Easy Pulled Pork in Crock Pot recipe


Smoky Pulled Pork Crock Pot recipe


I love blogging about food. All kinds of food. Those I have discovered now, or those I have been eating since childhood.

Coming from India, I grew up with lots of food restrictions. Beef is the main one, but pork followed close enough. In some very conservative kitchens, like that of my grandparents, even chicken was banned. The only meat allowed in those kitchen was goat meat, duck meat, pigeon meat, and fish.

Every generation has bent some rules. Some have kept up with the broken rules. For example, almost ALL kitchens now-a-days welcome a chicken recipe while others have gone back to tradition and even added some of their own – like those who have gone totally vegetarian. They object to even cooking in utensils that has been ‘contaminated’ with meat, even eggs. Go figure.

We have broken some rules too. Eating pork is one of them.

Growing up, my Dad had a very wide outlook. Baba let us explore a lot of things, food being one of them. Oh, he did introduce us to some nasty food and forced us to eat it ( like we would never get to that delicious goat meat course unless we cleared up the awful bitter melon serving ) but other than that, he was a great food enthusiast and never shied away from trying something new. My Ma wouldn’t allow pork in the house, but my best friend’s Mom made absolutely amazing ham sandwiches. My introduction to pork came from there. My Dad was very open-minded about it, so my Ma wasn’t too tough on me either, though she did disapprove.

As luck would have it, I got married to a terrific guy who broke ALL rules when it came to food. Still does, has no qualms about eating any meat, as long as it’s legal and not a reptile – he draws a line there. I never developed much taste for any meat other than chicken and goat, but I still like an occasional ham sandwich and make an exception for bacon and ribs. However, I like to cook for my men. And they love Pulled pork.


Pulled Pork awesome


It took me a while to develop a recipe. My initial experiments were not too good – it somehow never tasted the way it should, or so I was told. Because I don’t eat it myself, it was difficult for me to get it right, as I didn’t know what to compare it with. Fortunately Mr L8H is a great food taster, so it wasn’t long before I did get it right.

Juicy, tender and so easy to cook that it bothers me to call it cooking at all. More like dump it, forget it, remember and eat it sort. Almost.


Crock Pot of course! Everyone should have one of these in their kitchen. It’s one of the best kitchen equipment ever discovered. All I did was put together a bunch of stuff, put it in there and let it cook for 6 hours. Then I threw away the juice, mixed some sauces, let it cook for another couple. Done. If that isn’t easy, I don’t know what is.

Recently, I had an old and a dear friend over who I was seeing after a long time. Her boys used to be young and got along famously with mine. Now all the kids are pre-teens and teens barring my younger one, and while once feeding them was an issue because they wouldn’t eat, now it’s an issue because they wouldn’t stop once they start. So I had to think of something that would fill their young tummies while satisfying their taste buds too, and not be that much of a work for me either. What better than pulled pork sliders?

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Easy Smokey Pulled Pork in Crock Pot recipe
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Serves: 6-8
Juicy and tender pulled pork cooked with no sweat
  • 4 lbs pork butt
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 2 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tbsp molasses (you can sub with ½ cup brown sugar)
  • ½ cup tomato ketchup
  • ½ cup Smoky BBQ sauce
  • 6 tsp Wright Liquid Smoke
  • salt
  1. Mix all the ingredients together except for the ketchup and BBQ sauce. Rub the meat nicely all over. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 8 hours or so.
  1. Coat the crock pot with oil spray.
  2. Put the meat in crock pot. You do not need to add any water or any other liquid.
  3. Cook for 6 hours.
  4. Throw out the juices.
  5. Using a fork, shred the meat evenly.
  6. Mix the BBQ sauce and tomato ketchup.
  7. Add 1 tsp of Liquid Smoke if you want more smokey flavor.
  8. Cook for 2 more hours.
  9. Spoon into slider buns, mess it up with some more BBQ sauce and serve.

So tell me, do you have any tricks up your sleeves for feeding hungry kids in large numbers?

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29 comments for “Easy Pulled Pork in Crock Pot recipe

  1. July 27, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    there are kitchens where beef, pork are forbidden and then there are TOWNS where beef, pork are virtually banned, and i live in one such town.

    sounds like a cool and hassle free recipe. by the way, if you get to chance to visit Coorg (Karnataka), try the pork masala which they prepare; celestial 🙂

    • July 27, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      Oh yes…..I completely forgot about that. Yes, I know a few of those. But I guess you being now a total vegetarian, it doesn’t bother you much. Coorg recipes are always to die for……phenomenal. I have never tried the pork recipe, but I have had goat meat. I can NEVER recreate the magic.

  2. July 28, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    I love pulled pork whether it’s as a meal with potato salad, bbq beans and cole slow or in a sandwich with cole slaw or even stuffed in a baked potato and then covered with cheese and baked til melty. 🙂 Love this!
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    • July 28, 2012 at 12:01 PM

      Stuffed in baked potato…wow, that’s new one. I must try it.

  3. July 28, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    This looks very yummy Minnie! My husband is from the South and lived most of his teens in North Carolina…where they make some of the best, world renowned pulled-pork! We had our wedding in North Carolina, so we just had to include pulled pork on the menu – everyone who flew in from Canada was amazed at this dish. Your recipe looks super tasty and I’m sure would rival some of the best of the South 😉 I’ll bookmark this one for my hubby xo
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    • July 28, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      Thank you so much Emily! I LOVE Southern spices, and struggle to recreate them. Thank you so much for stopping by :))

  4. July 28, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    I love pulled pork too and yours looks really good. I do a low fat one in the pressure cooker and it disappears in a flash around here 🙂

    • July 28, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      You know Lorriane, it’s interesting you mentioned this. I was going to try that next. I have a feeling that it might actually be a great option, though I do like the slow cooking part, more so because I can serve in it too. But I will try the pressure cooker one, thanks so much!

  5. July 28, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    I loved reading about your family and it’s history with food. It’s so very interesting to me. Only in the last few months did I start learning about some of the things you mentioned of those who were born and raised in India…a good friend of ours explained a lot that I didn’t know…like how beef is one of the main things that is not eaten. Anyway…I hope you keep sharing these food memories. And your pulled pork sounds yummy. I was just thinking yesterday that I should cook a roast for sandwiches (something we haven’t done in quite a while).
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    • July 28, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      Thank you Brandie! It’s amazing how differently each of us has experienced the food journey in our life. Thank you so much for stopping by.

  6. July 29, 2012 at 7:04 AM

    Your pulled pork looks so good Minnie and it was really interesting to read about how you grew up xx
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    • July 30, 2012 at 8:27 AM

      Thanks so much Charlie!

  7. Pam
    July 29, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    I love pulled pork… it looks wonderful.
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    • July 30, 2012 at 8:28 AM

      Thanks Pam :))

  8. July 30, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    The crockpot comes in so handy…especially when making lots of meat like this. My whole family would love your sliders.

    When feeding a hoard of hungry teens (I already have four of my own, so when they have friends over it’s a big group)I usually rely on homemade pizza and lots of cookies.

    • July 30, 2012 at 8:28 AM

      That’s a good one Kristen….cookies…..I think I am going to go for it in my next big hungry teen episode. Thanks so much!

  9. July 30, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    I used to use a crock pot a long time ago, but then the food all started tasting the same. But, I never did use the pot just for cooking a chunk of meat. That sound like a great idea!
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    • July 30, 2012 at 8:30 AM

      Thanks so much Mireya! As long as you add different seasoning, it works. I cook some vegetable dishes which comes out like million dollars. I avoid using boiling method, and that I think makes the difference.

  10. July 30, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    A good crock pot can change your life 🙂
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    • July 30, 2012 at 5:36 PM

      Yup! Agree.

  11. July 30, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    love crock pot recipes, this looks delicious!
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    • July 30, 2012 at 5:36 PM

      Thank you Jen and Seth :)) Thank you for stopping by.

  12. August 3, 2012 at 6:03 AM

    I love pulled pork burgers and my kids? They are crazy about these. Crock pot recipes are just wonderful and I have tried quite a few now. Loved your post!

    • August 5, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      Thanks so much for stopping by Purabi! I totally agree 🙂

  13. August 15, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Oh my god…I need you here!!!

    • August 15, 2012 at 10:50 PM

      Will be there :)) Soon 😀

    • August 18, 2012 at 12:45 AM

      Thanks for recreating the recipe! I am so happy you and your kids liked it so much.

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