Recipe Details

Perfect Pulled Pork

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Servings: 16 - 20


Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest


5 pound boneless blade pork roast
1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
Soft sandwich buns

Cooking Directions

Combine all the seasonings in a small bowl and rub evenly over roast. Place meat in a 6-quart slow cooker. Add water. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or HIGH for 4-5 hours or until pork is very tender.

Remove pork to a large cutting board or platter and let rest for 10-15 minutes. Pull, slice or chop to serve. Serve in buns with barbecue sauce.
Makes 16-20 servings

Serving Suggestions

Bring the flavor of pulled pork to your slow cooker. Add your favorite bottled barbecue sauce and nothing could be simpler.  Serve with baked beans, coleslaw, and potato chips.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 210 calories
Protein: 28 grams
Fat: 10 grams
Sodium: 170 milligrams
Cholesterol: 95 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 3 grams
Carbohydrates: 1 grams
Fiber: 0 grams

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About the Cut: Shoulder

Pork shoulder is the top portion of the front leg of the hog. The terminology for pork shoulder can vary widely depending on the region. However, the lower ‘arm’ portion of the shoulder is most commonly called the arm picnic. The upper part of the shoulder, often called the Boston blade roast (also known as Boston- style butt), comes from the area near the loin and contains the shoulder blade bone.

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Buying, Handling & Storage Tips

It is safe to cook frozen or partially-frozen pork in the oven, on the stove or grill without defrosting it first; the cooking time may be about 50% longer. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. It is best if frozen pork roasts are cooked at an oven temperature of 325 degrees F. Do not cook frozen pork in a slow cooker.

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Butcher's Tips

To ensure doneness, check with a meat thermometer. A thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the cut should produce a temperature of 160°F for medium doneness

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by anonymous 06/07/2014
make this all the time family request never any left

by anonymous 02/23/2014
This was easy, fast, and delicious! I served it with brown rice, bbq sauce, and roasted asparagus.

Perfect Pulled Pork
by anonymous 11/01/2013
This is an easy and amazing way to make pulled pork. I use a Pork Butt roast. A family favorite

Perfect Pulled Pork
by anonymous 06/24/2013
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS RECIPE!! I have made this recipe now several times since finding it in a magazine. Everyone that eats it wants the recipe. Thanks so much!!!!

Pulled pork, perfect all the time
by anonymous 03/09/2013
Have made this in the crock pot several times! It's a great recipe and very simple.

Excellent !
by anonymous 02/26/2013
I follow the recipe but add a little liquid smoke too.

Best pulled pork
by anonymous 11/10/2012
This is by far the best pulled pork I have ever eaten. Moist, tasty, spices were perfect. It was a hit with my family, and my son invited a couple friends over to share. Everyone raved about it. I followed the recipe exactly, and I would make no changes. Sorry no picture, we ate it too quickly.

by anonymous 09/23/2012
This is my favorite pulled pork recipe. Right before I'm about to serve it, I shred it and pour a bottle of my favorite BBQ sauce all over the meat. It's amazing!  

Very good, easy pulled pork
by anonymous 08/03/2012
So easy and so good! I use parsley instead of thyme, add 1 tsp. onion powder, and use regular instead of smoked paprika.

A true winner!
by anonymous 03/24/2012
I made this for a family party once and it has become my most requested meal for every get together no matter how big or small. It's so easy but it has such big flavor. I can't even tell you how many times I've given this recipe to people since I make this now for pretty much every family gathering. It's so popular! 

Love it
by anonymous 12/20/2011
I heat my BBQ sauce on the stove while the pork is resting. I mix the pork in with the sauce once it is pulled. Taste much better that way.  

so good
by Diana 06/20/2011
I made a 11 pound roast and when it was time to clean up just had to wash the pot there was noting left. Everyone liked the idea of adding the amout of BBQ sauce to there sandwich.

Just an Average Cooker
by Kimbrea 06/18/2011
 I first saw this recipe in the FoodNetwork Magazine and decided to try it. family went crazy. We made sandwiches and topped them with coleslaw...Yum-O. I have since made this 3 times and it gets the same results. But I also tweaked the recipe a little bit, I added a teaspoon of chile flakes to my rub and it was even better.

Best pulled pork
by Michelle 05/30/2011
 I have done pulled pork many ways, but I have to say that this is the best way to cook pulled pork ever! It comes out tasting amazing!

by joann 05/08/2011
I make this so much. I turns out perfect everytime.

by rooney 05/05/2011
 I have made this sooo many times and we never get tired of it:)

Part time Chef
by Larry Scott 03/06/2011
 Very good flavor

Super tender
by Shelley 01/26/2011
Acutally used 7lbs of pork and let cook for 12 hours, was so super tender, just fell apart, no elbow grease needed. Added some Sweet Baby Rays to each sandwich, was super easy and excellent tasting.

Awesome Recipe
by Kelly Jordan 01/24/2011
 This is incredible and everyone I serve it to loves it, including my 9 year old and 4 year old.

by Kim Warner 12/28/2010

easy & excellent
by Susan 12/24/2010
 This is a great recipe. The whole family loved it.

by null 12/12/2010
 use with a Sweet BBQ sauce like Big Johns and this will be perfect spicy and Sweet!!!!!

by Meags 12/10/2010
I made this for playgroup, all the moms loved it. They all wanted the recipe, and left with it. I let it cook overnight, and it was just amazing. Love the taste, and so easy to prepare! mmm mmmm

very tasty
by kimberly 12/07/2010
 We loved the flavor, very easy to prepare!

Perfect Pulled Pork
by Petra 12/05/2010
My picky, Southern family loved it. Easy, quick to prepare, and freezes and reheats just as well as when first cooked. I must admite, I added a bit more smoky paprika to give it a stronger flavor. Highly recommend!

Perfect Pulled Pork
by Babs 11/13/2010
 This recipe is so easy and ridiculously tasty! Pair it with your favorite BBQ sauce and it's complete!

Easy and delicious
by Marcy S 11/12/2010
 by MarcyS 11/12/2010 Very good slow cooker pork recipe. My family loves this one, and the leftovers are great for tacos too.

Easy and Delicious
by Pat 11/02/2010
I have made this twice now everyone who has tried it loves it.

by Sdjo 10/30/2010
 I have made this several times and it is a CROWD Pleaser!!!

by amy 10/26/2010
The best pulled pork sandwich ever! Don't miss this recipe!!

by andrea 10/25/2010
Easiest and most delicious pulled pork recipe I've had in a long time.

pulled pork
by pam 10/25/2010
 This was awesome !! never tried pulled pork before...this is a keeper !!

definatly best pulled pork
by jen 10/16/2010
 I made this for a group of friends and it was delicious. I used beef broth instead of water. Would definatly reccommend this. ummm

by Sharp 10/09/2010
 This is an awesome recipe. I'm so glad I made it. Everyone loved it!

so good!
by kim 10/07/2010
I had a house full of people a few weekends ago, so I decided to make this recipe. I put it in the slow cooker in the morning, then we went to an annual festival close-by all day. Then we came home and had a wonderful dinner! I was really surprised at how good it was, especially since it was so simple to put together. Everyone loved it!

This IS perfect
by Kat 10/04/2010
 and easy! I am the worst at slow cookery, but I keep trying. I am glad I did. I made this exacty by the recipe. I mistakenly bought a bone-in roast, but it didn't matter; probably only added to the flave. No need to brown before. I did take advantage of the pan juices. I strained them, separated the grease, then reduced to less than half and then added my favorite BBQ sauce - Lucille's. Raves all around. The roast was also almost 7 lbs, but it didnt matter a bit.

Perfect Pulled Pork
by Karen 09/21/2010
 This is wonderful and so easy to make!

Perfect Pulled Pork
by Karen 09/21/2010
 This is wonderful and so easy to make!

Super Yum
by lori 09/19/2010
Excellent taste, super easy to make... Super Yum! Try it. 

easy and good
by Lara 09/12/2010
 I put this is the slow cooker before we left for church and had no complaints about not going out for lunch after my family tasted the results.

Perfect Pulled Pork
by Shark 09/01/2010
 This is an awesome recipe for Pulled Pork..

Delicious & super easy
by Mary 08/24/2010
Tried this recipe in the oven at 325 degrees for 4 hours. Used a LeCreuset oval dutch oven small enough to just hold the roast with lid. Excellent & so easy.

by kelli 08/22/2010
 Easy and delicious!

Easy Easy
by Mary 08/22/2010
I prepare this recipes yesterday and it was the best pull pork ever. My family enjoyed it so much were going to make again and the leftovers we will make tacos.

Better than grilling
by txdon 08/16/2010
I tried this recipe  instead of standing outside grilling in 100+ degrees temps and was it was delicious. I put Bullseye BBQ sauce and one slice of dill pickle on small (slider) buns for an evening meal around thre pool and it was a big hit. Very easy and good! I like it!