breast in calorie content. By using agave nectar this recipe can also fit into the low-glycemic index category. Agave nectar has a great caramel flavor and is easier for our body to digest than conventional sugars. You can replace agave with honey or corn syrup if you do not have it on hand.


Easy Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe
Yields 8
If you are a true pulled pork lover like me then you like all styles of the bbq sauce on your tender meat. In Kansas city they like their sauce sweet and in Texas they like it spicy. The sauce recipe below is a little sweet and mustardy, how they like it in South Carolina, feel free to make it sweeter by adding sugar or tangier by adding more vinegar.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 15 min
  1. 1 (3-pound) boneless pork loin
  2. 2 teaspoons salt
  3. 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  4. Awesome-Sauce BBQ Sauce (see sauce recipe)
  1. Preheat oven to broil.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with foil.
  3. Cut pork shoulder into 3 large pieces and place onto prepared baking sheet.
  4. Sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper.
  5. Place pork under broiler and cook 15 minutes, or until very brown.
  6. Place pork into slow cooker and pour Awesome-Sauce BBQ Sauce (recipe below) over.
  7. Turn slow cooker to HIGH and cook 3 hours or until pork can be cut with a spoon.
  8. Using 2 forks shred the pork into small pieces.
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Try out a spin on this recipe with the pulled pork crock pot recipe – you’ll love it as much as this slow-cooker one!

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I am an experienced caterer and writer who found my passion in food styling and recipe development. In my free time I enjoy tasting new wines, chasing around Loki, my giant German shepherd puppy, and singing karaoke amongst Atlanta locals. I pride myself on not only delivering pristine recipes, photos, and articles but also in maintaining a friendly and upbeat attitude! You can see my articles, recipes, and/or photos in issues of the San Francisco Chronicle, Cooking Light magazine, Cooking with Paula Deen magazine, Celebrate magazine, assorted Culinary Institute of America textbooks, cookbooks, and curriculum, and other various independent publications. Alumna of The Culinary Institute of America
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6 Responses

  1. divaGG

    Hi there. I’m wondering if you used pork loin or pork tenderloin as while slight, there is a difference between the two. Thanks.

  2. bay

    This was PERFECT. I googled how to make pulled pork with pork loin and chose this recipe. I’m so glad I did. This will be my go to pulled pork recipe here on out. 5 stars.


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