Crock Pot Pulled Pork from Butt the Right Way

Now you can have great pulled pork with the ease of crock pot cooking. Put it on in the morning and eat in the evening making this a weeknight friendly recipe.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 hrs
Total Time10 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 548kcal
Author: Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan


  • 4 pounds Pork Butt aka Pork Shoulder
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke good quality

My Rub

  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • Start with a pork butt AKA pork shoulder 3-4 pounds.
  • Prep a large crock pot with 6 balls of aluminum foil. Make about 2 inch balls but then squish down to 1 inch high and arrange in the bottom of the crock pot.
  • You may use the rub of your choice, or mine is ½ cup dark brown sugar, three tablespoons kosher salt, one tablespoon chili powder, one teaspoon garlic powder, one teaspoon onion powder and one teaspoon pepper.
  • Pat dry the pork and the coat with about two tablespoons good quality liquid smoke.
  • Generously apply the rub. You could wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight at this point or cook right away.
  • Place on the foil balls and cook on low undisturbed for 9-10 hours.
  • Bake until internal temp of 190 plus. About 9-10 hours may vary some with the thickness of the meat and the crock pot.
  • Remove from crock pot onto a large sheet of heavy duty foil. Wrap tight with the foil then wrap with several towels. Allow to rest for at least 15 minutes but 1-2 hours is fine.
  • Shred with forks. It will fall apart.


Pro Notes:

  1. This is an all day recipe.
  2. Bone-in or boneless does not matter. And fat pad up or down does not matter.
  3. I suggest a good quality liquid smoke but skip if you want.
  4. Use a rub of your choice. I provided a suggested rub. You may decrease the salt if you want.
  5. Done is really 200-205. Don't settle for under 185. But please try for 195 plus, and you will be happier.
  6. Do not shred immediately. Wrap with foil and let the fluid absorb for at least 15 minutes but one hour is better.
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Calories: 548kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 157mg | Sodium: 2491mg | Potassium: 680mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 2.5mg