Pulled Pork Recipes for Every Occasion This Season
Pulled pork is affordable and delicious, which makes it an ideal ingredient for weeknight dinners. Since most recipes are great for feeding crowds, it’s a go-to choice for tailgates and potlucks. These recipes will be hit at Sunday Supper, the church potluck, and your dinner party. With company-worthy options like Italian-Style Grits and Greens with Pulled Pork and Mushrooms or our bite-size Petite Sweet Potato Biscuits with Pulled Pork and Slaw, you can use these creative ideas for everything, from main dishes to appetizers. Since your pork must be tender, we have dozens of Crock Pot recipes that cook the meat low-and-slow without a smoker. Whether you need an easy weeknight slow-cooker solution or a tailgating recipe that will wow your sorority sisters, these dishes are easy, affordable, and kid-friendly too. Meet your new weeknight and weekend favorites.
5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
If you ask any pitmaster, they're likely to agree that the key to perfect pulled pork has a lot to do with how long the meat has been cooking. Unlike quickly searing a steak or some shrimp, cooking a pork shoulder on low for hours allows the moisture and flavors of the meat to be sealed inside. This pulled pork recipe recipe mimics the 'low and slow' method, and the juicy result is certainly worth it. It's tender, soft, and melts in your mouth. Even better news? You've probably got most of the ingredients you need to make this exceptional pulled pork already in your pantry or fridge – now all you need is a great pork shoulder. This simple recipe calls for a few sweet onions, some seasoning blend, chicken broth, salt, and a tenderloin. That's it. Give the pork between eight to ten hours in your slow cooker, and it will be fork tender and ready to shred by dinner time. Plus, it'll fill your house with a mouth-watering aroma.
Pulled pork is a regional classic, and we believe that all Southerners should be able to make it. This slow cooker pulled pork is a great foundation for both amateur and seasoned cooks, and doesn't take much time to prepare in advance. When it comes to seasoning the meat, we recommend a spice blend of garlic powder, oregano, and crushed red pepper. You can often find this already blended in the spice aisle of your local grocery store, but don't be afraid to mix up the ingredients if you've already got them all on hand. We tested this recipe with McCormick Grill Mates Backyard Brick Oven Seasoning, but try swapping in your favorite pork rub if desired. If you'd rather not serve this great pork dinner recipe as a main dish, it can easily be subbed into many of your other favorite recipes. Try making Pulled Pork Nachos for game day or as a Friday night family dinner treat. Or, whip up some Pork Noodle Bowls as a cozy dinner recipe on cold evenings. We also love topping this juicy pork with our favorite local barbecue sauces – like Alabama white sauce – and serving as a pulled pork sandwich next to some creamy potato salad and a cup of banana pudding. If you're looking to share this recipe with friends, we definitely recommend preparing 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Pork for your next potluck or church gathering; you'll have everyone asking for the recipe.
5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork
Pork Carnitas Nachos
Recipe: Pork Carnitas Nachos
No one will protest when you announce you’re serving nachos for dinner. Your slow cooker helps slash hands-on time to make this recipe incredibly easy.
Italian-Style Grits and Greens with Pulled Pork and Mushrooms
Company coming? This meal is comforting and impressive. Slow-cooker grits make prep easier, and the pork can be made up to two days in advance.
BBQ Pork Loaded Baked Potatoes
Recipe: BBQ Pork Loaded Baked Potatoes
This fun recipe might be your family’s new favorite way to eat barbecue. Make a toppings bar for the kids to customize their potatoes.
Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos with Fresh Tomato Salsa
Hard Cider-Braised Pork
Recipe: Hard-Cider Braised Pork
All of the fall flavors you crave meet in this comforting dinner recipe that you’ll want to make all season long.
Harry Young’s Burgoo
Recipe: Harry Young’s Burgoo
This storied Kentucky stew has changed over the years, but it’s still made with a big crowd in mind. Make some for dinner now, freeze some for dinner later.
Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos Al Pastor with All the Fixings
This tender pork cooks in pineapple and chipotles in adobo for the perfect sweet and spicy mix. Fresh toppings like radishes, onion, cabbage, avocado, and goat cheese add flavor and texture.
Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork
Pulled Pork Barbecue Nachos
Recipe: Pulled Pork Barbecue Nachos
Stop by the local barbecue joint to pick up pre-pulled pork and throw together the easiest dinner of the week. Make it again to watch the game on Saturday.
The Southern Living Pulled Pork Sandwich
Championship Pork Butt
Recipe: Championship Pork Butt
This pork butt is injected with marinade and coated in a dry spice rub for double the flavor. It’ll win the game at every tailgate you attend.
Southwest Pork Stew
Tangy Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder
Recipe: Tangy Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder
Soy sauce, vinegar, and brown sugar slow cook to form the ideal sweet and tangy sauce for tender pork shoulder.
Petite Sweet Potato Biscuits with Pulled Pork and Slaw
This big-batch recipe freezes well, so have these mini biscuits at this week’s tailgate or dinner party and next. With a bit of sweet and savory, these are the perfect bites.
Pulled Pork Griddle Cakes
Recipe: Pulled Pork Griddle Cakes
Fresh cherry salsa is the ideal topping for these savory cornmeal griddle cakes and pulled pork. This recipe has a high yield, so invite the neighbors over to enjoy, too.
Barbecued Pork Quesadillas
Pork Noodle Bowls
Easy Brunswick Stew
Barbecue-Peach Summer Rolls
Chalupa Dinner Bowl
BBQ in a Blanket with Buttermilk-Ranch Sauce
Upgrade your pig-in-a-blanket recipe with pulled pork and a four-ingredient sauce that you’ll want to bottle and save for chicken fingers and barbecue sandwiches.
Barbecue Mac and Cheese
Quesadillas al Pastor
Recipe: Quesadillas al Pastor
Pineapple-avocado relish adds color and freshness to this easy quesadilla recipe that you can make for lunch, dinner, or football watch parties.
Korean Cabbage Wraps with Sweet-and-Sour Cucumber Salad
These low-carb wraps are a fun way to get a healthy meal on the table. Chili paste adds heat that’s evened out with a sweet-and-sour cucumber salad.
Summer Brunswick Stew
Recipe: Summer Brunswick Stew
Soups and stews aren’t reserved for cold weather. With a light broth and summery additions like fresh corn, lady peas, and tomatoes, you can enjoy this recipe all summer long.
Barbecue Pork Sandwiches
Smoked Pork Shoulder
Recipe: Smoked Pork Shoulder
If you’re serious about authenticity, our hickory-smoked pork shoulder should be your weekend recipe. It doesn’t get better than this.