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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Everyone loves this genius 2-ingredient recipe for Slow Cooker Pulled Pork. Since there’s no pre-browning, it’s perfect for busy weeknights and long, delicious weekends… just throw it in and go.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 40 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 45 minutes
Servings 12 servings (1/2 cup each)
Calories 220kcal


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 pounds pork shoulder roast
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce optional


  • In a Dutch oven or large stock pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Sprinkle pork generously with salt on all sides. Add to pot and sear without moving until a dark brown crust forms on one side, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Flip pork over and continue browning on the second side until a dark crust forms, about 4 to 5 minutes longer. Remove from pot and transfer to slow cooker. Pour applesauce over the top.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 to 6 hours or LOW 8 to 10 hours. Using two forks, shred the pork. Pour barbecue sauce on top if using.
  • Cover and cook until barbecue sauce is heated through, about 30 minutes longer. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 542mg | Potassium: 354mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 107IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg