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Slow Cooker Carolina-Style Pulled Pork
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4.63 from 16 votes

Slow Cooker Carolina-Style Pulled Pork

A moist and tender, slow-cooked pulled pork with a Carolina-style, vinegar based BBQ sauce.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 50 minutes
Author Christin Mahrlig

Ingredients

  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 4- to-6 pound Boston Butt, with or without bone
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Place chopped onion on bottom of a slow cooker.
  • Trim excess fat from Boston Butt and place in slow cooker on top of onions.
  • Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl and pour on top of pork. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours.
  • Combine all ingredients for BBQ Sauce in a medium saucepan. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Remove pork from slow cooker (after 8-10 hours) and place in a large bowl. Use forks to shred the meat.
  • Discard the majority of liquid in the slow cooker. Return meat to slow cooker and add BBQ Sauce. Cover and cook on low 30 minutes. Serve.

Notes

You can use boneless or bone-in Boston Butt. If you use bone-in, the bone can be easily removed once the pork is cooked.