Making Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Although pulled pork is a Southern classic fit for a summer day, you can easily make slow cooker pulled pork any time of the year-even in February when the grill is ice cold.

What Cut of Pork Should You Use?
Because you're using a slow cooker, you can use a variety of cuts of pork. Pork shoulder butt (also known as Boston butt or pork butt) is the best for pulled pork, but you can also use pork loin.

How to Make Pulled Pork
Classic Southern pulled pork is simple: Just rub the pork butt with olive oil, salt and pepper, and place the roast in the slow cooker with about a cup of cider vinegar and a teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes. Let the pork cook on low for about six hours or until the meat falls apart at the touch of your fork. After shredding the meat, serve it with your favorite sauce-either Eastern Carolina style barbeque sauce, sweet tomato barbeque sauce or mustard barbeque sauce.

Eastern Carolina Barbeque Sauce
Easy to make and perfect on any cut of pork (sliced, chopped or pulled), this thin but spicy barbeque sauce is the perfect way hydrate and season your pork. Simply mix together a quart of cider vinegar, ? cup of salt, 2 tablespoons of crushed red pepper flakes and ½ cup of brown sugar, and let the mixture sit for 3 hours before serving.

Sweet Tomato Barbeque Sauce
Most of the country is more familiar with tomato-based barbeque sauces. These sauces are usually made from tomato sauce, a sweetener (either honey, molasses or brown sugar), vinegar and spices. This type of sauce is thicker and can be found in a variety of flavors in every grocery store, but you can try making your own sweet sauce at home as well.

Mustard Barbeque Sauce
If you go to South Carolina, you'll find this sauce offered side by side with the tomato-based sauce most of the country uses. This sauce is based in mustard, vinegar, honey and spices, and it is simultaneously tangy and sweet.

Alternate Pulled Pork Recipes
These additional recipes for pulled pork are made for convenience. Both include the sauce in the recipe so the pulled pork is ready to be served on the bun right away without further ado.

Quick and Easy Pulled Pork (With the Sauce Built into the Recipe)
Combine a four-pound pork butt with two cans of root beer or cola soda and one bottle of your favorite barbeque sauce, and cook on low in your slow cooker about six hours, or until the meat shreds with a fork.

Barbeque Pulled Pork Recipe (With the Sauce Built into the Recipe)
Ingredients You Will Need:
1 4-pound pork butt
2 stalks of celery, chopped
2 large sweet onions, minced
2 large green peppers, diced
1 large can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon salt
½ teaspoon ground barbeque seasoning
¼ cup cider vinegar
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup A-1 sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon ground red pepper flakes

Combine all ingredients in the crock pot, and cook on low for six hours.

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