Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Orange Juice


'Discovered' this by accident when starting the pork butt about 10 p.m. one night (the butt was still partially frozen). Started with the basics, but decided to add the stone ground mustard and the orange juice on a whim. Husband loves it, so I must have been inspired.

close up view of Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Orange Juice in a bowl with lettuce
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 15 mins
8 servings


  • 1 (5 pound) pork butt roast

  • 1 cup water

  • ½ cup orange juice

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 ½ tablespoons minced garlic

  • 1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard, or more to taste

  • 1 large sweet onion (such as Vidalia®), chopped


  1. Place pork butt in a slow cooker with the fattier side facing upwards. Pour water and orange juice into the slow cooker. Season pork and liquid with salt and pepper.

  2. Mix garlic and mustard together in a small bowl; spread over the top of the pork butt. Sprinkle onion over the pork.

  3. Cook on Low, turning the butt a few times, until the meat falls apart easily when pulled with a fork, 6 to 8 hours.

  4. Remove pork from slow cooker; allow to sit until cool enough to handle. Trim away and discard any visible chunks of fat. Shred remaining pork into strands. Return shredded pork to the slow cooker; stir. Remove portions of pork from slow cooker with a slotted spoon to serve.

Cook's Notes:

I used the jarred minced garlic; worked fine.

Started with partially frozen roast at 10 p.m.; removed about 3 p.m. the next day. Just be sure to turn it over a couple of times.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

381 Calories
27g Fat
4g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 381
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 112mg 37%
Sodium 111mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 10mg 51%
Calcium 42mg 3%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 476mg 10%

* 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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