Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

‘Tis the season for big family and friend gatherings, and after that long year-plus of Covid times we are all ready to eat, drink, dance, and laugh together. And besides loved ones, what’s the most important thing about said gatherings? The food, of course!

This slow cooker pulled pork is perfect for big gatherings because it’s super easy and hands-off. All you do is toss everything together in a slow cooker in the morning and it’s magically delicious by evening. I serve my pulled pork on burger buns and topped with a very simple coleslaw. This is one of those meals that takes you back to your childhood summers. It certainly isn’t fancy or complicated; it’s just good food.


1 3-4 lb. pork shoulder, trimmed

1 onion, finely diced

¾ c. ketchup

3 Tbsp. tomato paste

2 Tbsp. honey

1 Tbsp. brown sugar

¼ c. apple cider vinegar 

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

2 tsp. paprika

2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp cumin

Salt and pepper

Burger buns, for serving

Coleslaw, for serving

Season the pork with salt and pepper. 

Combine the onion, ketchup, tomato paste, honey, brown sugar, vinegar, Dijon mustard, paprika, garlic powder, and cumin in a slow cooker. Stir to combine. Add the pork and cover with the mixture using your hands. 

Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 5-6 hours, or until the meat is very tender and can easily be shredded with a fork. Shred all of the pork and transfer to a serving bowl. 

Serve on buns with coleslaw. 

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