Easy slow cooker pork shoulder is excellent for making delicious pulled pork sandwiches or serving as an entree. Serve over rice or with Hawaiian sweet bread for a yummy little sandwich. I like to top the pulled pork with sliced roasted red peppers, blue cheese, and chimichurri sauce to make a delicious sandwich with Argentinean flavor.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
8 hrs
total:
8 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
14
Yield:
14 servings
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Ingredients

14
Original recipe yields 14 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pat pork shoulder dry and place in a slow cooker. Pour root beer over pork.

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  • Mix together brown sugar, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and oregano in a small bowl until thoroughly combined. Sprinkle on top of pork and rub lightly until entire surface of pork is coated.

  • Cook on Low for 5 hours. Switch to High and cook until meat is tender and can easily be pulled apart with a fork, about 3 hours more. Carefully remove pork and shred with 2 forks. Drizzle some liquid from the slow cooker over pork to moisten.

Nutrition Facts

170 calories; protein 11.9g 24% DV; carbohydrates 6g 2% DV; fat 10.8g 17% DV; cholesterol 44.7mg 15% DV; sodium 536.5mg 22% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2020
Delicious! I used an electric multi cooker for this. I set it for 5 hours Slow Cook on “normal” then 2 hours on “more” and the pork literally fell apart when touched with a fork. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 5
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2020
Delicious! I used an electric multi cooker for this. I set it for 5 hours Slow Cook on “normal” then 2 hours on “more” and the pork literally fell apart when touched with a fork. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/17/2020
First of all, I have not eaten pork in over 30 years, so I made it with turkey tenderloin. The smell of it cooking all day was heavenly! I probably should have checked it more often toward the end of the cooking, because it was beginning to scorch. The turkey was bit drier than the pork might have been, but it was still very good. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2020
Delicious and super easy in the cooker! Even my non meateater Wife loved the taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2020
Great flavor. I added liquid smoke and adobo chili powder for a more smoky flavor. It was delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2020
This was very tasty and super tender. The only thing I changed is the salt. I reducedit to 2tsps. This is definitely a keeper. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/09/2020
I thought it was very good overall. Next time, I will reduce the amount of cumin in half, as I thought it overpowered the other spices too much. I did reduce the brown sugar to 1 T since I added BBQ sauce at the end and did not need any more sweetener. I will note that I used a frozen pork shoulder and it cooked just fine in even less time than recommended in the recipe. Was super easy to shred at the end. I used a homemade BBQ sauce. Yum. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/13/2020
I make a variation of this in my electric pressure cooker. Cut the shoulder into large pieces. When you go to shred it use the Kitchen Aid mixer. Mix for about 20-25 seconds or so. Done! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2020
So good! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2020
This recipe was so good and it out perfect. Read More
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