Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Zoomed in image of shredded pulled pork with a fork.

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Whole30 Pulled Pork is an ultra simple meal-prep protein. You can prep the pork ahead of time, and then let your slow cooker do the rest of the work! Pulled pork can be topped with your favorite BBQ sauce and eaten a variety of ways!


  • 6-8 pound pork butt roast (also called pork shoulder, Boston roast or picnic roast)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Optional: BBQ sauce


  1. In a small bowl combine the salt, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder and pepper.  
  2. Rub the seasoning blend all over the pork roast.  Cover the top, bottom, sides and any nook and cranny with the seasoning blend. 
  3. Place the pork roast in the bottom of a large slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 9 hours. 
  4. After 9 hours remove the roast from the slow cooker.  Using two forks, shred the pork butt and remove any bones.  The pork should easily pull apart.  If it does not easily shred, place the pork back into the slow cooker and continue cooking for 1-2 more hours.  
  5. Mix the shredded pulled pork with some of the meat drippings in the bottom of the slow cooker.  If desired, mix in your favorite BBQ sauce. 
  6. Serve and enjoy! 


  • You can prepare your pork roast up to 24 hours in advance. Simply season your roast and then store it covered in the refrigerator. If your slow cooker's removable stone insert will fit in your fridge, then I suggest storing it right in the insert. That way you won't have to handle the roast again when it's time to cook it.
  • Store the shredded pork in an air-tight container in the refrigerator of up to 4 days. If you know you won't eat it all in 4 days then you can freeze for up to 6 months.
  • The majority of BBQ sauces that you'll find on store shelves are NOT Whole30 compliant. My favorite Whole30-compliant BBQ sauce is Primal Kitchen Classic BBQ Sauce. Primal Kitchen BBQ sauce is mild in flavor but has a delicious peppery kick to it.
  • The amount of servings produced will depend on the size of the roast.  Plan on 1/3 to 1/2 pounds of cooked meat per person. 

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