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Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe

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Create moist, tender, and full flavored pulled pork with this simple to follow slow cooker recipe.

Serve with: Pinot Noir

Main Course


Servings: 8 servings


Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours


Braising liquid

  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 3 tablespoons of your favorite store bought BBQ sauce, preferably one with liquid smoke as an ingredient like KC Masterpiece Hickory Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of your favorite BBQ dry rub

Pork butt

  • 1 bone-in pork butt (approximately 7-8 pounds)
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite BBQ dry rub
  • 5 apples
  • Hamburger buns
  • Additional BBQ sauce for serving
About the pork butt. If you are using a smaller bone-in pork butt, figure approximately 1 hour cooking time per pound. If you are using a boneless pork butt, tie it into a roast so that it cooks uniformly.
About the mayonnaise. The use of mayonnaise is completely optional but is something that I have done for years. As with the more popular yellow mustard, the mayonnaise serves as a binding agent for the dry rub without altering the flavor of the finished meat. Unlike mustard, mayonnaise is high in fat, something that can only benefit the pork butt.
About the BBQ sauce. While a store bought sauce with liquid smoke is recommended for time purposes, feel free to substitute our flavor packed Kansas City style barbecue sauce recipe.
About the dry rub. Although the recipe calls for store bought BBQ dry rub out of convenience, our recipe for Meathead's Memphis Dust is a great alternative. Note that if you are using the recipe, you will need to pre-salt the pork butt with approximately 1/2 tablespoon Morton's coarse kosher salt per pound not including the bone. Learn more about why you should avoid salt in rubs here.
Metric conversion:

These recipes were created in US Customary measurements and the conversion to metric is being done by calculations. They should be accurate, but it is possible there could be an error. If you find one, please let us know in the comments at the bottom of the page


  • Prep. To create the braising liquid, combine the chicken broth, apple juice, BBQ sauce, apple cider vinegar, and BBQ dry rub in a bowl and blend well.
  • Trim all excess fat from the pork butt.
  • Lightly coat the pork butt with mayonnaise. Season the pork butt liberally with the remaining BBQ dry rub.
  • Stand an apple upright on a cutting board. Slice one side off of the apple, approximately 1/2-inch from the center. Do the same with the opposite side of the apple. Repeat with the remaining apples. Enjoy the ends of the apples as a fresh snack.
    Apple with the ends cut off
  •  Cook. Set the apples on the bottom of the slow cooker with one cut side down to create a base for the pork butt. This will keep the pork butt out of the braising liquid during the beginning of the cooking process so that the dry rub has time to penetrate the meat.
    Sliced apples placed at the boom of a slow cooker
  • Add enough of the braising liquid to the slow cooker so that all but the upper 1/4-inch of the apples is immersed. Reserve the remaining liquid for adding to the finished pulled pork.
  • Set the pork butt on the apples.
    Seasoned pork butt inside of a slow cooker
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook the pork butt until it reaches an internal temperature of 190°F, approximately 1 hour per pound.
  • Remove the pork butt from the crockpot and place in a large casserole dish or aluminum pan. Remove the cooking liquid from the slow cooker and discard. Alternatively, you can reserve the liquid for use as the base of a flavorful sauce, though you will want to skim as much fat as possible off of the top once it has cooled, as it will be very oily from the rendered pork fat.
    Whole cooked pork butt in serving dish
  • Use forks or bear paws to shred the pork butt. Add the remaining braising liquid to the pulled pork and mix the pork well. If you are not serving the pulled pork immediately, then return it to the slow cooker, cover, and set the dial to warm.
    Shredded slow cooker pork butt in serving dish
  • Serve. To serve, place the pulled pork on buns and serve with additional BBQ sauce.