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EASY BBQ Pulled Pork

This easy BBQ pulled pork takes just 5 minutes to prep with 5 simple ingredients. It’s perfectly juicy and tender, with delicious BBQ flavor. Make it in the crockpot OR instant pot! 

BBQ pulled pork in the white crock pot.
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Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

This is one of the easiest slow cooker recipes out there. Slow cooking the pork really helps to make the meat super tender and flavorful. It’s so delicious! If you’d rather use a leaner cut of meat, check out my crockpot BBQ chicken.

While I love beef short ribs in the winter, BBQ pork sandwiches are my go to recipe to make in the summertime. They are perfect for family get-togethers and backyard BBQ’s. This recipe only takes 5 ingredients to make and 5 minutes to prep. It cooks ALL day, so make sure to put it on the slow cooker first thing in the morning.

This and my Cafe Rio sweet pork recipe are some of my favorites because they are SO easy to make but result in the best juicy, tender meat.

We love serving this BBQ pulled pork as sandwiches on a bun or homemade dinner rolls, on top of oven baked nachos, cobb salads and more! It’s even good wrapped in a homemade tortilla or lettuce wrap. This is one of those meals the whole family will love!

Pulled pork ingredients on counter.

How to Make Pulled Pork in the Slow Cooker

  1. Wash and dry. Make sure to wash the pork first, then pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Season. Place the pork in the slow cooker, then pierce a few times with a fork. Pour in 1/2 cup water, BBQ sauce and liquid smoke, then season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook in crockpot. Cook on low until the pork easily shreds, about 10 hours.
  4. Shred and enjoy. Remove from slow cooker and shred the meat using 2 forks. Discard any excess fat. Then transfer the pork back to the pot with the juices and let rest for about 15 minutes. Serve on a hamburger bun or on top of a salad.
Prepping bbq pulled pork in the slow cooker.

Cooking Tips

  • Don’t disturb the pork. Make sure to leave the lid sealed the entire cooking time, so that it steams and gets super tender.
  • You do not need to sear the meat first, however if you’d like to you can sear it in a pan over medium heat with a little oil. Cook each side about 2 minutes, then move to the slow cooker.
  • You can use store bought sauce (I prefer Sweet Baby Ray’s) or homemade BBQ sauce. You could even mix two sauces together to get a sweet and smoky flavor.
Pulled pork on a wooden cutting board.

Can I use an Instant Pot?

Absolutely! Simply follow these instructions below.

  1. Cut the meat into 4 pieces.
  2. Add all the ingredients to the Instant Pot with and extra 1/2 cup water and seal the lid.
  3. Set to cook at high pressure for 60 minutes. Then do a natural release for 15 minutes. If pork is frozen, increase time to 1 hour and 20 minutes.
BBQ pulled pork in the white slow cooker.

Ways to Use Leftover BBQ Pulled Pork

Try these other crowd pleasing shredded meats! Carnitas Instant Pot, shredded beef or this kalua pork!

Favorite Sides to Serve Alongside

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Pulled Pork Recipe

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
This easy BBQ pulled pork takes just 5 minutes to prep with 5 simple ingredients. It's perfectly juicy and tender, with delicious BBQ flavor. Make it in the crockpot OR instant pot! 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 3-4 pounds boneless pork loin or shoulder
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups BBQ sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon liquid smoke , optional but recommended


  • Wash pork and then pat dry. 

Slow cooker

  • Place in the slow cooker. Pierce pork several times. Add 1/2 cup water. Pour BBQ sauce and liquid smoke over the top. Then sprinkle salt and pepper on top. Cook on low for 10 hours, or until it easily shreds.

Instant Pot

  • Cut into 4 chunks, pierce with a fork, then place in the instant pot. Add 1 cup water. Pour BBQ sauce and liquid smoke over the top. Then sprinkle salt on top. Place lid on top and set to high pressure. Cook for 60 minutes and then do a natural slow release for 10 minutes. 
  • Remove pork and shred with 2 forks. Remove any excess fat.
  • Place back in the pot and let sit in the juices for 15 minutes, or until ready to serve. Serve on a bun, on top of a potato or on a salad. 


When cooking pork in the slow cooker, don’t take the lid off before 10 hours. You need the steam to make it tender.
Freezer instructions: Add pork to a zip top freezer bag (make sure all air is removed) and store in freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in fridge overnight when ready to enjoy. 
Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition information provided below is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on ingredients used.


Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 743mg | Potassium: 608mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 96IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

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