- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 5–6 lbs. bone-in pork shoulder (or 4–5lbs. boneless pork shoulder)
- ½ medium white onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, smashed and diced
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup bbq sauce (+ more for serving)
- 1/4 cup bourbon*
- 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
- Add the chili powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cumin, mustard powder, thyme, brown sugar, salt, and pepper to a bowl and mix until well combined.
- Sprinkle the spice mixture evenly over the pork and massage the spices into the pork. Be sure the spices are covering the pork.
- Heat a large cast iron skillet over high heat and add olive oil.
- When the olive oil is fragrant add the pork to the skillet. Brown for 2-4 minutes on each side (8-10 minutes in total).
- Meanwhile, add the onion, garlic, apple cider vinegar, barbecue sauce, bourbon, and Worcestershire to a bowl and mix until combined. Set aside.
- When the pork is browned, place the pork into the slow cooker and pour the barbecue sauce over the pork.
- Set the slow cooker to low heat and cook for 6-8 hours or until the pork shreds easily with a fork.
- When the pork is cooked, remove it from the slow cooker and place it into a casserole dish or a plate with edges and shred the pork. Remove the bone (if using a bone-in pork shoulder) and any excess fat and discard.
- The amount of sauce left in the slow cooker varies by what type of pork shoulder is used. About 1-1.5 cups of the barbecue sauce mixture is ideal to mix with the shredded pork. You can also add more bbq sauce if you wish.
- Add the pork and the sauce that is being used back into the slow cooker and mix.
- Serve over Hawaiian buns or on a tortilla
Tips & Notes
- Can’t do bourbon? Swap it for broth of water.
- The larger the pork shoulder you use, the longer your pork will need to cook.
Nutrition FactsServing Size: 1/10 Calories: 483 Sugar: 6 Fat: 33 Carbohydrates: 11 Fiber: 1 Protein: 28
Keywords: slow cooker pulled pork, pulled pork crock pot