Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Slow cooker pulled pork coated in a homemade barbecue sauce. Hunks of juicy pork shoulder simmered in a spiced sauce until fork tender.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 20 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 414kcal
Author: Jessica Gavin


  • ¾ cup tomato paste (200g, 7 ounces)
  • ¾ cup pineapple juice (177ml)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (79ml)
  • 2 tablespoons molasses (30ml)
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard (15ml)
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika (6g)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder (4g)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder (2g)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt (3g)
  • Black pepper for seasoning
  • 4 to 4 1/2 pound boneless pork shoulder excess fat trimmed and cut into 4 pieces


  • In a medium bowl whisk together tomato paste, pineapple juice, maple syrup, molasses, mustard, paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, onion powder, and salt.
  • Trim the excess fat from the pork shoulder. Cut pork into four pieces.
  • Transfer the pork to the slow cooker.
  • Pour sauce over the pork, turning to coat the pieces.
  • Cover and cook until pork is very tender and easy to separate with a fork, 5 to 7 hours on “High” or 8 to 10 hours on “Low” setting.
  • Transfer pork to a plate and shred into smaller pieces. Cover with foil to keep warm.
  • Skim and remove the excess fat from the surface of the sauce. The sauce can also be transferred to a fat separator or bowl to remove the grease.
  • Add the defatted sauce to a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Cook the sauce, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced to about 1 ½ cups, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Season sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Transfer pork to the slow cooker and combine with 1 cup of sauce. Serve the remaining sauce on the side with the pulled pork.


  • If only bone-in pork shoulder or pork butt is available, purchase a 7 to 8 pound cut to account for the weight of the bone.


Calories: 414kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 59g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 153mg | Sodium: 507mg | Potassium: 1379mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 880IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 4mg
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