Pork Roast Recipe – A simple pork recipe prepared in the slow cooker. Makes a delicious pork roast for tons of favorite pulled pork recipes. A favorite slow cooker pork recipe.

Perfect Pulled Pork Recipe - This simple slow cooker pork roast recipe makes the most amazing pulled pork! So easy! // addapinch.com

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork. A simple pork recipe prepared in the slow cooker. Easy and delicious for tons of favorite pulled pork recipes. // addapinch.com


Perfect Pulled Pork Recipe – This simple slow cooker pork roast recipe makes the most amazing pulled pork! So easy!

Okay, so if your family loves pork roast, pulled pork, or pork in any way, shape, or form, you really do want to give this pork roast a try. Especially if you a looking for a simple recipe to use for pulled pork.

Pork Roast Recipe (Pulled Pork Recipe)

This pork roast is another one of those recipes where I throw all of my ingredients into my slow cooker and then let it do all the work for me while I take all the credit for it. Nothing wrong with that, is there?

Please say no.

Because really, someone had to think to buy the pork roast and then put it and just the right blend of things with it into the slow cooker in the first place, right? And then figuring out exactly how to cook it in there so that it isn’t tough? I think it really is a fair partnership that my slow cooker and I have going on.

How to Make the Best Pulled Pork Recipe

To make this pork roast or pulled pork recipe, I begin with my favorite cut of pork, my seasoning, and just the right amount of time in my slow cooker! That’s really the secret to the best pulled pork I’ve ever tasted!

There are just a few tricks that I’ve found that I want to share with you so you’ll be loving this pork roast as much as we do.

What is the Best Cut of Pork for Pulled Pork Recipe?

This is just my opinion, but I prefer to use a shoulder blade roast or Boston butt roast when slow cooking for an extended period – like in this recipe. I think these cuts of meat have just the right combination of fat to meat to allow the roast to keep its flavor and become extremely tender when cooking for an extended period of time. This also makes delicious pulled pork in my humble opinion.

How to Cook Pork Roast for the Best Pulled Pork

Once I have my shoulder blade roast or Boston butt roast, I place it into my slow cooker. You’ll want to use at least a 6-quart slow cooker that has a tight fitting lid. I’ve found that one that has a “warm” setting works perfectly.

I cook my pork roast looooow and slooooow. Trying to rush this cut of meat just isn’t good to me. I normally cook my pork roast in my slow cooker for anywhere from 8-10 hours for the best pulled pork.

I like to put it into my slow cooker as I’m going to bed and then waking up to supper being ready before I even start breakfast. Then, I’ll leave it on warm with the liquid that cooked off while it cooked overnight still in the slow cooker and let it “steam” in the slow cooker for another 4 hours or so. The resulting pulled pork will absolutely without a doubt melt in your mouth! Of course you can start it in the morning and have it cook all day while you are busy doing other things as well!

Favorite Seasonings for Pork Roast

This pork roast recipe doesn’t include a ton of ingredients. It’s simple. Boston Butt, Worcestershire (or coconut aminos if sensitive to soy), and whatever dry rub I’m loving at the moment. I don’t even add any other liquids.

Perfect Pulled Pork Recipe - This simple slow cooker pork roast recipe makes the most amazing pulled pork! So easy! // addapinch.com

So now, I feel like I’ve shared my biggest secrets with you guys. I can’t wait to hear how you like this pork roast recipe.

Here’s the recipe for my pork roast.

Perfect Pulled Pork Recipe - This simple slow cooker pork roast recipe makes the most amazing pulled pork! So easy! // addapinch.com

Pork Roast Recipe

Pork Roast Recipe - A simple pork recipe prepared in the slow cooker. Makes a delicious pork roast for tons of favorite pulled pork recipes. A favorite slow cooker pork recipe.
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Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time12 hrs
Total Time12 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 8
Course Main Course
Calories: 228kcal
Cuisine American
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 1 (3-5 pound) Pork Shoulder Blade Roast or Picnic
  • 8-10 dashes Worcestershire sauce or coconut aminos
  • 3-5 tablespoons dry rub your favorite, (+more if desired)


  • Place meat in the slow cooker. Add dashes of Worcestershire sauce to the top of the meat until it is well covered. Then sprinkle heavily with dry rub. Cook on low setting of slow cooker for 8-10 hours. Leave meat in the slow cooker on the "warm" setting for about 4 more hours or until the meat easily will pull with two forks.
  • Internal temperature of pork roast should be between 190º F and 205º F.
  • Remove from slow cooker and allow to rest about 5-10 minutes. Then, slice or pull for serving, basting with pan juices from slow cooker.
  • Serve warm.
  • Leftovers should be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 230mg
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Robyn xo

Perfect Pulled Pork Recipe - This simple slow cooker recipe makes the most amazing pulled pork! So easy! // addapinch.com

Originally published 2012.

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519 Comments Leave a comment or review

    1. I would not use a loin for this particular recipe. I tried substituting it for the butt before and it just doesn’t have enough fat.

    1. You can cut onion, potatoes, carrots, minced garlic…. but will have to add water to cover these and place roast on top. 

  1. Paul, for a slow roasted pork or any meat, one pot dish, I add 1lb courgettes sliced into batons, 4 tablespoons olive oil, 1 chopped onion, 6 tablespoons wine vinegar or cider vinegar, salt and pepper. Don’t add any other liquid. This is especially delicious with lamb shoulder. I often use meat from frozen. The courgettes and onion melt into the juices making a delicious sauce. You could use French beans instead of courgettes. Tonight I’m making this with pork, red peppers and garlic. 

  2. I made this tonight. I removed the main piece of fat. I just used a rub, no liquids. It was very tender and juicy! I made a mustard, ACV, ketchup sauce on the side. YUM!

  3. Holy smokes…was this easy…..and tasty!! Came home with some corn tortillas, Pico de gallo and some avacado…..and chowed down. Thanks Robyn.

  4.  I am making this recipe today, but I noticed that my crockpot does not have a warm setting. Will it make a big difference to leave that step out? Or is there anything else you would recommend to do in its place? 

    1. If you don’t have WARM setting, after the cook time has finished, place the pork roast with the juices in a pan, cover with foil and put in oven for 4 hours at 200 degrees.
      Thanks Laura!

  5. I prepared this recipe yesterday Dec 1 Saturday afternoon..I followed the recipe and slow cooked it for 10 hours, and before going to bed i set the oven in low setting 170 degree to be exact and put the meat for 6hours. This recipe is winner!!!! THANK YOU so much for sharing your recipe..i used your dry recipe rub for this meat..We all love it!!!

  6. When I do a butt roast in a smoker I generally apply the rub to the meat and let it set in the fridge for awhile. Would that be an OK thing to do with this method of cooking?

  7. Just put this in the slow cooker. Beautiful looking! Will let you know how it turns out. I’m giving it 5 stars for now, because it was soooooo easy to do. Thanks!

  8. OMG!! This method of cooking the pork butt is spectacular! You barely have to pull with the fork…it’s that tender! Thank you so much for this recipe! My whole family loves it and can’t wait for tomorrow’s leftovers!

  9. First time I tried this recipe, followed instructions EXCEPT I added stock and. Absolutely not necessary. Pork roast turned out melt in your mouth delicious but was sitting in liquid. Second time around, no added liquid and it was fantastic. Cooking another roast tomorrow. This one is 7 lbs so more leftovers. Great, simple, tasty recipe if followed as written. Tomorrow I wont have time for the 4 hours on warm, but it will still taste fabulous. Thanks for sharing!

  10. If I follow your instructions will my roast come out looking as wonderful as yours does? Most slow cooker ones with pictures show their roast as being brown and looking dry and stringy but yours looks moist and pink and tender even though you have a nice crisp looking exterior and a slight char to it. How can I make sure mine will look so great? As you can guess I’m no skilled cook and many times no one but me will eat my food. Can you offer me any things to be careful of to make it look and I’m sure taste as good as yours does? Thank you for your time

    1. Hi Don,
      I have written out exactly what I do along with other tips in my blog post, and more in the recipe instructions. I always advise cooking it Low and Slow and make sure to use the seasonings/dry rub like I’ve done with mine. That also contributes to the amazing color when this pork cooks on low for a long time. I hope these tips help and you enjoy the pork roast! Thanks!

  11. Hi Robyn,

    This lloks absolutely delicious. I am going to try it tonight. Just one question. Do you trim off the fat on the pork or just leave it in? If you leave it in, doyou put the fat face down on the pot or face up? Please help.


    Lucy Conway

    1. Hi Lucy,
      I don’t trim any of the fat from the pork before cooking it. I usually put the fat side down in the slow cooker because I put all my dry rub/seasonings on the top. Enjoy! xo

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