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BBQ Pulled Pork

BBQ Pulled Pork comes together with an easy pork rub and the most delicious homemade bbq sauce. It slow cooks all day, and makes for the perfect pulled pork sandwiches. Your whole family will love this delicious crock pot pulled pork.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq sauce, crockpot meal, sandwich, slow cooker
Servings: 8 people
Author: Lisa Longley


  • 3 pounds pork shoulder

Pork Rub

  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

BBQ Sauce (see note)

  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar packed
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt


  • Four to eight hours before you plan on cooking the pork, make the pork rub. Mix all the ingredients for the pork rub in a small bowl. Spread in generously on all sides of the pork. Refrigerate for 4 to 8 hours (or overnight).
  • To make the BBQ Sauce, combine all the ingredients in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Pour a small amount of the BBQ Sauce in the bottom of your slow cooker. Add the pork shoulder. Pour the remainder of the BBQ Sauce over the top of the pork. Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours. (Or on high for 3 to 4 hours - see the notes in the post about why we prefer on low.)
  • At the end of the cook time, remove the pork from the slow cooker. Using two forks, shred the meat, discarding large pieces of fat. Return the shredded meat to the crock pot to keep warm, or make sandwiches right away, topping them with more BBQ sauce from the crockpot.


We always use our homemade BBQ Sauce when we make this recipe, because we love it. It takes a total of 20 minutes to make. If you would like to skip this step, you can use 2 1/2 cups of your favorite bottled BBQ sauce.