Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Since we started going paleo, my husband has been cooking up a storm in the kitchen. When I first met him, he wasn’t the most confident of cooks, but he’s now well away! He’s not as confident when it comes to experiment and tweaking a recipe, he does follow pretty much to the letter, but that will come in time! He found a recipe for pulled pork and decided to make it for a Sunday lunch a few weeks ago.

The original recipe says to cook the sauce separately from meat and then mix together, once the meat is cooked. But being quite the pulled pork aficionado myself (it’s a thing!) I said to do it all at once and save the faff! You’ll find the way he made this below and you can find the original recipe on Civilized Caveman Cooking. Whichever way you decide to cook this pulled pork, it will, I’m sure, be delish! We served ours in baked sweet potatoes with home made coleslaw and pickles.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 12 hours
Cook Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 1 day


For the sauce

  • 400g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 170g tomato paste
  • 230ml beef stock
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsps cayenne pepper
  • 220g tinned pineapple, diced

For the spice rub

  • 4 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsps dried oregano
  • 1 tbsps ground white pepper
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper

For the pulled pork

  • 3.5kg pork shoulder
  • 2 white onions, thinly sliced


  1. Place all the sauce ingredients into a food processor or blender and whiz until smooth (ish)
  2. Remove and discard the thick layer of fat from the pork.
  3. Mix the spice rub ingredients together (except the meat!) in a bowl, and rub all over the pork.
  4. Place the pork in a dish and pour over the sauce. Leave to marinade for at least 3 hours (or overnight if you can.)
  5. Place the sliced onions into the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the marinated pork and all of the sauce. Cook on low for at least 12 hours (we cooked ours for about 18 hours!)

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