Super Simple Spicy Pulled Pork

I have no idea how the entire month of January seems to be almost over already! Where did all the time go?

Oh… I know. We’ve been car shopping. What a major headache and time sucking event. Is there like some unwritten law that says that all car salesmen have to give you the creeps?

Besides that my husband has been negotiating orders for his next duty station, which as any military family will tell you is like 10 times more stressful than deployments are. Keep your fingers crossed, because right now it looks like we might just be able to stay put. Please, oh please, let us be able to stay put…

In the meantime, the crock pot has become my best friend again.

Muy simpatico!

This pulled pork recipe is a busy girl’s (or boy’s, we don’t discriminate here) best friend. You can throw it together in literally five minutes, and then walk away and tend to more important things. It makes your house smell divine, and when you return, you’re greeted by something close to pork heaven!

The secret, place the fat side up when cooking.  As it cooks, the fat melts and keeps the meat nice and moist and well, full of fat.  Fat = Flavor!

You’ll definitely want to make a little more than you need, because there are about a bazillion and one things you can do with leftover pulled pork. I counted.

Super Simple Spicy Pulled Pork

1 – 5 lb. boneless pork butt (shoulder)
2-3 tbs. Spicy Dry Rub
1 c. water
Soft sandwich buns, like Kings Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
Barbecue sauce of choice, I prefer a slightly sweet one with this recipe

Rub the pork evenly with the dry rub seasoning mixture, massaging it into the surface of the meat.

Place meat in a crock pot, fat side up and add the water.

Cover and cook on LOW 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 4-5 hours until the pork is very tender.

Remove the pork to a platter and let rest 10-15 minutes to allow all the juices to redistribute. Once well rested, use two forks to shred the meat. Or you could slice it if you prefer.

Serve with sandwich buns and your favorite barbecue sauce.

What’s your favorite go-to crock pot meal?

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  1. 1

    sorry to be an idiot foreigner but how much is 1c. of water?

  2. 3

    2.0 was just lamenting the other day that I NEVER make him pulled pork. He says it very dramatically. Like he’s starving to death.

    Perhaps I should put this on the weekend to-do list…

  3. 5

    Pulled pork is one of my favorites! I think the main thing is that the meat can be used in so many dishes, very versatile.
    Car shopping is the worst, so I definitely feel for you. The best part is when all that mess is over, then you realize what a nice ride you have and can enjoy it!

  4. 7

    That looks delicious Jen, and I don’t even eat pork! I need to get my slow cooker out at use it soon! I can’t believe it’s almost the end of January. Where does the time go?!

  5. 8

    I love making pulled pork in the crock pot, it is my go to crock pot recipe for sure!
    I hate car shopping, we need to do it as well. I like to let my husband go around and find a couple he likes, and then just bring me in for confirmation. I have never had a good experience with car salesman, they can’t all be bad, can they?
    Good luck with getting to stay put, I know how much of a big deal that is, especially with older kids!

  6. 10

    That is such a nice rub. I can just imagine how good your house smells when you come home on a day that that roast is cooking. I am keeping my fingers crossed for you…both in the car shopping and the military orders.

  7. 12

    Sounds like life is stressful but a good dinner always helps :-) This sounds great!! I also love brisket in the crockpot…so many uses. I hope you have good news about staying where you are at! Moving is so disrupting! And good luck with finding a car, we have been car shopping too and have the make and model down if we will just decide on one and buy it. I Hate deciding!!

  8. 14

    This is such a great recipe! I love pulled pork in restaurants, but have never attempted at home. Perfect for a superbowl party!

  9. 15

    Sounds deliiiicous! I wish I had a slow cooker (or space for one) – can I come over for dinner? 😉

  10. 17

    I love pulled pork and make it often it’s one of the few times my crock pot gets used lol. Yours looks super yummy! Good luck on the car and staying put! I grew up in a military family so I totally understand wanting to just stay in one place. :)

  11. 19

    Wow, that looks moist and fabulous! My husband would kill for some of this.

  12. 20

    Oh yummy! Simple & delicious. I love me some pulled pork (and slow cooking for those busy days!). :)

  13. 21

    I love doing pulled pork (or beef) in the Crock-Pot! It’s so nice to start it and then just forget about it all day. My fingers are crossed that you get to stay put!

  14. 23

    Jen this looks delicious! I’m a huge fan of pulled pork – us being girls from the south! LOVE your photos!

  15. 24

    I love the look of all those spices!

  16. 25

    I need to pull out my crock pot.. this looks so good!! Really well done!!

  17. 26

    I guess I need to buy a crockpot because this does look like a very simple way to make pulled pork! Love it!

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