Classic pulled pork
Prep time:plus 2-3 hours to marinate meat
Cooking time:8-10 in a slow cooker or 6-8 hours in an oven
Skill level: Bit of effort
Making classic pulled pork is easy thanks to this simple recipe using your slow cooker. Smothered in a rich, flavoursome sauce, it's so tender and just falls off the bone. Plus, by leaving it to bake it in a slow cooker you can make the most of an inexpensive shoulder of pork - resulting in the meat being soft and absolutely delicious. Our easy slow cooker pulled pork recipe smothers the pork with a BBQ marinade so that it's bursting with flavour. As good as any restaurant version, your homemade pulled pork may take 6-8 hours to cook, but it will be more than worth the wait! This recipe serves 8 people so it's a great way to feed a crowd. The best part is that even though this slow cooker pulled pork recipe makes for an indulgent meal, like a pulled pork sandwich, it works out at only 271 calories per portion!
- 1.5-2kg (3-4lb) boneless pork shoulder
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
- 8 tbsp tomato ketchup
- 4 tbsp cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp paprika
- 2 tbsp dark muscovado sugar
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Baps, coleslaw and chips, to serve
To save space when marinating the pork in sauce, put it in a freezer bag and seal: This also makes it easy to massage the sauce around the meat so it’s evenly coated.
- To make the sauce: Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
- Spread the sauce thickly over the pork and put it in a bowl, cover with cling film and leave it to marinate in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours, or overnight.
- Put the pork and sauce into a slow cooker and place on the low heat setting for 8-10 hours, without opening the lid, or until the pork is very tender. Or, cook in a covered dish in the oven at 140°C/275°F/Gas Mark 1 for about 6-8 hours, or until the meat is tender, basting it occasionally with the sauce.
- Remove the pork from the slow cooker or oven and leave it to rest for about 10 mins.
- Pour the liquid into a small pan and skim off any fat. Boil to reduce and thicken slightly.
- Place the pork on a board and cut off the skin and any visible fat. Use 2 forks to shred the meat into small pieces and stir into the sauce. Serve the pulled pork hot in baps, along with coleslaw and chips
Nutritional information per portion
- Calories 271(kcal)
- Fat 8.0g
- Saturates 2.5g
This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.
Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.