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Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

August 17, 2016 (Last Updated: May 25, 2019)

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Make delicious BBQ Pulled Pork right in your crock pot!

A dish full of pulled pork smothered in barbecue sauce.

There’s nothing better than a great BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich except….perhaps a Crock Pot Pulled Pork sandwich!

There’s something so wonderful about a crock pot. I love throwing something in the crock pot in the morning and coming home in the evening to a house full of delicious smells and dinner almost ready.

It’s a little like having an at home cook….except none of the dishes get washed while I am away!

Shredded Pork made in the crock pot makes a perfect BBQ pulled pork sandwich.

For this pulled pork, I put a pork roast into the crock pot and added a bit of liquid. I usually add beer, but I’ve also used apple juice or when my cupboards are bare, I’ve added water.

The pork will produce a lot of its own liquid as it cooks, but I like to add a little extra so it doesn’t dry out at the beginning.

A bun pilled high with pulled pork made in the crock pot. Barbecue sauce is poured over the pork.

Steps for making Crock Pot Pulled Pork

  • Use a 3-4 pound pork roast. The only real requirement on size is making certain it will fit in your crock pot. Otherwise, you can go slightly smaller or slightly larger in size.
  • Place in crock pot
  • Pour liquid over pork roast – you can use beer, apple juice or water
  • Cook for 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high
  • Test pork with a fork. Pork should break apart in chunks
  • Remove pork from crock pot, allow to cool slightly
  • When cool enough to handle, use two forks to pull pork into strands.
  • Remove any fat or bone from pork
  • Remove liquid from crock pot
  • Return shredded pork to crock pot
  • Add barbecue sauce
  • Cover and cook on high until heated through

Once the pork is fork tender, I remove the roast and shred the pork with two forks. Then I simply get rid of the excess liquid in the crock pot, throw the pulled pork back in and add BBQ sauce and wait till it’s hot! Then serve on hamburger buns.

Can I freeze pulled pork?

Yes, you can freeze pulled pork. You can freeze the pork before you’ve added the sauce or after the sauce has been added. Just make certain is fully cooled prior to freezing.

What kind of BBQ sauce do I use?

You can use any kind of BBQ sauce.  I like to use my homemade version of BBQ Sauce.

What type of side dishes go with pulled pork?

I like to serve these with a couscous salad or a Greek saladChocolate Chocolate Chip cookies  or Oatmeal Cranberry cookies would be a perfect dessert too!


Make pulled pork in your crock pot. Add barbecue sauce and you have a delicious pulled pork sandwich. Perfect for large crowds or when you need an easy dinner on a busy weeknight. #pulledpork #crockpot


5 from 2 votes
Crock pot BBQ Pulled Pork
Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 10 mins

BBQ pulled pork made easier in the crock pot. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pulled pork, pulled pork crock pot, pulled pork slow cooker, pulled pork with BBQ sauce
Servings: 15 people
Calories: 224 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 3-4 pound pork roast
  • 1 cup of liquid beer, apple juice or water
  • 3-4 cups BBQ sauce
  1. Place pork in a crock pot.
  2. Pour liquid into pot
  3. Put lid on and turn on crock pot to low. Cook for 6-8 hours,
  4. Pork is done when a you can insert a fork and the meat pulls apart easily.
  5. Remove pork from crock pot onto a large baking sheet.
  6. Allow to cool slightly so you can handle it. Use two forks to pull meat apart into long strands.
  7. Remove any fat or bone
  8. Remove all liquid from crock pot.
  9. Add pulled pork back into pot.
  10. Add BBQ sauce and stir.
  11. Turn crock pot to high for 45-60 minutes until pork and sauce are hot.
  12. Serve on a hamburger bun.
Recipe Notes

Pork can be cooked on high for 4 hours.
Pulled pork and BBQ sauce can also be heated on the stove in a sauce pan.
Pulled pork can be frozen with or without sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork
Amount Per Serving
Calories 224 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 632mg27%
Potassium 476mg14%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 130IU3%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Reply
    October 29, 2019 at 3:30 am

    5 stars
    One of my favorite go=to meals. The crockpot does all the work, and I have a delicious dinner. I keep coming back to this recipe again and again!

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    August 18, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    I love my crockpot too! I always feel so accomplished when I get dinner going in the crock first thing! This pulled pork sounds wonderful!

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      August 20, 2016 at 6:52 am

      I agree! You get it started and out of the way first thing in the morning.

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    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    August 18, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Indeed crockpot meals are awesome, Kathy. This pulled pork looks fantastic, and that sandwich is making me drool. YUM!

    • Reply
      August 20, 2016 at 6:57 am

      The crock pot makes getting dinner on the table so easy!

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    Laura @ Raise Your Garden
    August 18, 2016 at 4:35 am

    I don’t think you’d even speak to me anymore if you knew how much pulled pork I eat! It’s up t 3 pounds of week. I love the stuff and we usually go out for it, we’d ordered 4 pounds of it for our 10th anniversary and ate it all in 2 days flat!!! But at $14 a pound, I need to make it instead. Will be trying this!

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      August 20, 2016 at 7:04 am

      Laura, I think this pulled pork recipe is for you! You could make a huge batch and always have some on hand!

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    David @ Spiced
    August 18, 2016 at 4:21 am

    Pulled pork is near and dear to my heart, Kathy! I love it! In fact, I think I’m gonna have a guys night tomorrow…and pulled pork is on the menu. (We always keep some in the freezer for easy meals.) Thanks for sharing your crockpot version…I need to try the beer idea! (Of course, I’ll have to try not to drink it first…hah!)

    • Reply
      August 20, 2016 at 7:07 am

      You never use a full beer….always some left for sampling 🙂

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    August 17, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    5 stars
    This looks so delicious. Bookmarked!

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      August 20, 2016 at 8:25 am


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    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    August 17, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    I will never turn away an easy crock-pot recipe, especially a BBQ pulled pork one! So delicious Kathy and definitely trying very soon.

    • Reply
      August 20, 2016 at 8:29 am

      I really need to use my crock pot more often. It makes life so much easier.

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    August 17, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Crock pot anything rocks the house! The convenience is just the best! This bbq pulled pork looks absolutely delish, Kathy! And if I could reach through my screen, I’d steal that sammie from you!! 😉 cheers, friend!

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      August 20, 2016 at 8:31 am

      It was a delicious sammie….full of tangy sauce and pulled pork!

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    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    August 17, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    This looks great! Regarding BBQ sauce, I’ve tried making my own at home (using similar ingredients to yours), but I never can make it taste as good as the sauce sold by Trader Joe’s- maybe I should keep on trying!

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      August 20, 2016 at 8:50 am

      Give it a try 🙂

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    August 17, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Gimme dat sandwich Kathy!! My husband and I would be fighting over that one! And I love that you made it in the crockpot!

    • Reply
      August 20, 2016 at 8:53 am

      Luckily, this makes a huge amount so no fighting needed! You can each have your own 🙂

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    August 17, 2016 at 7:56 am

    My husband will love this.Thanks so much, Kathy!!

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      August 20, 2016 at 8:56 am

      I hope he does love it! 🙂

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    Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
    August 17, 2016 at 6:08 am

    I love pork in the slow cooker! It’s the absolute best! Nothing like coming home to a meal all cooked and ready to go and only one pot to clean 🙂 This looks fantastic, Kathy!

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      August 20, 2016 at 8:58 am

      It smells so great when I enter the house and dinner is all ready!

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