Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Pulled pork is a fantastic thing, I personally prefer a slow cooker pulled pork and this is my recipe. It is super simple and makes the perfect filling for a pulled pork sandwich.

Slow cooker pulled pork in a blue bowl with a pulled pork sandwich out of focus behind it

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork.

Pulled pork is a huge thing and this slow cooker pulled pork is my first foray into pulled meats.

The process is simple a super slow cooked piece of meat with a nice fat content which is then shredded.

It then can be used as a base on everything from sandwiches to pasta toppings.

Some pulled pork runs with a thick BBQ sauce in a similar vein to my Instant Pot BBQ Pork Sandwich.  

My slow cooker pulled pork instead relies on the delicious juices from the pork and the spices we add at the start.

This recipe is obscenely simple. It literally takes 5-10 minutes of your time to repair then you walk away and let the slow cooker do its job.

After that, you just have to shred to pork and you are done.

Close up square image of a pulled pork sandwich with slow cooker pulled pork in a bowl behind in a square bowl.

Pulled Pork Sandwich.

This slow cooker pulled pork recipe makes a load of delicious and magical pulled pork.

We usually freeze it up in batches and make a number of dishes from it.

Not least this delightful and fantastic pulled pork stack. It features layers of pork, mozzarella and tomato with a Parmesan crust…

But pulled meat really shines in a sandwich, just like my Instant Pot pulled beef sandwich.

For this pulled pork I again revert to pickles. they help cut through the richness of the pork.

A ciabatta style loaf is a perfect choice of bread as it allows the juices from the pork filled up all of those wonderful holes. But importantly it is also robust enough not to fall apart!

Slow cooker pulled pork in a sandwich with a bowl of pulled pork on the side

My Inspiration.

I have to pass out a huge thank you for this Slow cooker pulled pork recipe to the wonderful Mary at Goodie Godmother.

I have had pulled pork on my ‘to cook’ list for a very long time and I never got round to it.

Yes, I had never cooked or eaten pulled pork before I started playing around with Marys recipe. You see your American classics, rarely make it across the Atlantic.

So when I was perusing through Marys site and stumbled on her Georgia Style Slow Cooker Pulled Pork I had to give it a try.

Naturally, I have tinkered a little, let’s face it, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t.

I have changed some of the spices in the dry rub to reflect my local ingredients and tastes. As a result, this is a bit of Georgia pulled pork meets Hungarian pulled pork.

If this recipe has taught me anything it is to get a wriggle on when it comes to my ‘need to cook list’! Unfortunately, that list grows all the time…

Tall image of Slow cooker pulled pork in a sandwich with a bowl of pulled pork on the side
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes

Pulled pork is a fantastic thing, I personally prefer a slow cooker pulled pork and this is my recipe., simple and requiring just 10 minutes of your time before walking away and letting the crock pot take the strain.


  • 2 kg Pork Shoulder
  • 2 Tbsp Cider Apple Vinegar
  • 3 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 Tsp Spicy Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Carraway Seeds, Ground
  • 2 Tbsp Sweet Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Coarse Sea Salt
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder

For the Pulled Pork Sandwich

  • Ciabatta Style Loaf, But use your bread of choice
  • Radish, Finely sliced
  • Sauerkraut
  • Salad Onions


  1. Take all of the ingredients with the exception of the vinegar and mix together and then rub thoroughly into the pork shoulder.
  2. Place the shoulder and any remaining rub into a large bag seal and set aside in the refrigerator over night.
  3. The following day, place the pork in an oiled slow cooker on low (pre-heated depending on your model), add the vinegar and cook it for 8 hours.
  4. When your time is up remove the pork from the slow cooker and shred with a couple of forks.
  5. Depending on your pork you may want to remove some of the fat from the 'sauce' left in the bottom of the pot. Hungarian pork is butchered at a much older age so is typically fattier than the pork I was used to growing up with.
  6. Return the pork to the pot and stir.

For the Pulled Pork Sandwich

  1. Not sure what to say here you have seen my ingredients, but go to town... But pickles and the peppery nature of radish work so well against the soft and fragrant pulled pork.


The calorific value of this recipe refers to the meat only for a single serving, the rest is down to you 😀

Adapted from Georgia Style Slow Cooker Pulled Pork by Goodie Godmother

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1024 Total Fat: 57g Saturated Fat: 20g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 31g Cholesterol: 225mg Sodium: 1648mg Carbohydrates: 56g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 10g Protein: 68g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

25 thoughts on this Recipe:

  1. Same here Brian, I never cooked pulled pork before but I had to try it since I see it everywhere. My boys loved it, husband included. I made it so often that they asked for a change. I like the seasoning you are using on your pulled pork and will give it a try, replacing the ciabatta bread with a crunchy French baguette

  2. I am like you were! I have never cooked or eaten pulled pork. You make it look and sound wonderful. I think I’m going to have to try it!

  3. Ohhh man how can you go wrong!?! I love that you used ciabatta bread! The bread is important!! I will save this one to put on MY “to cook” list! 🙂

  4. There is always room for a sandwich like this even after I would have eaten a 7 course meal. This is mouthwatering ! I love your recipe and yes, if I am to have pork, has to be shoulder, the best part if you ask me. Yumm!! I love all the spices here and the souerkrout make it pure perfection. Great recipe Brian!

  5. We made pulled pork the other week and I really wish I had your recipe then. This looks so good!

  6. This looks fantastic Brian – I LOVE pulled pork! Such an easy meal, and so yummy! Love your ciabatta addition – totally great choice of bread for a sandwich like this!

  7. I don’t do waste, but my buthcer removed the skin, it is a prized cut over here in Hungary and often buy it to make my own scratchings 😀

  8. I’ve had pulled beef sandwiches before and quite liked them. Think I can use this rub on lamb shoulder?

    • I don’t see why you could not use this on lamb, I might be tempted to swap out the caraway for cumin as cumin is a slightly stronger flavour which may hold up better with the richer lamb as opposed to pork 🙂

  9. Brian, totally loving the look of this sandwich. I really like the addition of the radish for the crunch and the color.

  10. Oh, Brian – were you a pulled pork virgin? This is one of those tastes that will permeate your senses and create a constant craving from here on out! On the Brexit vote – I feel as though the world is going mad — we’ve got our own crazy-haired blonde that’s stirring the pot and I just wish someone would shove an apple in his mouth and roast him over a pit. Do you have a good spice rub recipe?

    • There does seem to be a thing going around at the moment with blondes and questionable barbers (or wig suppliers) 🙁

      I was indeed and it was a great recipe to pop my cherry with 😀 What sort of rub are you thinking about there are so many, coriander, cumin and chili work great together… Ground fennel, brown sugar and lemon zest is amazing, so many to choose from.


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