Big V's Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork


A wonderfully easy, exceptionally tender pulled pork recipe. The meat literally falls off the bone and the marinade adds an excellent flavor that can complement any BBQ sauce. This recipe is great if you're looking for a make-ahead meal. Pulled pork is great served on fresh baked rolls or pita bread with sharp cheddar cheese and coleslaw. You can serve the pork as is or mix in your favorite BBQ sauce.

close up view of Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork in a pan
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 hrs
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
18 hrs 15 mins
6 servings


  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer

  • ¼ cup mustard, or to taste

  • ¼ cup honey

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tablespoons crushed garlic, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3 pounds pork picnic roast

  • ¾ cup water (Optional)

  • 1 onion, chopped


  1. Mix beer, mustard, honey, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, cayenne pepper, and salt in a bowl until honey is dissolved. Pour a small amount of the beer marinade into a slow cooker; add pork. Pour remaining marinade over pork. Cover and refrigerate overnight, turning pork occasionally.

  2. Cook pork on Low in the slow cooker for 8 hours, basting occasionally. Add water if the pork becomes dry. Drop onion around pork and continue to cook until pork is very tender, about 2 hours more.

  3. Pull and shred pork with two forks, discarding any pieces of fat. Transfer pork to a serving dish. Skim remaining onion from the slow cooker using a sieve and add to pork.

Cook's Notes:

If frozen, thaw the pork roast in your refrigerator.

For best results the roast should begin marinating the evening before you are planning to serve this dish. Unless you are looking for a lower fat recipe, do not remove the fat from the roast at this point. The fat adds flavor and helps keep the meat moist and tender.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

422 Calories
23g Fat
20g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 422
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 786mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 479mg 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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