Let's talk crock pot pulled pork! Crock pots are my favorite thing especially in the winter with 2 kids at home and crap load of things to get done living in a frozen tundra (Minnesota) where you have limited daylight in the winter. (I have a love-hate relationship with this state honestly). So the crock pot is my savior. Days where I need to go out all day or even just in the afternoon or I just know I won't have time in the evening for dinner (or if I'm just not about it that day), the crock pot gets pulled out and yummy things go inside to cook for me while I conveniently forget about them and can go about my day with one less thing to worry about.
How to make Pulled Pork
This crock pot pulled pork is a staple for those long days. We get the pork sirloin roasts at Costco super cheap and there are about 4 of them in a pack. Great deal and lasts the whole month, sometimes longer. So this is one of the things we do with them- make pulled pork.
I like to cut into the pork first just to make sure all the yummy sauce flavor gets into the meat as far as it can go. I cut down the middle once and then across 2-3 times. Cut about half way down, not all the way. This really helps the meat get tender and fall apart ready, quicker.
The BBQ sauce we use on the pulled pork is usually our own homemade Maple Chili BBQ sauce or the Carolina BBQ sauce linked in the recipe above. Either way this pulled pork is delicious. If you can, try to marinate it the night before you want to cook it to really increase the flavor. The longer it cooks the more pull apart/fall apart tender it will be. 5-6 hours is a really good time but longer is always ok too. If you are going to have it cooking for 8 hours or more, I would set it on low instead of high. Once it's done you will have pulled pork for sandwiches, tacos, pizza, soups, etc.
Shredding Pulled Pork
The best way that I've found to shred your crock pot pulled pork is just with two forks. In a different post for Asian Chicken Tacos, I use an electric beater to shred the chicken up really nicely and easily. That does not work with pork. Even though the meat is super tender by the end of this and it falls right apart, it's still too thick of a meat to just pulverize with the electric hand mixer. That's what I have found at least! If you have a trick to this, let me know in the comments 😉
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Try this pulled pork on our BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza or on some hamburger buns with some Maple Chili BBQ Sauce! Whatever you use it for, enjoy this super easy meal of pork goodness all year long 🙂
- 1 Pork Sirloin Tip Roast
- ½ cup Carolina BBQ Sauce
- On a large cutting board cut into the pork roast about half way through, all the way down the middle. Make 3 notches across this so it looks like a grid. (Optional: Marinate in the BBQ sauce of choice over night)
- Place into the crock pot with cut side up and pour the BBQ sauce over the top so that it flows into the cuts in the meat.
- Set the Crock Pot on high for 5-6 hours.
- Pull/Shred the pork with a fork. Stir together with the juices and sauce in the pot and enjoy!