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Slow Cooker Easy Pulled Pork Recipe without BBQ Sauce

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This slow cooker easy pulled pork recipe  is so easy & delicious! This pulled pork without barbeque sauce is ready to use in all your recipes! 
A close up of a pulled pork sandwich


One of my all time favorite summertime meals is pulled pork. I love a good pulled pork sandwich – the juices running down your arm as you try to hold you soaked bun into one piece as you savor every bite.


Finished with a cider vinegar sauce, this pulled pork without barbbbqecue sauce is both delightful on its own, or is ready to use a myriad of other recipes!


This easy pulled pork  is made in a slow cooker, so you can have it any day you happen to have electricity (which I hope is every day)! It is easy enough that my husband enjoys making it even without my supervision! Now that’s a great recipe!



A pulled pork sandwich on a plate


How to use Pulled Pork without Barbecue Sauce:

Now that you have your pilled pork, what to do with it? The following are great ideas to use your pulled pork leftovers!

  • add barbecue sauce and serve them as sandwiches!
  • mix it with your macaroni and cheese
  • use it to make nachos
  • stir it into some chili or ramen
  • throw some on top of a salad
  • make a bahn mi sandwich
  • wrap them in dough and make dumplings or empanadas
  • add it into some fried rice
  • bake it into a quiche
  • add it on homemade pizza!
  • make tacos!


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Yield: 8 servings

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

pulled pork on a bun

This slow cooker pulled pork is so easy & delicious! This pulled pork without barbeque sauce is ready to use in all your recipes!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes


  • 3 lbs pork butt (or shoulder)
  • 1 medium white onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp whole cumin seeds, smashed or crushed in either a mortal and pestle or with a meat mallet.
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/ cup water
  • cider vinegar to taste


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Sear the pork on all sides and transfer to a slow cooker.
  3. Turn the heat on the skillet down to medium and add the onion to the residual oil in the pan.
  4. Add the chili powder, smoked paprika, pepper and cumin seeds to the oil and onion in the pan.
  5. Cook about 3 -5 minutes to allow the spices to bloom.
  6. Add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  7. Add the cayenne pepper, brown sugar, worchestershire sauce, salt, and water. Bring to a boil.
  8. Pour the mixture over the meat in the crock pot. Everything EXCEPT the cider vinegar should be in the crock pot now.
  9. Cook on high for one hour, then turn the heat down to low.
  10. Cook 6-8 hours, or until the pork is done.
  11. Carefully transfer the meat only to a large bowl and use tongs or two forks to pull the meat apart.
  12. Strain the cooking liquid and discard the mushy onions.
  13. Reduce the liquid by half until it reaches a slightly thicker consistency.
  14. Remove the liquid from the heat and add cider vinegar to taste.
  15. Pour over the meat.
  16. Serve in buns to make sandwiches.
  17. Enjoy!


We like to add a small amount of chipotle chili pepper to the spice mixture to give it a little heat, but be careful how much you add - it gets hot FAST!
I like to add a bit of ketchup and a little bit more brown sugar to the sauce after it has reduced a bit, to thicken it and give it a bit of a sweeter flavor.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 535Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 159mgSodium: 830mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 44g

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Monday 27th of July 2009

That looks amazing! My husband loves pulled pork and this recipe looks simple and delicious. Yum!

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