Crock Pot Pulled Pork Loin

Healthy and low fat "pulled" pork from a pork loin using a slow cooker is almost no work recipe with these easy step by step photo instructions. Use it for BBQ, use it for Mexican or anywhere you want a moist and tasty shredded pork.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: BBQ
Keyword: Crock Pot Pork Loin, Pulled Pork, Tex-Mex Pork
Servings: 8
Calories: 226
Author: Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan


  • 2 1/2 to 3 pounds pork loin
  • 1 onion small diced
  • 14 oz beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For Mexican

  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 cup medium salsa

!For BBQ

  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke optional
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce


  • Start with about 2 1/2-3 pounds of pork loin. That is half of most pork lions. The other half will freeze well.
  • Trim the pork loin and cut into four equal slices.
  • Chop a small onion.
  • To a medium to large size crock pot add one 14 oz can of beef broth, the chopped small onion, 2 tablespoons chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon cumin for Mexican or 1 teaspoon liquid smoke for BBQ (optional).
  • Place the loin in the crock pot. Cook on high for 3-4 hours until falling apart.
  • Remove the pork and shred with a fork.
  • Move all the brazing liquid to a bowl.
  • Add the shredded pork back to the slow cooker. Add back about 1/2 cup of the braising liquid per pound of pork. So I started with 3 pounds and added back 1 1/2 cup. You may need a little more or less. Test the moisture and add a bit more if needed.
  • If doing Mexican, you can add a cup of salsa. Add 1 cup BBQ sauce if your choice is BBQ. Continue to cook on low for another 30-60 minutes.


Pro Tips:

  1. This is a great recipe for half of a whole pork loin 2 1/2 to 3 pounds. But it fills a large crockpot. It needs to touch the bottom.
  2. Use the provided options for BBQ or Tex-Mex.
  3. I have had a few pork loins that are just tough. Maybe 1 in 10. They will be tough no matter what.
  4. Will freeze well.
  5. Nutrition calculations with salsa not BBQ sauce.


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 304mg | Potassium: 609mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 650IU | Vitamin C: 7.4mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.6mg