I absolutely LOVE my slow cookers. Yes, I have more than one. Three, in fact, if you count my Instant Pot. (See them here, here and here.) There are truly few things better than throwing a few ingredients into a slow cooker in the morning, going about your business (with a few stops in the kitchen to stir and/or just smell the aromas), and ending up with a delightful meal a few hours later.
Pulled pork is easily one of my favorite things to make in the slow cooker because it's so damn versatile. Whether you're craving sandwiches like these, tacos, posole, or a mean grown-up-grilled-cheese, the possibilities are kind of endless. So get out that slow cooker and get cooking!
Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Serves 4 (with pulled pork to spare)
One 2-3-lb boneless pork shoulder
2-3 tablespoons Good on Everything Rub (get yours here) or your own favorite barbecue rub
1 large red onion, peeled and cut into wedges
6-8 cloves garlic, peeled
4 hamburger buns
Your favorite BBQ sauce (I like North Carolina-style vinegar sauce), cole slaw, pickle slices, and pickled red onions for toppings
Rub pork shoulder all over with the Good on Everything Rub. Be sure to get into all the crevices! Place the pork in your slow cooker and nestle the onion and garlic on top of and around it. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4. In general, I prefer to slow cook proteins like pork shoulder or beef short ribs on low because it really gives the fat time to break down, giving you that fall-apart texture.
Transfer the pork to a large bowl and, using two forks, pull the meat apart into bite-sized shreds. I like to smash/chop the onion and garlic and toss it back in with the pulled pork as well. Allow the liquid in the slow cooker to cool and then discard.
Toast the hamburger buns lightly. If you like, you can toss some pork with your favorite BBQ sauce before building your sandwiches. I like to leave the pork itself as-is. Place a generous scoop of pork on top of the bottom bun and top with BBQ sauce, cole slaw, pickles and pickled red onions. Be sure to serve with extra napkins because this one's gonna be messy!