When it comes to easy recipes, it doesn't get much easier than my Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork recipe. This recipe is crazy easy! You just set it and forget it until the meat is literally so tender it falls apart!
The sweet and tangy flavor of the BBQ pork is so tempting, you are sure to be snacking on this every chance you get! We love to pile this pulled pork on sandwich buns and top it with a generous helping of my Best Ever Coleslaw, but it's so versatile, you are only limited by your imagination when it comes to enjoying it.
Recipe Prep Tips
- Use Smithfield All Natural Fresh Pork Shoulder Picnic. It is naturally tender and juicy, versatile, and easy to work with too.
- The pork cooks for about 8 hours in the slow cooker, so be sure to toss it in the slow cooker early in the day, season it, and pour in a 12 ounce can of your favorite root beer. It will only take you about 5 minutes to get this going and then you put the lid on the slow cooker, set it on low, and forget it until the pork shreds easily.
- About 8 hours later, the pork should shred easily. Shred the pork and pour in a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce. I use a sweet and spicy sauce.
- Give it a taste and add more salt and pepper as needed. I also like to mix in some cilantro, but if you aren't sure everyone is going to like the cilantro, I recommend serving it on the side as a topping.
- 1 Smithfield All Natural Fresh Pork Shoulder Picnic roast
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 12 oz can of your favorite root beer
- 12 ounce bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce
- Freshly chopped parsley
- Season the pork with 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, and 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder. Place the pork in the slow cooker. Pour in one can of your favorite root beer, cover the slow cooker with the lid, and set it on LOW for 8-10 hours or until the pork shreds easily with a fork. It will be very tender.
- When you are ready to eat, drain off the liquid and shred the pork with two forks. Pour in a 12 ounce bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce. Use as much or as little as you like. Stir it to coat the pork with the barbecue sauce. Give it a taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve with freshly chopped cilantro if you like and enjoy!
Prep Time: 5 mins.
Total time: 8 hrs. 5 mins.
Note: If you love your pork medium rare, you should cook it to an internal temperature of 145 degrees (followed by a three-minute rest). If you like your pork a little more done, you can cook them to an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
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