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Smokey Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Smokey Slow Cooker Pulled Pork gives you all the flavor of an outdoor smoker in a fraction of the time with this easy recipe.

A heaping pile of pulled pork in a white bowl garnished with fresh parsley, elephant S/P shakers in the background

Pulled pork is one of those “easy” dishes for me to make.

Throw a pork roast in some liquid with spices, cook it all day, makes some sauce, mix, and eat.

Whenever I need to serve a lot of people, or even it’s just the two of us, this is one of my go-to meals. Especially when I don’t want to think about cooking or want take-out. 

I confess I make this a lot in the winter.  Food on buns is reminiscent of summer, but where I live, winter lasts about 9 months, so making this is my homage to the warm summer days I long for, even though I’m sitting inside while the snow falls around me.

Red plate of two buns filled with pulled pork.
A white bowl of smokey slow cooker pulled pork garnished with fresh parsley; white elephant salt and pepper shakers in the background.
A red plate with homemade potato wedges and a bun filled with pulled pork.
Red plate with two buns filled with smokey slow cooker pulled pork

Smokey Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smokey Pulled Pork
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 234 kcal
Author: Michelle De La Cerda

Smokey Slow Cooker Pulled Pork gives you all the flavor of an outdoor smoker in a fraction of the time with this easy recipe.



  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • lb pork roast (2½-3 lbs.)
  • ½ tsp black pepper divided
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp granulated garlic divided
  • ½ tbsp granulated chicken bouillon
  • ½ cup hot water
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika

Optional for Serving

  • Tangy BBQ sauce (prepared or homemade)
  • Hamburger Buns


  1. Heat the skillet/frying pan over medium high heat

  2. Add the oil.

  3. Pat the roast dry, season with ¼ teaspoons each of salt, pepper, and granulated garlic

  4. Sear each side of the roast until brown, about 5 minutes; transfer to the slow cooker.

  5. In a large bowl, combine all the remaining ingredients, whisk until combined.

  6. Pour the spiced liquid over the roast in the slow cooker, place the lid.

  7. Cook on low 6, up to 8 hours.

  8. Once done, allow to rest for at least 5 minutes, then shred.

  9. If not serving immediately, replace the shredded meat to the slow cooker with the liquid and place on keep warm.

  10. Serve with optional barbecue sauce on buns.

Nutrition Facts
Smokey Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Amount Per Serving
Calories 234 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 89mg30%
Sodium 219mg10%
Potassium 561mg16%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 62IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post has been updated from its original 2/1/2014 publishing.

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  • Reply
    August 15, 2014 at 6:52 am

    oh my… I want to try it…. !!

  • Reply
    August 19, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Thank you Stéphanie. It is simple to make and downright pleasing. Hope you enjoy it.

  • Reply
    September 21, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    What kind of pork roast do you suggest?

    • Reply
      September 21, 2015 at 6:39 pm

      I have used all types…I am a “whatever is on sale” type girl, but shoulder or “butt” are my favorite.

  • Reply
    July 18, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    5 stars
    Tender and delicious!! The whole family enjoyed this fantastic recipe. Thank you!

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