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Slow Cooker Carolina BBQ


"Miss the tarheel tradition of a pig pickin'? Then find yourself a crock pot, a big pork shoulder, some cider vinegar and get cooking! While ground and crushed red pepper will provide the basic heat - go the extra mile and find some Texas Pete (or Trappey's) pepper sauce to bring the taste of Carolina to your kitchen."
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12 h 15 m servings 293 cals
Original recipe yields 10 servings


  • Calories:
  • 293 kcal
  • 15%
  • Fat:
  • 17.3 g
  • 27%
  • Carbs:
  • 3.6g
  • 1%
  • Protein:
  • 27.6 g
  • 55%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 90 mg
  • 30%
  • Sodium:
  • 776 mg
  • 31%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. Place the pork shoulder into a slow cooker and season with salt and pepper. Pour the vinegar around the pork. Cover, and cook on Low for 12 hours. Pork should easily pull apart into strands.
  2. Remove the pork from the slow cooker and discard any bones. Strain out the liquid, and save 2 cups. Discard any extra. Shred the pork using tongs or two forks, and return to the slow cooker. Stir the brown sugar, hot pepper sauce, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes into the reserved sauce. Mix into the pork in the slow cooker. Cover and keep on Low setting until serving.


  • Sandwich option
  • Scoop pork onto a white bun and garnish liberally with your favorite coleslaw.
  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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This was some incredible BBQ with some incredibly nasty vinegar smell for the first 10 hours of cooking! Thank God we were taking the final product to someone else's house. After the pork was d...

Most helpful critical review

way too hot; only used 1/2 of the cayeanne and red peppers & hot sauce & it was still way too spicy.

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This was some incredible BBQ with some incredibly nasty vinegar smell for the first 10 hours of cooking! Thank God we were taking the final product to someone else's house. After the pork was d...

I am from North Carolina and have grown up on REAL bbq..and i have to say this is real close..its a great recipe ! my only added suggestion is to add some liquid smoke to this..a good

I have been making a version of this for over 20 years--to rave reviews. I highly recommend adding a small amount (1/2 pound of so) of smoked picnic ham to the crock pot to convincingly fake th...

Absolutely amazing! I am a displaced Tar Heel living in Alaska, and I would have NEVER thought that I could have North Carolina barbecue all the way up here without flying it in! I have tried lo...

Absolutely delicious! Yes, it does emit a strong smell of vinegar while cooking, but it's certainly worth it. I followed the recipe exactly as stated, however I cooked on high for 5 1/2 hours an...

i set the crockpot and left for class. i came home 3 hours later and was immediately transported back to NC (where I grew up). I said, "mmmm, smells like bbq." my husband said, "ugh, it smell...

Oh my goodness! You hit the nail right on the head. I am from eastern North Carolina and grew up with pig pickin's. What a shot of nostalgia with a fraction of the work. I've made this seve...

The apple vinegar is the key to this recipe. I use a Boston Pork Butt, a cup of apple vinegar, and a 1/2 bottle of Stubbs Marinade. After 6 hours on high in the crock pot, I pull the meat and sh...

Wish I could rate this one higher than only 5 stars... yes, it's THAT good. I read several reviews and found an awful lot of whining about the vinegar smell, but honestly, I thought it smelled W...