Dump & Run Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Nothing could be simpler than this wonderful dump & run easy slow cooker pulled pork, simply throw stuff in the Crockpot and come back later!

Portrait close up image of an easy slow cooker pulled pork served in a blue bowl

Super Simple Pulled Pork.

Whilst much of my food is influenced by global cuisine one of the foods not massively represented is US food.

Odd considering how much US culture has coloured much of global culture. But outside of the Burger and US influence on Pizza US food is relatively uncommon on this side of the pond.

As a result, pulled pork is a dish that I had not tried or even heard of until long after we moved to Hungary in 2008. And I’m a self confessed “foodie”!

This recipe is a gloriously simple dump and run recipe that is so simple that it hurts.

You can marinate the pork in the dry ingredients overnight if you like. It does add a little more flavour but it is not really a game-changer.

Portrait up image of an easy slow cooker pulled pork served in a blue bowl with a sandwich in the background

Choosing the Pork.

The pork you choose for making pulled pork is critical.

This recipe calls for shoulder, it is the perfect cut of meat for shredding due to the long fibres of the muscle.

It also has just about the perfect amount of fat, you could sub this out for pork leg if you want.

However, if you do that you want to try and get meat from the lower part of the leg.

It contains more sinew than the shoulder, which adds to a richer mouthfeel and it is why I use beef shin for my pulled beef recipe.

Portrait up image of a slow cooker pulled pork sandwich on a ciabatta style loaf with pickles

The Best Pulled Pork Sandwich.

You can use this meat any way you like but my favourite is a pulled pork sandwich.

I take the meat and freeze it into 300g portions, which is the perfect size for a sarnie for me and my wife.

When I want a sandwich I just drop the bags of pork into simmer water and reheat. This method ensures you do not drive off any of the liquid and end up with dry pork.

You just need to ensure that you have heavy gauge bags that can cope with the heat.

For the topping, I usually call on pickled cabbage, a bit of sliced radish and some spring onions. Less really is more, no one likes a sandwich that you eat from your lap!

Although it also works just as well with more pickles. The same sort of stuff that I use to top my Instant Pot BBQ Pork Sandwich.

As for the bread well it has to be a ciabatta style loaf. This is because it allows the juices from the pork to fill up all of those wonderful holes.

But most importantly it is robust enough not to fall apart or go soggy.

Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe

Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes

It is impossible to mess up this slow cooker pulled pork recipe, it is a simple mixing together some ingredients and adding them to the pot!


  • 1 kg Pork Shoulder
  • 2 Tbsp Cider Apple Vinegar
  • 1 Tsp Liquid Smoke
  • 1.5 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Spicy Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Caraway Seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Sweet Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tsp Coarse Sea Salt
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder


  1. Take all of the ingredients with the exception of the vinegar & liquid smoke and mix together.
  2. Sprinkle this mix over the pork and massage it in really well.
  3. Place the pork into a slow cooker and add the vinegar and liquid smoke.
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  5. When your time is up, remove the pork from the slow cooker and shred with a couple of forks.
  6. You may want to remove some of the fat from the sauce left in the crockpot before returning the pork and stirring to coat.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 520Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 150mgSodium: 892mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 40g
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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  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 ๐Ÿ˜€

  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  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) ๐Ÿ™

      I was indeed and it was a great recipe to pop my cherry with ๐Ÿ˜€ 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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