This pulled pork is simple to make and takes less than 5 minutes to prep before cooking it in the crockpot (slow cooker).  Serve as a main dish, in tacos, in sandwiches or topped with your favorite barbecue sauce.

Pulled Pork in Slow Cooker

Slow cookers or crockpots are the best kitchen companions because they do all of the work.

I think of my slow cooker as a “slow and go” because it cooks the food slowly while I’m on the go…running errands or doing whatever.

The hardest part about cooking food in a slow cooker may just be cleaning the pot.

About the Ingredients

For this recipe, “less is more” because although there’s only a few ingredients, the pork tastes so good.

There are just 3 ingredients and 2 of them are salt and pepper so it may not even qualify as a recipe.

But one thing’s for sure, it’s full of wonderful pork flavor.

I love the mellow flavor of this pulled pork when served just on its own as a main dish.

Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Pulled Pork soft tacos on plate

What to Make with Pulled Pork

And if there are any leftovers, the pulled pork can be made into completely different meals or even lunches for work.

One of my favorite things to make with pulled pork are simple street tacos with a corn tortilla, chopped white onions and cilantro.

Pulled pork is also great when it’s warmed up in a hot skillet just long enough for the edges of the pulled pork get crispy.

Then served topped with BBQ or thick teriyaki sauce and either eaten as is, in a big old bun, or a small soft slider roll.

It’s perfect for making taquitos too.

I’ve even added it to spaghetti sauce for something different and it was divine.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Pulled Pork ingredients

…I used a pork shoulder roast because it was on sale, but a pork butt or pork blade roast works well too.

And salt and ground black pepper…that’s it.

Equipment – 5-quart slow cooker (crockpot) or larger


A printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Seasoned pork roast in slow cooker pot

In a slow cooker add the pork roast and…

Add salt to pork roast in pot

…sprinkle the salt and pepper evenly on all sides.

Pork roast fat-side-up in slow cooker pot

Lay the roast in the middle of the slow cooker fat-side up.

Slow cooker covered with lid

Cover with a lid and cook on the low setting for 4 hours.

Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Pulled Pork in Pot

Here’s what it looks like after 4 hours.

Since no liquid was added, all of the liquid in the pot is from the meat.

Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Pulled Pork in Pot

Next, pull off the fat and discard.

Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Pulled Pork in Pot

If pulling the pork apart right in the slow cooker pot, an option is to first remove some of the liquid.

Or the pork can be transferred to a plate to be pulled apart.

Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Pulled Pork in Pot

The liquid in the pot includes fat and will turn white when cooled.

If putting the pulled pork back in the liquid from the slow cooker, an option may be to remove some of it (the liquid) before putting any leftovers in the refrigerator.

Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Pulled Pork in Pot

Next, add more salt and pepper to taste and…

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

…serve this pork up as main dish, inside flour or corn tortillas, in a bun with barbecue sauce for a delicious sandwich or…

Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Pulled Pork in corn tortillas on plate

…however you would like.

Pulled Pork Soft Tacos

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Pulled Pork Soft Tacos on Plate

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

This pork takes less than 5 minutes to prep before putting it in the slow cooker then the day is yours.
5 from 2 votes


  • 2 pounds pork shoulder blade or butt roast
  • teaspoons salt
  • teaspoons ground black pepper


  • 5 quart slow cooker (crockpot) or larger


  • Sprinkle salt and pepper evenly to all sides of the roast. 
  • Lay the roast, fat-side up in the middle of the slow cooker. Cover with a lid and cook on the low setting for 4 hours. 
  • After the roast is done cooking, remove the fat and discard. 
  • Remove some of the juice in the slow cooker if desired and using 2 forks, pull the pork apart and serve.

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