My way of making pulled pork is simple: slow cooker, 1 can of beer, a 5 to 6 pound pork butt, seasonings, and a bottle of barbecue sauce. My beer choice is Shiner Bock®. My seasoning choices are salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. My barbecue sauce choice is Sweet Baby Ray's®. Just put it in a slow cooker before you go to bed and when you wake up the magic has happened. See for yourself. This recipe is perfect for a party, and you can even prepare 2 and feed around 30 people. Serve on onion or hamburger buns.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 hrs
total:
10 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Set the slow cooker to High.

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  • Place the pork in the slow cooker. Season top of pork with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Pour beer into the bottom of the slow cooker and place the lid on the slow cooker crock.

  • Cook pork on High for 1 hour. Reduce slow cooker heat to Low and cook for at least 8 hours or overnight.

  • Remove pork from the slow cooker and shred with two forks. Discard juices and rinse out slow cooker crock. Return shredded pork to slow cooker and stir barbeque sauce into pork.

  • Cook on Medium for 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

209 calories; protein 14.5g; carbohydrates 8.7g; fat 11.8g; cholesterol 53.3mg; sodium 568.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2014
You had me at Shiner Bock :) I made a few changes because I needed half the pork without BBQ sauce, so I wanted a bit more seasoning. Used a pork shoulder because that all the grocery store had. Doubled the spices listed, plus added 2 tsp of hot paprika and 1/2 tsp of cayenne. I put half of an onion sliced in the bottom of the crock pot with some sliced garlic, put the pork fat side down on top of the onion/garlic, rubbed the three sides of the pork with the spices, poured in the beer and threw in a few drops of liquid smoke. Went to bed and when I woke up, I had the most delicious pork I've ever made. Easiest thing I've made in a very long time! Used Stubbs Original sauce on the half that got sauce, but with the pumped up spices, the pork without sauce makes amazing tacos :) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/27/2015
Not bad overall. I think it's a terrible idea to discard the juices. I put the juices into a fat separator, then put them into a separate pan on the stove (on low), and mix in 1/2 the bottle of BBQ sauce. That made for a richer taste that isn't overpowered by BBQ sauce. Also, when you return the meat to the slow cooker and mix the juice/sauce mix back in, no reason to cook it for another hour. Just heat it through if it cooled down during the shredding process. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/27/2015
Not bad overall. I think it's a terrible idea to discard the juices. I put the juices into a fat separator, then put them into a separate pan on the stove (on low), and mix in 1/2 the bottle of BBQ sauce. That made for a richer taste that isn't overpowered by BBQ sauce. Also, when you return the meat to the slow cooker and mix the juice/sauce mix back in, no reason to cook it for another hour. Just heat it through if it cooled down during the shredding process. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2014
You had me at Shiner Bock :) I made a few changes because I needed half the pork without BBQ sauce, so I wanted a bit more seasoning. Used a pork shoulder because that all the grocery store had. Doubled the spices listed, plus added 2 tsp of hot paprika and 1/2 tsp of cayenne. I put half of an onion sliced in the bottom of the crock pot with some sliced garlic, put the pork fat side down on top of the onion/garlic, rubbed the three sides of the pork with the spices, poured in the beer and threw in a few drops of liquid smoke. Went to bed and when I woke up, I had the most delicious pork I've ever made. Easiest thing I've made in a very long time! Used Stubbs Original sauce on the half that got sauce, but with the pumped up spices, the pork without sauce makes amazing tacos :) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/13/2014
I used Stubbs original bbq sauce and just made a few adjustments to seasoning for a 8lb pork shoulder butt . Completely fell off the bone very tender! My kitchen smelled like marriage proposals in the morning. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/29/2014
This recipe was extremely easy. The pork practically shredded itself. I couldn't even lift it out of the crock without it falling apart. The only thing I will say is the meat itself really had no flavor before you put the sauce on it. I would have liked it to have a little something on its own with out the sauce. After cooking in the sauce, it tasted wonderful. I would recommend adding liquid smoke, brown sugar, or cola to the mix to give it a little more dimension. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2014
Simply excellent. Never thought I'd be able to make pulled pork at home in a slow cooker! - this is something we normally enjoy eating out. But this time I happened to have some pork shoulder in freezer, it was snowy winter day and comfort food was calling my name. This pulled pork was almost as good as my brother in law's BBQ pork which he makes using outdoor smoker. Well, let me tell you - I was very proud of my pulled pork it was delicious! I didn't have any onion powder so just omitted it, used Kraft's BBQ sauce and added a little of BBQ seasoning. Next time I would probably add some liquid smoke just to add that smokiness to the flavor. Otherwise - thanks to the author for the great recipe and I highly recommend it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2017
This was wonderful! Made as is it is just perfect and tender. If you like it a little more sweet and spicy I also added 1/4 c. Honey 3 Tbsp. Brown Sugar and 1 tsp. Cayenne pepper to the BBQ sauce. Tasted GREAT! I'll definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2015
I made this for a large group of guests who came to our home to watch the Sugar Bowl. I made it exactly as described except I used a gluten free beer (Redbridge) and omitted the salt because of dietary restrictions. The butt was 5.5 lbs and required 12 hours on low. I turned it once after 7 or 8 hours. It was so tender that I had to remove it from the slow cooker in pieces with a spatula. I cooked the meat (carefully trimmed of any remaining fat or membranes and then pulled with two forks) with 12 oz. of Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce as described. I left it on low in the crockpot for 2-3 hours instead of the recommended one hour and some of the sauce caramelized on the side of the crock. It would probably be better to stick to one hour or to stir the meat and sauce occationally. The result was superb. I've made pulled pork dozens of times following several different recipes and this recipe is far and away the best. It was even a pretty good antidote for the pain we experienced as we watched Ohio State beat up on the Crimson Tide. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2014
Followed the recipe including the brand of sauce. Came out awesome. I've make pulled pork before in the slow cooker - but just as important as the seasonings is the step of removing the excess fat from the meat when you shred it. Beer added a certain je ne sais quoi, but it was subtle and outstanding flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2014
I'm so glad that you liked this easy recipe Nodira M Laga10 and vlr! I like your ideas about additional seasonings too-thanks for taking the time to rate and review it. Read More
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