Southern Style Pulled Pork BBQ- Slow Cooker Recipe


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Southern Style Pulled Pork BBQ- Slow Cooker Recipe

First of all, let me start this by stating that there is no such thing as bad barbecue! Whatever barbecue you have in your region, whatever barbecue is your favorite, whatever barbecue you think is the best in the world, I will stand up next to you and declare with my dying breath that you are absolutely right.

Pulled pork barbecue is pretty much heaven on a bun as far as I’m concerned and it seems every region has their own way of doing it. Where I am from, the barbecue is smoked and juicy, served as pictured here or with a little bit of clear mild vinegar sauce poured over it, perhaps some of our white bbq sauce. In my husband’s home its served slathered in a thick layer of sweet red barbecue sauce, like the bottled sauce you buy in the stores.

Last year I showed you how to make the barbecue sauce pulled pork in your slow cooker so if that is the kind you prefer, click here to visit that post (and you can make it with pork or beef). Today I’m going to show you how to make the juicy kind like we get in bbq places around my home, but instead of smoking it (because I can think of a few things I’d rather do than stand over a fire in this heat) we’re gonna cook it overnight in our slow cooker.

This is part of my mission this week to bring you an entire Fourth of July menu that doesn’t require an oven or a grill. In my next post I’ll be bringing you the vinegar slaw pictured on this sandwich and then we’ll wind the week up with a great dessert that can easily be made into a lighter version for those of us watching our sugar or fully sweet for those who just want to indulge.

Now, lets make barbecue!

You’ll need: A pork roast (about five pounds), salt, pepper, brown sugar, cider vinegar, crushed red pepper flakes, and hot sauce.

Don’t worry, this barbecue is not spicy, but you can make it spicy if you like.

Place your pork roast in the slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper.

Pepper wanted it’s picture in here too…

Pour in your cider vinegar over it and put lid on. Cook on low for twelve hours.

Now I know some of y’all are wondering if this bbq is going to have a vinegar taste to it and it really doesn’t. The vinegar helps to bring out the natural flavors of the meat beautifully though. Also, you’re not going to wake up to a vinegar smelling house. I only say this because I remember the first time I made it I was worried about that!

This is how it will look when it is done.

I like to cook mine overnight and then you can shred it and put it back in with the little sauce we’re going to make and just let it be on warm until lunch time. You can also store it in the fridge when you finish the last step and heat it in the microwave whenever you’re ready for it.

Take it out of the juices after twelve hours and shred with a fork. You’re going to be surprised at how it just falls apart.

Reserve two cups of the juices from the slow cooker and discard the rest.

To those two cups of liquid add hot sauce,

crushed pepper flakes…

(no this isn’t going to be spicy at all, just flavorful. If you want a spicier bbq, I suggest doubling the pepper flakes and tripling the hot sauce)

and brown sugar.

Stir that up well

Return shredded pork to the slow cooker.

Pour sauce mixture over it and give it a good stir.

Place lid back on and leave on warm until ready to serve.

Serve topped with vinegar slaw, that recipe is coming up on my next post!

I eat mine just like this but if you like you can serve it with white bbq sauce, your favorite bottled red bbq sauce (such as Kraft BBQ Sauce), or even ketchup. Whatever cranks yer tractor! There is no wrong way to eat good bbq!

Southern Style Pulled Pork BBQ
  • Pork Roast (approximately 5 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1½ cups cider vinegar (that is one and a half cups, not eleven cups ~giggle~)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  1. Put roast in slow cooker and sprinkle salt and pepper over. Pour cider vinegar over. Cover with lid and cook on low for twelve hours (I cook it overnight). Remove pork roast and shred with forks (this will be very easy). Drain juices from slow cooker, reserving two cups of liquid. Return pork to slow cooker. To the reserved liquid add: Brown sugar, hot sauce, and crushed pepper flakes. Stir well. Pour over shredded pork and place lid back on. Place on low or warm setting until ready to serve. Can be made ahead of time and refrigerated, reheating in the microwave.
  2. I estimate this to make enough for about eight sandwiches, give or take.
  3. *This sauce is not spicy. If you prefer a spicier sauce double the hot sauce and crushed red pepper flakes. Add more to taste.

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  1. Susanna Earnest says

    I made this for Father’s day today. I put it in the crockpot last night and we ate it for lunch today. The taste and texture of it was absolutely perfect. But I have to tell you–when I woke up, my house DID smell like apple cider vinegar!!! I was a little nervous to try it, but I am very happy to report that, though while it was cooking it smelled like apple cider vinegar, it tasted absolutely amazing!!!! Thanks for the recipe!!

  2. cheryl says

    Made this last Feb for my babies 1st b-day with family over. My mom and dad didn’t believe we made it… thought it was Whitt’s BBQ. Now we did get lazy and get Whitt’s slaw for the sandwiches. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Ashley H. says

    Im cooking it right now and well the house does smell like cider vinegar. :-( I was going to cook my mother-in-laws family recipe but she didnt give it to me till like 5 min ago. And I coudlnt wait amy lomger. I hope mine taste as good as the family recipe or even better. Lol haha I hope it dont taste like the smell lol

  4. Lisa says

    Hi Christy, I absolutely love your blog and all of your recipes!
    This sounds amazing! I have a question though. I don’t have any regular cider vinegar, but I have some apple cider vinegar. Would that make it too sweet?

  5. Diane Tompkins says

    Christy, I just love your web site. I can feel our spirits connect just reading some of the inspirational things you write. I love your recipes also and the history behind them. Thank you. Also could you send me the recipe for Dr. Pepper bbq sauce? Thank you so much.

  6. Bruce Hill says

    Ok, I haven’t even had breakfast yet, and this is making my mouth water big time!
    I live in SC and love all types of BBQ. Just saw some Boston Butts on sale yesterday, and am going back in a while to get one of those bad boys for next weekend. Superbowl BBQ…..oh yes! Thanks for another great recipe Christy! Will save ya a sammich or three! ;D

  7. Susan says

    I make my own pulled pork BBQ in a slow cooker all the time, except I use a different recipe using a good bottled BBQ sauce (you could make your own, if you’re so inclined) and a can of cola and a few little extras. Super easy, doesn’t heat up the kitchen, makes a ton, and everyone loves it. I think I will borrow from your recipe and kick it up a notch with some hot sauce. I think I would like your recipe because I like a vinegar-based sauce but my family prefers something a little sweeter. Your recipes never let me down!

  8. Brittany says

    I absolutely loved this recipe. It was so simple and tasty. Next time I’m going to make it with my other favorite, your scalloped potatoes! Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. JohnB says

    Well…I’m 2 for 2 with your recipes…made two and loved them both! I loved waking up this morning to the aroma of an Eastern North Carolina BBQ joint filling my home. Maybe the best bbq pork I’ve ever made that wasn’t cooked in a smoker…and a lot easier than cooking in a smoker.

  10. Barbara says

    I am sorry but I didn’t like this recipe. It may be something I did wrong. The pork shredded fine, but was cooked in 9 hours. I added the sauce as directed and decided to refrigerate. Then I reheated it and it had a bad odor and a off taste. I did love your baked beans.


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