Slow cooker pulled pork: the ultimate recipe for pulled pork burgers, tacos, and more

This slow cooker pulled pork recipe delivers the ultimate party-friendly meat that goes with virtually anything – and a little goes a long way

Slow cooker pulled pork
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The ultimate slow cooker pulled pork recipe is here: and it's probably the easiest slow cooker recipe ever. We don't say that lightly, but you really can pretty much throw any ingredients you have in your kitchen at it, and it'll still be nice. 

You will need a large slow cooker for this recipe – or for any slow cooker meat recipe, for that matter. Take a peek at our best buys or scroll for the latest slow cooker sale offers. Just below, you'll find our delicious recipe.

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Slow cooker pulled pork recipe

The joy of this recipe is that the ingredient list is very flexible. Essentially, to make pulled pork, you need something to season it and something acidic to break down the protein, which is what delivers the falling-off-the-bone tenderness. So, if you don't have one of the ingredients on our list, you can almost certainly replace it with something similar.

Without further ado, the rough ingredient list for this recipe is:

  • Pork shoulder, 500-750 grams, with the fat trimmed off
  • Dry white wine/apple cider vinegar/ketchup, 250ml – either of these acidic ingredients will do
  • Stock, chicken or vegetable, 250 ml
  • Salt, to taste
  • Onion, finely chopped, one
  • Garlic, four cloves
  • Paprika, two teaspoons

Method:

1. Rub a generous amount of salt and paprika (or meat spice rub) into the pork before placing it into the slow cooker. This is supposed to be a salty, flavoursome meat, so don't hold back on the salt, or it could turn out bland.

2. In a pouring jug, combine the stock, the acidifier (wine/vinegar/ketchup), the onion, and the stock. 

3. Place the pork inside the cooker, then pour over the mixture. Tuck in the garlic cloves. Set on a low setting and cook for six to eight hours, until the meat is easily pulled away with a fork. 

4. Serve with warmed mini tortillas, coleslaw, lime and coriander (as shown in the photo), or with a brioche bun, slaw, and sweet pickled gherkins.

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