I bet you never thought pulled pork could be considered “health food”. I’m kind of laughing at myself right now. Yes, I’m totally saying pulled pork can be incredibly healthy, and part of a balanced meal. Additionally, it can be crazy easy to make in your slow cooker.
If you’re one of those people that can’t eat healthy because it’s “too hard” and takes “too much time”, and is “too expensive”….well I’m calling your bluff with this dish. This dish will fix all those problems. The best part is it is AH-mazingly delicious. I rarely use the term amazing, but this tender delicious meat deserves it.
So here’s the deal. The instructions will scare you. You take meat, you put it in a crock pot, and you walk away for 12 – 16 hours. No, you do not add liquid. Scary, I know. This recipe works with butt and shoulder pork roasts, both will give off a lot of liquid. I’ve had other types of roasts dry out with this method, so I advise to use only the butt and shoulder pork roasts. Boneless or bone-in, both work very well. It just depends on if you want the bones to add flavor, want to make bone broth later (yay, this makes me feel so domestic), or just don’t want to mess with the bones at all (sometimes I feel lazy).
This recipe also makes a lot of meat. It’s absolutely perfect for meal prep or for parties. Make this at the beginning of the week and you’ll have meat for days. Try eating it with some delicious steamed veggies, baked sweet potatoes, or a clean coleslaw made with DIY Paleo Mayo. Try using the leftovers in some Stuffed Breakfast Peppers, it will be delicious! I have a ton of posts I need to add with all the things we’ve done with pulled pork, so stay tuned for more recipes!
- 7-9 lb Pork Butt or Shoulder Roast
- Put pork roast in crock pot, ensure you can close the lid easily.
- Generously season with salt and pepper.
- Cook on low for 12 - 16 hours, until meat is falling apart to the touch.
- *Note: Do not add liquid, a butt or shoulder roast will have enough liquid in the roast itself. This method might not work for other cuts of meat.
- Remove meat from slow cooker and onto a rimmed cookie sheet. The cookie sheet will keep the liquids from making a mess. Take 2 forks and pull the pork apart.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve while warm.