Easy Pulled Pork Recipe

by | Oct 18, 2018 | All, Main Dishes

You can never go wrong with recipes that take little prep and feed a crowd. This Easy Pulled Pork Recipe is one of our family favorites.

Top down image of pulled pork recipe in white slow cooker with buns on side for serving.

My husband and I having a running joke in our house about liquid smoke. Have you ever cooked with it?

I have been using it for years and love to use it in the slow cooker and always add it to baked beans. He laughs and wonders why I just can’t leave things as they are, but personally I think liquid smoke takes the flavors to the next level.

Especially in this Easy Pulled Pork Recipe. You will be hard pressed to find a recipe that is as easy, can feed a crowd, and – best of all – is made in the slow cooker. With just 3 ingredients. Yes, you read that right, 3 ingredients.

This recipe is one that I have been making for years. A good friend of mine got it from her sister-in-law who got it from I don’t know who. That kind of recipe.

And I have made it for parties, for families after the birth of a baby, and meals for friends that just need a pick me up. And what’s even better? You can make a huge batch and freeze what is left over.

Pretty much a no-brainer trifecta for me.

What ingredients do I need to make this Easy Pulled Pork Recipe?

Short answer? Not many. 

1.BBQ Sauce: Now isn’t the time to skimp with the barbecue sauce that is on sale. Use your favorite, and if you don’t have a favorite, use mine. I love Stubb’s BBQ Sauce. It is hands down my favorite barbecue sauce.

2. Liquid Smoke:The smokey mesquite flavors ring through, especially with the addition of the barbecue sauce.

3. Pork: Use a pork butt or shoulder, whatever is on sale at the store. Just make sure its a good piece of meat.

But as with all recipes where the ingredient list is short, it is important to use high-quality ingredients; you will definitely taste a difference.

Image of Easy Pulled Pork Recipe on a bun with a toothpick skewered through the top.

No more worries about what to make for your next tailgating party or even for dinner one night this week. Or both.

Trust me; this easy, flavorful dinner will make it into your regular rotation as quickly as it did mine. 

PInterest image of Easy PUlled Pork Recipe with Pork in a white slow cooker and buns on side for serving on a dark background.

Check out some of our other favorite ways to eat pork!

BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos– Garnish with Lemon®

Grilled Pulled Pork Pizza– A Mindfull Mom

Curried Pork Empanadas– Garnish with Lemon®

Pulled Pork Huevos Rancheros– Foodie with Family

Pork Tenderloin Lettuce Wraps– Garnish with Lemon®

Yield: 10-12 servings

Easy Pulled Pork Recipe

Easy Pulled Pork Recipe

An Easy Pulled Pork Recipe made in the slow cooker.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4-5 pounds pork butt or shoulder
  • 2 1/2 - 3 ounces liquid smoke
  • 1 bottle barbecue sauce

Instructions

  1. Place pork and liquid smoke in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 7 hours or until pork shreds easily.
  2. Remove pork from slow cooker, cut off fat and shred with two forks. Pour off all liquid from meat except for 1/4-1/2 cup.
  3. Return shredded pork to slow cooker. Add barbecue sauce to taste and stir.
  4. Heat on low until sauce is warm and ready to serve.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 514Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 163mgSodium: 187mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 44g

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25 Comments

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    Sounds and looks delicious – love quick and easy crockpot recipes!

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      Thanks Cate!

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    Crock pot pulled port sandwiches are one of my favorite weeknight meals. I’ve never tried just using liquid smoke, but I will definitely have to try it next time!

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      Try it Ashley, you will love it! It adds a lot of depth to the flavor!

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    I absolutely love pulled pork sandwiches that are made in the crockpot. This looks like a good one. Pinned for later.

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      Thanks for the pin Meagan!

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    Love how simple this is! You can never go wrong with a pulled pork slider. And I think liquid smoke makes everything better!

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      Me too 🙂 glad someone else likes it like I do!

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      Thanks, Claire!

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      Love things that are easy AND good 🙂

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    I love pulled pork and I love how simple and easy you made this recipe!

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      Thanks, Angie! 🙂

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    I love pulled pork! I’m going to have to try your recipe next time I make it…liquid smoke would add some great flavor!

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      It does add a lot of depth to the flavor! I love it!

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    I am SO with you!!! Liquid Smoke is awesome!!! So is Stubbs! These look amazing!

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      So happy someone else loves Stubb’s like we do!

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    Yum! ll for sure be making this next week. Never used liquid smoke but excited to try!

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      Let me know how it turns out, Donna!

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    I love recipes like this – 3 ingredients is a reason to add this to my dinner menu!

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      Simple is sometimes best, isn’t it? 🙂

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    Can I use pork tenderloin for this?

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      Hi Dee, I wouldn’t use a pork tenderloin for this recipe, there isn’t enough fat. Use a pork shoulder or pork butt instead for better results! Good luck!

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