Carolina Style Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Easy Carolina Style Slow Cooker Pulled Pork. Rich spices and tangy broth make this pulled pork recipe fork-tender in a slow cooker. Tender flaky pulled pork.
Within this post you’ll learn how to make easy Carolina Style Slow Cooker Pulled Pork. Just a simple mixture of spices and liquid broth is all that’s needed to enjoy this Southern inspired recipe. You can even cook overnight or while you’re at work.
Today is a big day for me, it’s my first slow cooker recipe on the blog! After a year of food blogging I’ve yet to post one. I have a good reason for this, as I only recently bought a slow cooker. It’s been on my wishlist forever and finally made it’s way into my kitchen. Now I’m a bit obsessed. I made this Carolina Style Slow Cooker Pulled Pork recipe, chicken adobo, carnitas (twice), and bone broth. You may have noticed those aren’t linked to actual recipes yet. They will be soon enough.
I’ve been posting plenty of barbecue recipes, like my Best Bacon and Cheddar Stuffed Burger, or these Easy Oven Baked Honey BBQ Chicken Drumsticks. Even though we’re in the middle of a (mostly) beautiful Summer here in California, I’m still excited about my slow cooker. It’s so easy to cook with and meat comes out so tender!
It literally shreds apart with a simple pull of a fork. Carolina Style Pulled Pork is a quintessential Summer recipe, and you can make it any time in a slow cooker, even while you’re at work or out of the house.
This slow cooker pulled pork recipe is especially simple, but don’t let that food you into thinking the taste is simple. Carolina Style Pulled Pork is a mixture of bold spices rubbed onto the roast. It’s then slow cooked, partially submerged in liquid to keep it moist and tender.
The key ingredient is apple cider vinegar. This adds that familiar tang to the pulled pork. I was amazed at how simple and flavorful Carolina Style Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is, and I’m sure you will be too. Next week I’ll post a Pulled Pork Sliders recipe you can make from this; you don’t want to miss it.
Cooking Tips: Cook meats on low with a slow cooker to keep them tender
Cooking on low with a slow cooker is one of the easiest ways for tender, pull-apart pork (and other meats). This pulled pork recipe is best if cooked for at least 6 hours, preferably 8.
I was a bit anxious and checked it at the 4 hour mark. It was completely cooked, but still a bit tough and not flaky at all. Cooking longer breaks down the protein in the meat, which give you that fork-tender texture. Cooking with liquid in a sealed slow cooker keeps the meat from drying out.
What’s the difference between a slow cooker and a Crock-Pot? Not much, and they’re basically interchangeable according the the Kitchn. I’ll be posting a detailed slow cooker infographic post soon with more tips as well as hacks to get the most out of it.
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Carolina Style Slow Cooker Pulled Pork recipe at-a-glance:
Flavor profiles: Meaty, savory, slightly sweet and delightfully tangy.
Texture: Tender, moist, and pull-apart flaky.
Dietary Options/Substitutions: Make sure your Worcestershire sauce and mustard is gluten-free.
- 2–3 pounds pork shoulder butt roast
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar, separated
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
- 1 tablespoon brown mustard
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- If pork roast is frozen, defrost in fridge. Trim off any large sections of fat.
- In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons brown sugar, and smoked paprika, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Rub spice mixture all over the roast until it's soaked in. Place onions in a layer on the bottom of slow cooker, place roast on top.
- In small bowl, mix together remaining ingredients from apple cider vinegar to ground mustard, plus leftover tablespoon of brown sugar. Gently pour liquid over roast. You should have about 2 inches of liquid on bottom; if not add a bit of water.
- Cook covered on low for 7–8 hours, until pulled pork is tender. Shred pork in slow cooker with a fork until flaked. Stir into liquid to incorporate flavor. Let sit for about 30 minutes, drain liquid and serve.
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