Slow cooker pulled pork

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Recently I sent my lovely husband out shopping for me and he came home with a super cheap pork leg joint. At just £2.99 a kilo our 1.5kg joint was a bargain! I decided that instead of the traditional roast pork I was going to finally have a go at making slow cooker pulled pork – to see what all the fuss is about! Scroll down now to see the recipe for yourself! If you’re looking for some inspiration for other slow cooker recipes then be sure to check out my Easy slow cooker recipes (UK recipes).

Slow cooker pulled pork - a look at the finished pork

Slow cooker pulled pork

A delicious, tender pulled pork that you can prep in minutes and leave cooking all day or overnight.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Barbecue
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1.5 kg pork leg with the fat removed and saved for crackling if you like
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt & pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic 1/2 teaspoon of garlic granules
  • 1/2 tsp onion granules
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper double if you like it spicy
  • 1 tsp chilli powder double if you like it spicy
  • 1/2 tsp muscovado sugar
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 pint stock (fresh or cubes are fine)
  • 300 ml barbecue sauce (optional)


  1. Chop 1 onion to place into the bottom of the slow cooker.

  2. Take all of the ingredients, besides the pork, and combine together. I use a pestle & mortar to combine the ingredients fully.

  3. Once you have a nice rub spread it all over the pork leg. Then place this inside the slow cooker on top of the chopped onions.

  4. Fill up the slow cooker, to the top of the meat, with the stock. 

    It is ok for meat to be sitting outside of the water but be aware that you will want to turn it at least a couple of times during cooking to ensure an even texture.

  5. Cook on high for the first 4 hours. 

  6. Then turn down to low for the remaining 8 hours. 

    (You can cook this for 16 hours on low if you would prefer, basically the longer the better.)

  7. Once the meat has finished cooking you can save the stock and onions as the base for a lovely gravy. 

  8. The meat is ridiculously tender and takes just seconds to shred. You don't even need to use a sharp knife. Meat claws make shredding fun and easy.

  9. Mix barbeque sauce through the meat. 

Recipe Notes

This is an ideal meal for preparing and leaving to cook while you are out at work.

I saved the leftover pork fat and turned it into crackling which my husband loved!

Slow cooker pulled pork - I turned the fat into pork crackling

In total my 1.5kg pork joint made enough meat for two main meals (for two), two days sandwiches (for two) as well as the crackling. I was also able to freeze leftovers for three pizza nights in the future. I was very pleased with the number of meals we got for just £4.50 worth of meat and a few store cupboard ingredients.

Products I use when making my slow cooker pulled pork:

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*Triple Slow Cooker / *Joseph Joseph 9 Nest Bowls / *Granite pestle & mortar / *BBQ Shredding Claws

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Fancy trying something other than slow cooker pulled pork?

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Why not try one of these fantastic slow cooker accessories:

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*Toastabags / *Meat Shredder Claws / *Digital Thermometer / *Heat Resistant Mitts / *Meat Lifter

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My slow cooker pulled pork is simple to prepare, tasty and uses a cheap cut of pork too. A real frugal recipe

3 Responses

  1. Eta Tomi January 12, 2018 / 10:26 am

    Omg, this looks so delicious. Never slow cooked pork though i am always scared it will overcook but will definitely try this … Yum.

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