This delicious Pork Roast recipe is so easy to make in the slow cooker! It’s a simple favorite that makes the Best Pulled Pork to use in so many dishes!

Perfect Pulled Pork Recipe - This simple slow cooker pork roast recipe makes the most amazing pulled pork! So easy! //
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork. A simple pork recipe prepared in the slow cooker. Easy and delicious for tons of favorite pulled pork recipes. //

Perfect Pork Roast – This simple slow cooker Pork Roast recipe makes the most amazing Pulled Pork! And it’s so easy!

If your family enjoys pork dishes, you really do want to give this pork roast recipe a try. It is the most simple and easy way to make the best pulled pork. And the slow cooker does most of the work!

Pork Roast (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. Everyone loves the moist, scrumptious pulled pork it makes and rave over it every time I serve it. So even though it’s incredibly easy to make, I get to take all the credit for it.

Seriously though, I’ve made this so many times, have found the best cuts of pork to use and the right blend of ingredients to use in this slow cooker recipe. I’ve tested the recipe so many times to know exactly how to slow cook it so that it is so very tender and not tough. So, I think it really is a fair partnership that my slow cooker and I have in making this delicious pork roast recipe. And it results in the best pulled pork I’ve ever tasted!

How to Make the Best Pulled Pork

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.

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.

Photograph of cooked pork roast in a white baking dish.

The Best Cut of Pork for Pulled Pork

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 ratio of fat to meat to allow the roast to keep its flavor and become extremely tender. This makes such delicious pulled pork!

How to Cook

To make this, you’ll need at least a 6-quart slow cooker that has a tight fitting lid. I have found that one with a WARM setting works perfectly for this recipe.


This pork roast recipe is simple and doesn’t include a lot of ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need to make it.

  • Boston Butt,
  • Worcestershire (or coconut aminos if sensitive to soy),
  • dry rub

I don’t add any other liquids.

Once I have my Boston butt roast (or shoulder blade roast), I place it into my slow cooker with the fat facing up. This allows the fat to drizzle down the sides of the roast as it cooks for amazing flavor and tenderness. I don’t brown my pork prior to placing in my slow cooker.

Once the roast is in the slow cooker, add the Worcestershire or coconut aminos until well-covered. Then season well with dry rub.

Cook it Low and Slow

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 8-10 hours for the best pulled pork.

I actually like to put it into my slow cooker as I’m going to bed at night. Then I wake up with my night’s supper done before I even have my breakfast.

Then, I’ll leave it set to 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 melt in your mouth!

But of course you can start it in the morning and have it cook all day while you go about your activities. It’s delicious either way!

The pork is done when the internal temperature reaches 190 degrees to 205 degrees Fahrenheit. Once done, remove from slow cooker and let rest for 5-10 minutes.

Then slice or shred with forks and serve as desired.

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

Favorite Ways to Serve Pork Roast

There are so many ways to serve this pork and my family enjoys eating this often! It’s delicious in Pulled Pork Quesadillas, or alongside some savory Baked Beans and Southern Potato Salad. And my family and friends especially love when I make Pulled Pork Sandwiches with a scoop of crunchy Coleslaw piled on top or served on the side! The meal options are endless – it’s even delicious scooped on top of a House Salad for a simple lunch or supper.

Freezer Instructions

Pulled Pork freezes well. After your pork has completely cooled, place in an airtight freezer container and store for up to 2 months.

So now that I’ve shared a few secrets with you, I can’t wait to hear how you like this pork roast!

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! //

Pork Roast Recipe

Pork Roast Recipe – This delicious Pork Roast recipe is so easy to make in the slow cooker! It's a simple favorite that makes the Best Pulled Pork to use in so many dishes!
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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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Perfect Pulled Pork Recipe - This simple slow cooker recipe makes the most amazing pulled pork! So easy! //

Originally published 2012.

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536 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. So tender! Flavorful! Easy! I’m going to add some extra brown sugar next time for a little sweeter BBQ flavor.

  2. I have made pulled pork several times, different recipes etc. This is the best! I was apprehensive with such few ingredients and such a long cook time, I was afraid it would be dry or not have enough flavor. I followed the directions as written, perfect! I’m glad I found this recipe.

    1. Did you use a boneless or bone-in roast? I bought an 8 lb. pork shoulder, bone-in, on sale…….how long would I cook, it the same length of time that you have in your recipe, or longer?

    2. Vicki, I used a boneless roast in this recipe. I would cook an 8-pound roast on low setting for 12-14 hours, until the internal temperature reaches between 190º – 205ºF.

    1. Scott, I don’t recommend cooking this on High temp. I’ve found the pork is not as tender.

  3. Robyn, thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe! I made it the other night and was able to fit the entire bone in pork shoulder picnic (almost 10-pounder) in my slow cooker; it cooked for 12 hours on low! My son makes his own spice rub and he helped me spread the rub over the entire roast and we added a small amount of liquid consisting of apple cider & apple cider vinegar as well as a couple of pats of butter. We then made our own BBQ sauce from the liquid and served the meat in tortilla wraps with a side dish of veggies! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DELICIOUS! I will definitely make this again (this was my first time making such a large roast!) Happy Holidays to you! May the New Year bring you health, peace & joy! Thanks again for the great recipe!

  4. The roast turned out perfect! It made a lot, so I will freeze some in my food saver bags. I had my own rub I made before and used that. I tried some liquid smoke, ( just a little) but next time I’d use more. I’m a big fan of crockpots and this a super recipe to use…

  5. Love the recipe but since I don’t have a slow cooker I use my oven. 400 for the first 30 minutes then 3 to 4 hours at 200. It’s done when a fork makes it fall apart. So good! It’s the base for so many recipes I make I try to have it around a lot. I keep servings in the freezer so I always have options for dinner.

  6. Just made this! I’m in love! I don’t think I’ll ever use another recipe. I have an instant pot. I cooked it for 9 1/2 hrs. on warm, then stewed it for 20 min. on 200. So tender!

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