Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

tongs holding some shredded pork.

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This Pulled Pork recipe is an easy slow cooker recipe with just a few ingredients. It’s easy to prep, and then you leave it to cook until the seasoned meat is tender and juicy. Use it to make BBQ pulled pork, pulled pork sandwiches, enchiladas, and much more!


  • 1 (1-oz) packet taco seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3-pound boneless pork shoulder (picnic roast)


  1. Mix the taco seasoning, sugar, and the rest of the seasonings in a small bowl.
  2. Place the pork in the slow cooker and rub the seasoning mix all over it. It’s fine if some of the seasonings end up in the bottom of the slow cooker. Make sure the pork is fat-side-up once you’ve seasoned it.
  3. Secure the lid and cook the pork on low for six to eight hours or until the internal temperature reaches 185 to 190°F.
  4. Shred the pork with two forks and remove any pieces of fat or grisly bits. Mix to coat the meat in the juices for serving.


I don’t recommend cooking the pork on high for less time because the meat won’t be as tender. Cooking it on low allows the fat to melt slowly, which will tenderize the meat. As I mentioned, I use a boneless picnic roast which is around three pounds and takes about sixish hours to cook. If you use a larger pork shoulder or pork butt, you will need to add more time. A bone-in pork shoulder will also take longer to cook.

Pulled pork will keep in the refrigerator for three to four days. Just store it in an airtight container.