Southern Pulled Pork

Southern Pulled Pork

Brenda Laughlin Sumner 12

"This recipe starts out on the stove, and ends up in the slow cooker! Add your favorite BBQ sauce and eat plain or on a bun! Great for parties."

Ingredients 6 h 30 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 178 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 178 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 10.1 g
  • 16%
  • Carbs:
  • 2.9g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 17.9 g
  • 36%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 58 mg
  • 19%
  • Sodium:
  • 282 mg
  • 11%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Cut the pork roast into large chunks. Season generously with the Cajun seasoning. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork, and brown on all sides. Remove from the skillet, and transfer to a slow cooker.
  2. Add the onion and garlic to the skillet, and cook for a few minutes until tender. Stir in the water scraping the bottom to include all of the browned pork bits from the bottom of the pan, then pour the whole mixture into the slow cooker with the pork. Stir in liquid smoke flavoring.
  3. Cover, and cook on High for 6 hours, or until meat is falling apart when pierced with a fork. Remove pieces of pork from the slow cooker, and shred. Return to the slow cooker to keep warm while serving.
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As a Texas girl living in Montana, I think many reviewers missed the point of what pulled pork is supposed to be. The meat is intended to have sauce added when placed on the bun. You want the smokey flavor of the pork (not all the spices). When you smoke a pork butt (or in this case, cooking it in the crock pot)the purpose is to get the pork very tender. You dress the pulled pork after its done with sauce, JalapeƱos, onions, swiss cheese, etc. This recipe is perfect for what it is intended to do--make the pork tender!

Laura Venable Curtis

This recipe was an unbelievable hit at my daughter's graduation party. I did a trial batch with Sweet Babys Rays, and my hubby and I were not impressed. They were sampling "Cattlemen's" BBQ sauce at Sam's and we instantly knew that it was the sauce that would make my main course a huge hit. By the third batch I didn't bother browning the pork, onions, or garlic. Just throw it all in the crockpot and cook on high for 6 hours. The meat was so tender all I had to do was press it with a fork and it fell apart. I did not use the juices in the crockpot after the meat was cooked - it sounds like some did. I stirred the pork in Cattleman's and bagged it in ziploc freezer bags and froze for the big day. I let them set out overnight to defrost. I saved a quart of the juices in the fridge just in case I needed them to revive the pork, but it was not necessary at all so I discarded it. ABSOULTELY WONDERFUL!


Overall, very good if you like pulled pork. I didn't bother browning the pork first though. I seasoned it with "Cajun Seasoning Mix" from this site and added it to the slow cooker along with a bit of minced garlic. I left out the onion (personal perference when it comes to pulled pork). I've done a few "southern" pulled pork recipes and most call for cider vinegar vs. just water so I used 2 cups of apple cider vinegar and 2 cups of water. I let that go for 5 hours on low. I removed the meat and shredded it with two forks. I drained the liquid reserving 2 cups and put that back into the crock pot along with the shredded pork and then added 2 Tbsp. of liquid smoke. I also added a little brown sugar and cayenne pepper. I let that go for another hour on low. This is great topped with your favorite bbq sauce or try "White BBQ Sauce" from this site along with a side of coleslaw and cornbread!