Effortless Pork Boston Butt Recipe – Slow Cooker – Easy Pulled Pork

Boston Butt Pulled Pork Slow Cooker Recipe
Dairy Free Grain Free Keto Friendly Kid Friendly Low Carb Slow Cooker 

Nutrition: 250 Calories | 3g Net Carbs | 33.4g Protein | 11.7g Total Fat

Enjoy sweet, smokey pulled pork with this easy Boston butt recipe in the slow cooker, perfect for a family friendly meal and get-togethers too.

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My slow cooker is one of my favorite kitchen appliances, and it is well used. I just love the ease of doing a little prep work in the morning and enjoying a delicious meal at dinner. In the fall and winter, I’m usually making some sort of soup in the slow cooker. As the weather warms up, no one really wants a hot soup for dinner. This slow cooker pulled pork couldn’t be easier. It’s a very versatile recipe that’s perfect for spring and summer. My whole family enjoys this tasty meal at the end of a busy day, and it’s ideal for taking along to a potluck too. Add some buns for easy sandwiches, or skip the buns and keep the meal low carb. I like to pile my pulled pork on top of fresh coleslaw. Yum!!

Homemade BBQ Spice Rub

One of the most important parts of mouth-watering pulled pork is the spice rub. There are lots and lots of spice rubs available to purchase, and it’s fun to try out all the varieties. It’s also very easy to make your own at home. I bet you have all the ingredients in your spice cabinet. First, gather up your spices. You’re going to need smoked salt (like this one), smoked paprika, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and chili powder. Traditionally, pork Boston butt (also called pork shoulder or just pork butt) is smoked all day to make pulled pork. In this recipe, the smoked salt and smoked paprika help create that savory flavor. However, you can use regular salt and paprika instead. The last ingredient for the spice rub is your granulated sweetener of choice. Then, mix all your spices and sweetener together in a bowl.

Coat the Pork in Spice Rub

Once you’ve mixed up the spice rub, it’s time to season the pork. Shake the rub over the pork and rub it in. Turn the roast over and continue coating all the sides. I like to do this right in the slow cooker. This creates less dishes and none of the spice rub is wasted.

Slow Cook All Day

As soon as the whole Boston butt is coated in rub, place it fat side up in the slow cooker. As the fat renders during cooking, it will keep the meat moist and tender. Plus, it adds lots of flavor. Slow cook your pork all day on low.

Shred the Pork and Add Sauce

After the pork has cooked all day, it only takes a few more minutes to finish up the pulled pork. First, remove any remaining fat from the top of the roast, and throw it away. Then, shred the meat with two forks or meat claws. Finally, add a cup of BBQ sauce to the slow cooker, and mix it in with the pulled pork. You can use which ever sauce you like. These days, I’m finding more and more sugar-free sauces available at the grocery store, which is very convenient for easy meals. Once your pulled pork is all sauced, it’s ready to enjoy.

How to Shred Pulled Pork With Forks : Delicious Recipes & Kitchen Skills

Here’s a quick video showing you how easy it is to pull pork with two forks. This is a great method for shredded chicken too.

Other recipes to check out: Crock Pot Spare Ribs, Instant Pot Pork Roast, and Instant Pot Kalua Pork.

Effortless Pork Boston Butt Recipe – Slow Cooker – Easy Pulled Pork

Enjoy sweet, smokey pulled pork with this easy Boston butt recipe in the slow cooker, perfect for a family friendly meal and get-togethers too.

Total Time: 8-10 hours
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 8-10 hours


  • 3.5 lb Boneless Pork Butt (Boston Butt, Pork Shoulder)
  • 2 tsp Smoked Salt (or regular salt if you don’t have smoked)
  • 2 tsp Truvia or other sugar alternative
  • 1.5 tsp Smoked Paprika (or regular paprika)
  • 1/2 tsp each: Black Pepper, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, and Chili Powder
  • 1 Cup Sugar Free BBQ Sauce plus more as desired


  1. In a bowl, mix together the salt, Truvia, paprika, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and chili powder.
  2. Place the pork butt in the slow cooker. Sprinkle the spice mix over the pork, rubbing it in and coating all sides.
  3. Make sure the pork is fat side up in the slow cooker. Put the lid on the cooker. Slow cook on low all day, 8-10 hours.
  4. After the pork is finished cooking, remove all the fat that hasn’t rendered off and throw it away. Use two forks to pull the pork apart and shred it. 
  5. When all the pork is shredded, mix in the BBQ sauce and serve.


Yield: 6 servings, Serving Size: about 5 oz

Amount Per Serving:  Calories: 250,  Total Fat: 11.7g, Saturated Fat: 2.5g,  Cholesterol: 75mg, Sodium: 1393.6mg, Carbohydrates: 3.1g, Fiber 0.1g, Sugars: 0g, Protein 33.4g

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