This 4 Ingredient Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe is an incredibly easy family dinner recipe that is perfect for serving large groups like as game day food and as leftovers for the week!
Easy 4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with BBQ!
I first shared this recipe for 4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Pork in 2013 near the beginning of my blog journey. At the time it had quickly become one of Bryan’s favorite easy family dinner recipes, and I’m happy to report that it still is.
With a little one at home now, quick dinner recipes like this are even more important!
Easy family dinner recipes are essential for our healthy and our budget. When you are woken up 5 times in a night during your baby’s sleep regression, heading through a drive through becomes a really attractive choice.
So easy dinner ideas make sure that we don’t take the easy way out and spend more money then we need to since, you know, babies are expensive!
Even better? This slow cooker pulled pork is also one of the best family dinner recipes because it makes delicious leftovers. I plan on sharing a couple new pulled pork inspired recipes in the next couple weeks.
The last time I made a batch, I doubled the recipe which provided us dinner with family and leftover dinners and lunches for us.
I love recipes that give us lots of meals for one prep session!
BBQ Pulled Pork is also perfect for a meal you are hosting because it can make a big batch without a lot of work. So definitely consider making it for your next birthday party, game day party, or family get together!
Prepare a batch in the slow cooker where it can stay warm once cooked and shredded and put out buns, sliders, chips … almost anything really. People can make their own BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches or even nachos.
HOW TO MAKE SLOW COOKER BBQ PULLED PORK:
Start by seasoning the boneless pork chops and placing them into your slow cooker. For seasoning, I use a quick sprinkle of garlic salt.
Add chicken broth to the slow cooker, making sure to mostly cover the meat.
Cook the pork on high for 6 hours. When done, drain the broth and remove the pork chops for shredding. It can be shredded using two forks but I also love using these Shredder Claws.
Place the shredded pork back into the slow cooker and toss with your favorite BBQ sauce for BBQ Pulled Pork which is our preferred method.
If you don’t want BBQ, you can just leave it plain and put sauce on the side. Also consider trying Italian dressing – so yum!
HOW LONG DO YOU COOK PORK IN THE SLOW COOKER?
I primarily use boneless pork chops in the slow cooker with chicken broth and cook them for 4 hours on high and 8 hours on low.
You can always check if they are done cooking with a meat thermometer; pork should be at an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
WHAT IS THE BEST CUT OF MEAT FOR PULLED PORK?
I most often use boneless pork chops when I am making BBQ pulled pork in the slow cooker.
It is the most lean cut of pork and is the most commonly sold pork chop cut in the United States. Therefore, I can often find the best price for it.
While it can be tricky to cook on the stovetop or on the grill, I find it a win in the slow cooker every single time.
A boneless pork loin is also a great cut of meat for making BBQ pulled pork. It is a fairly lean cut of meat with no bones, which makes the shredding easy.
Plus, it often goes on sale which means you can find it at a great price!
HOW TO USE YOUR LEFTOVER BBQ PULLED PORK?
- FREEZE YOUR BBQ PULLED PORK! Place in a freezer bag or container and store in your fridge up to 3 months.
- BBQ PULLED PORK NACHOS
- BBQ PULLED PORK FLATBREAD
- MAKE TACOS
- ADD TO GRILL CHEESE OR CHEESE QUESADILLA
WHAT TO ENJOY WITH YOUR SLOW COOKER BBQ PULLED PORK:
My favorite side dishes to enjoy with this pulled pork is what I would classify under picnic sides, like corn on the cob, fruit salads, or potato salads. Here are some great recipes to consider:
- NO MAYO POTATO SALAD
- TOSSED CAPRESE SALAD
- HONEY PINEAPPLE FRUIT SALAD
- STRAWBERRY SPINACH SALAD
- CUCUMBER SALAD WITH SPICY VINAIGRETTE
ITEMS HELPFUL FOR MAKING THIS RECIPE:
Since starting freezer meal prep when Parker was born, we use this slow cooker at least 4 days a week and it’s still in amazing working order. It’s a serious work horse!
SLOW COOKER TRAVEL CARRIER – If you ever make slow cooker meals to bring to work or parties for a pot luck, which this slow cooker bbq pulled pork recipe is perfect for, you will want a carrier! This Hamilton Beach Travel Carrier is reliable and keeps everything warm and safe to carry!
SLOW COOKER LINERS – If you hate clean up like most people do, these slow cooker liners are a miracle worker! I’m all for work smarter not harder!
PULLED MEAT SHREDDER CLAWS – I used forks for shredding meat for a long time and that works fine. But again, work smarter not harder! These shredding claws makes the task easier and faster! Plus they are great for transferring larger cuts of meat.
START YOUR BATCH OF 4 INGREDIENT SLOW COOKER BBQ PULLED PORK!
- 3 pounds boneless pork chops/steaks
- 16 oz chicken broth (low sodium)
- 1 tablespoon Garlic Salt
- 2 cups BBQ sauce (or more as desired)
- Season the pork with garlic salt and place in the crock pot.
- Pour the chicken broth into the crock pot.
- Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
- About 30 minutes before you want to eat, take the pork out of the slow cooker and shred.
- Drain all the broth and contents out of the slow cooker and put all the pulled pork back.
- Add BBQ sauce until you are satisfied with coverage. Remember, you can always add more later.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 4 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 358Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 956mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 0gSugar: 16gProtein: 31g