Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork Shoulder


Very tasty, very easy pork shoulder recipe. It practically pulls itself. Great for sandwiches, burritos, or with rice. Serve in sandwich buns with your favorite barbecue sauce, if you're so-inclined.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs
Additional Time:
12 hrs
Total Time:
20 hrs 10 mins
3 1/3 pounds pulled pork


  • 1 (3 pound) pork shoulder

  • 4 cups water, or as needed

  • 8 cups white vinegar, or as needed

  • ¼ cup kosher salt

  • 1 large onion, cut into 8 wedges

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • ½ cup brown sugar


  1. Place the pork shoulder into the ceramic bowl of a slow cooker. Pour enough water and white vinegar into the slow cooker to assure the pork is completely covered, maintaining a 2-to-1 ratio of vinegar to water. Add the salt. Put the ceramic bowl in the refrigerator and allow the pork to marinate at least 12 hours and up to 24 hours.

  2. Drain enough of the liquid from the ceramic bowl until about 1/2-inch of pork is left exposed. Add the onion to the remaining liquid. Season the exposed surface of the pork with the cumin, mustard, chili powder, and brown sugar. Place the bowl into the base of the slow cooker and cook on High until the pork is tender and falls apart easily, 8 to 10 hours.

  3. Carefully remove the pork to a cutting board; shred the meat into strands using a pair of forks. Remove and discard any excess fat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

235 Calories
13g Fat
13g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 235
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 2333mg 101%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 260mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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