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Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

A true American classic, sweet, tender, smokey and delicious, this slow cooker BBQ Pulled Pork will keep you full for days!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Crisp in the oven45 mins
Total Time7 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq, pork
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 307kcal



  • 1.5 kg pork shoulder

Pork Rub

  • 1 tbsp paprika ground
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt flakes
  • ½ tsp black pepper ground
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp muscavado sugar dark brown sugar

Cooking Stock

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (use Kikkoman Tamari if gluten free)
  • 150 ml chicken stock
  • 30 ml cider vinegar
  • 30 ml apple juice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion white
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed


  • In a large mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients for the rub.
  • Take the joint of pork and cut into large chunks (so that the meat can be placed down flat in the slow cooker). Now take the pieces of pork and add to the mixing bowl coating well in the rub.
  • Roughly slice the onion and crush the garlic and put in the slow cooker then drizzle over the cooking oil. Add the chicken stock, cider vinegar, apple juice and bay leaves into the pot.
  • Place the coated pieces of pork into the pot gently to ensure that as much of the rub stays on the meat and is not washed off by the stock. The meat should be submerged in the liquid. Replace the lid and cook on high for 6 hours.
  • After the cooking time, the pork will be cooked through and the meat tender. Finish this in the oven by pouring the meat and stock into a large roasting tray and loosely covering with foil for 45 minutes at 160°c fan oven (180°c conventional) to create the crispy and smokey texture on the outside of the meat.
  • Remove from the oven, the meat will be tender and fall apart when pulled and the stock mixture will have reduced and be caramelising. Place the pork in a separate bowl or tray and pull apart using two forks. Serve in a bun with pickles and thick cut cajun spiced chips!


Gluten Free

If you're cooking gluten free, substitute the following ingredients:
  • Soy Sauce - Kikkoman Tamari is a good alternative
  • Buns - use a gluten free alternative


Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 717mg | Potassium: 641mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1338IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 3mg