Whenever my husband and I go out for BBQ, I always look at the menu as if I don’t already know what I’m going to get. If pulled pork is on that menu, there’s really no reason for me to look any further.
Pulled pork is my absolute preferred way to eat pork. Smokey or covered with a sweet or spicy BBQ sauce, I don’t think I’ve ever eaten pulled pork that wasn’t delicious.
Many would argue, myself included, that the best way to cook pulled pork is all day with a smoker. If you have the time, equipment and talent, that’s definitely the way I would go.
For everyone else, I think a close second, and much easier way to go is to make easy slow cooker pulled pork.
Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
You will need:
A 6 or 7 quart slow cooker (I use this one.)
One 5-7 pound pork roast (I use pretty much anything boneless and have had success with many different cuts)
One onion chopped
1-2 cloves or 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic
Salt and pepper
1-2 cups BBQ Sauce of Your Choice
- Place onion and garlic on the bottom of the slow cooker
- Season the pork with salt and pepper and set on top of onion and garlic
- Put the lid on slow cooker and cook pork on low for 8-10 hours (Set it when you leave for the day and it will be cooked when you get home)
- Shred the pork with two forks and add BBQ sauce until you have desired sauciness
- Cook for another 15-30 minutes on low until warmed through
Super easy, right? You can get a little fancier with your seasonings if you like. I’ve done a dry BBQ rub to give it even more BBQ flavor.
I like to use Original Sweet Baby Ray’s for the sauce, but you could easily use a low carb version like Guys Award Winning Sugar Free BBQ Sauce.
If you prefer, you can make your own barbecue sauce, like this easy homemade BBQ sauce.
Since low carb BBQ sauce can be hard to find depending where you live, I love this low carb BBQ sauce recipe.
You can enjoy this easy slow cooker pulled pork as is with a couple of your favorite side dishes. I like to eat it with a baked potato and some roasted asparagus for a super easy and satisfying meal.
The best thing about pulled pork is the leftovers. Since nobody likes boring leftovers, here are some super creative ways to use your easy slow cooker pulled pork.
Who doesn’t love a pulled pork sandwich?
I buy some fresh Kaiser buns at the bakery (or pull out some hamburger buns from the freezer) and pile them up with saucy pulled pork.
If you’re on a low carb eating plan, you can make your own low carb hamburger buns.
Are you looking to feed a crowd, do you have kids, or just a smaller appetite thanks to intermittent fasting? You can make pulled pork sliders using these slider buns, or your favorite from the grocery store.
My favorite pulled pork sandwich topping is crispy onions. You could also use regular onions, pickled onion, dill pickles or various types of cheese. Add some extra BBQ sauce and you have the perfect pulled pork sandwich or slider!
Of course I can’t forget about one of the most popular toppings for a pulled pork sandwich – coleslaw! I make my own delicious coleslaw using this recipe.
Another fun and tasty sandwich idea is a pulled pork grilled cheese sandwich. I keep it pretty simple and just make a basic grilled cheese as I normally would, but add in some leftover pulled pork.
If you want a slightly fancier version, you can make this delicious pulled pork grilled cheese sandwich.
Growing up we always made our versions of Mexican recipes with either ground beef or chicken. I’ve since learned that using easy slow cooker pulled pork is an equally tasty option.
You could use pulled pork in any of your preferred Mexican recipes, but the following are my favorite.
You could make a low carb or keto version of any of these recipes. Use low carb tortillas for the quesadillas or tacos. I love to make pulled pork nachos with pork rinds for a super yummy low carb meal!
One of my favorite low carb Mexican recipes using pulled pork is to make a pulled pork burrito bowl. I use shredded lettuce as the base, and then add pulled pork, cheese, salsa and some jalapeno peppers. Yum!
In my opinion, pulled pork and potatoes are a match made in food heaven.
One of the easiest pulled pork and potato recipe ideas is to simply make mashed potatoes and top it with fresh or leftover heated up pulled pork.
If you want to get a bit more creative though, I have some more delicious pulled pork and potato recipe ideas for you.
Pulled pork baked potato skins are a different take on an already amazingly delicious idea.
Do you love casseroles? Try this pulled pork and potato casserole.
My daughter and my husband both love to eat loaded French fries, and pulled pork is one of their favorite toppings. You can keep it pretty simple like in this recipe. Or you can make it a little more lavish like with these loaded BBQ fries. If you want to get really fancy, you can make these loaded pulled pork cheese fries with an egg on top!
You can even make BBQ pulled pork loaded sweet potato fries.
Here in Canada, we love our poutine. Pulled pork poutine is personally my favorite way to enjoy this gravy and cheese curd covered French fry dish!
Other Ways to Use Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
For another yummy keto or low carb option, I like to make this Thai Pork Salad with leftover easy slow cooker pulled pork.
Macaroni and Cheese is always a family favorite, and this pulled pork macaroni and cheese is no exception.
I will often buy crescent dough and try to find new and creative ways to use it in my meals. So when I have leftover pulled pork, I make these pulled pork crescent rolls for a quick and easy meal.
Pulled pork egg rolls? Yes please!
As you can see, there are almost unlimited ways to use easy slow cooker pulled pork.
Since I’ve been intermittent fasting I’m not eating as often, or as much. I often find myself with a lot more leftovers than I’m used to.
Instead of just eating the same meal over and over, I love finding creative ways to use those leftovers. My eating plan is much more fun!
Do you have a recipe using pulled pork that I haven’t mentioned? I would love to hear about it, please leave me a comment so I can try it out!