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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!

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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.

Square close up image of an easy slow cooker pulled pork sandwich on a ciabatta style loaf with pickles
Yield: 6 Servings

Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe

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:



Serving Size:


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.

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Tuesday 29th of May 2018

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

Brian Jones

Wednesday 30th of May 2018

It is definitely one of those US centric recipes but it is a good un... Enjoy on your crunch French loaf!

Jacqueline Debono

Saturday 26th of May 2018

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!

Brian Jones

Sunday 27th of May 2018

It's certainly less of a thing here in Europe, but definitely a US-centric dish I really like!


Saturday 26th of May 2018

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! :)

Brian Jones

Sunday 27th of May 2018

Enjoy Aleka


Saturday 26th of May 2018

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!

Brian Jones

Sunday 27th of May 2018

lol, you have a greater appetite than I, thanks Ramona!

Meaghan | Cook. Craft. Love.

Friday 8th of July 2016

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

Brian Jones

Sunday 24th of July 2016

There is always room for more pulled pork ;)