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Slow cooker pulled pork

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Recently I sent my lovely husband out shopping for me and he came home with a great, frugal pork leg joint which I knew would be perfect for slow cooker pulled pork.

At just £2.99 a kilo our 1.5kg joint was an absolute 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
Super simple, tender and tasty pulled pork!

Ingredients for slow cooker pulled pork

1.5kg pork leg (remove the fat and reserve this for pork crackling if you like)

2 tbsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp salt and pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic granules (or 3 cloves if you have fresh)

1/2 tsp onion granules

2 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp brown sugar

1 onion

1 pint of stock

300ml barbecue sauce

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Method for slow cooker pulled pork:

Chop onion and place into your slow cooker pot.

Combine all ingredients (besides pork, stock and bbq sauce)

Rub this all over the pork leg

Fill slow cooker with stock. If your joint is poking out you’ll want to turn it a few times during cooking for an even texture.

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Cook on high for 4 hours, then turn to low for 8 hours. Alternatively leave on low for 16 hours.

Once your meat is cooked you can reserve the liquid as a base for a delicious stock.

Shred your meat and add the barbecue sauce. Enjoy!

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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 6 people
Calories 593 kcal
Author Katykicker


  • 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.

Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.

I saved the leftover pork fat and turned it into pork crackling which my husband loved! I’m not a lover myself but he said it was absolutely delicious!

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 pork crackling too. 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.

Can you use pork leg for pulled pork? Will you get a nice pulled pork from a leg joint?

Yes! That is what I’ve used for this slow cooker pulled pork recipe! It is a lovely cut and works really well for pulled pork.

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What temperature for pulled pork?

If you want to make this pulled pork in the oven then slow cooking at gas mark 6 (200C) is the way to go!

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Eta Tomi

Friday 12th of January 2018

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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