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Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork Shoulder


"Very tasty, very easy pork shoulder recipe. It practically pulls itself. Great for sandwiches, burritos, or with rice. Serve in sandwich buns with your favorite barbecue sauce, if you're so-inclined."
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20 h 10 m servings 235 cals
Original recipe yields 10 servings (3 1/3 pounds pulled pork)


  • Calories:
  • 235 kcal
  • 12%
  • Fat:
  • 13.4 g
  • 21%
  • Carbs:
  • 13.1g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 14.5 g
  • 29%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 54 mg
  • 18%
  • Sodium:
  • 2333 mg
  • 93%

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.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Place the pork shoulder into the ceramic bowl of a slow cooker. Pour enough water and white vinegar into the slow cooker to assure the pork is completely covered, maintaining a 2-to-1 ratio of vinegar to water. Add the salt. Put the ceramic bowl in the refrigerator and allow the pork to marinate at least 12 hours and up to 24 hours.
  2. Drain enough of the liquid from the ceramic bowl until about 1/2-inch of pork is left exposed. Add the onion to the remaining liquid. Season the exposed surface of the pork with the cumin, mustard, chili powder, and brown sugar. Place the bowl into the base of the slow cooker and cook on High until the pork is tender and falls apart easily, 8 to 10 hours.
  3. Carefully remove the pork to a cutting board; shred the meat into strands using a pair of forks. Remove and discard any excess fat.


  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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  1. 161 Ratings

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Pretty good and extremely easy. A little vinegar-y for our tastes so I think next time I'm going to use half of the brine and use beer for the rest of the liquid once in the crockpot and add a ...

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I tried this and had the same to much vinegar flavor. Ended having to through it out. When I went back over the recipe sure I had done something wrong, noticed what must be a miss print in #2. W...

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Pretty good and extremely easy. A little vinegar-y for our tastes so I think next time I'm going to use half of the brine and use beer for the rest of the liquid once in the crockpot and add a ...

I loved this recipe for a pork roast. I've had trouble finding a good one I like. The spices were a good combination and not too much. Next time I'll add some whole potatoes in towards the en...

Very easy recipe. had trouble finding a pork shoulder that small, bought an 8 pound, but just doubled the recipe and it turned out AMAZING. This is my first time trying to cook a pulled pork rec...

I used the recipe exactly as stated. It was perfect. After it was done I added some Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce to the meat. I didn't overdo the sauce but enough to my taste. My husband just adds...

best. pulled. pork. EVER. I used cider vinegar and pork tenderloin because that's all I had. After RAVE reviews from our guests, one of them asked where we had the pork catered from! It was "...

I made this for our 4th of July celebration with 2 couples from Church. I've been receiving compliments for 3 days. Every time I run into one of the guests they bring it up again. What I did was...

I made a 8 lb shoulder in my largest slow cooker and it fit fine. I was worried about some of the comments re:the vinegar taste so after brining overnight, I drained off half the liquid and repl...

Was a great hit! I used hawaiian rolls and made mini-sliders. Make sure when shredding to get all the good meat away from the fat. Will use again!

Easy to prepare! Cooked for 8 hours in crock pot, was easy to pull apart and separate the fat from the meat. Added about a cup and a half of barbecue sauce for flavor. It was the hit of the part...