Basic Pulled Pork


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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

I have pretty strong feelings for slow cooked pork. We’re in a pretty serious relationship. Like, me and this Cuban Pork are fully committed and in a Facebook official relationship. The recipe I’m sharing today, this basic, easy pulled pork, is my side piece. Don’t tell my main! No really, this is the easiest recipe for pulled pork. Not a lot of thought or effort goes into this recipe but it packs tons of flavor!

Pulled Pork Spice Blend

The rub I use for this pork is pretty simple. You want some color, some salty stuff, some garlicky stuff, some herby stuff…you know, the usual. One thing I included in the rub as optional is a Goya Sazón seasoning packet. Lets just say I got this tip from a very trustworthy food source and it has not disappointed yet! Of course you can make the pork without it but if you’re grocery shopping and you see a box of Goya sazón packets (the orange box) I recommend grabbing one! or two, or three.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

I like to make a big batch of this pork on Sunday and then use it throughout the week in a variety of ways. I’ll throw some in a skillet to crisp it up a bit and have it with eggs in the morning, use it for sandwiches for lunch and eat it on pizza or in tacos for dinner. And those are just the obvious ways, you can definitely get creative with this pork. Last week I made these insane loaded nachos!

I want to see how creative you get with this pulled pork! Tag #CarolynsCooking on any social media posts!

Recipe Summary

  • Basic Pulled Pork
  • Prep Time
    10 Minutes
    Cook Time
    4 Hours
    Total Time
    4 Hours, 10 Minutes
  • Level: Easy
  • Servings: 6
  • Ingredients:

    Dry Rub

    • 2 Tablespoon coarse salt
    • 1/2 Tablespoon pepper
    • 1/2 Teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 Teaspoon Lawry's seasoned salt
    • 1 Teaspoon paprika
    • 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
    • 1 Packet Goya Sezon (optional)


    • 2-3 Pound Pork Shoulder
    • 1 Yellow onion, sliced
    • 3 Cloves garlic, smashed
    • 1 Tablespoon oil
    • 2 1/2 Cups water
    • 3/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
    • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Instructions:
    1. Pre heat oven to 300
    2. Mix all of the dry ingredients together and rub the pork with it.
    3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large dutch oven. When the oil is hot, sear the pork on all sides. Nestle the onions and garlic around the pork. Add the water and vinegar to the pot along with the bay leaves and bring to a boil.
    4. Cover and place pot in oven. cook for 3-4 hours or until fork tender.

2 Responses to Basic Pulled Pork

  1. I’ve so enjoyed discovering your website! You present beautiful and tasty dishes that are pretty easy to prepare. The first I tried was Orecchiette with Scungilli and Neonata Sauce- I was so sure I could source Neonata and the Scungilli at our deLaurenti’s in the Pike Market in Seattle, but no way. I made my own Neonata out of sauteed fresh red Thai chilis, a bit of onion and anchovie paste, and no Scungilli either so I used Ortiz Bonito Del Norte tuna. What an amazing dish!!!
    Today I found a pork shoulder on sale but it is 9 lbs so I’m prepping that with your basic pork shoulder recipe. Thank you!

    • Carolyn Mazzocco says:

      Hi Mark! I’m so glad you found my site! I love that you made your own neonata sauce, I bet it was delicious! That orecchiette recipe is definitely one of my favorites but I wish the ingredients weren’t so tricky to find. I usually stock up on the neonata from Amazon and luckily, can find scungilli in grocery stores here. Let me know how you like the pork! I just made some yesterday myself!

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