Slow Cooked Pulled Pork

Slow Cooked Pulled Pork |

So, I wanted to post this recipe with 100% whole wheat rolls, but my recipe still isn’t good enough. I’m thinking a delicious 100% whole wheat dinner roll is just impossible.

2020 update: I was wrong above! These whole wheat rolls are AMAZING. So very fluffy and they stay soft for days!

So here’s my Super Bowl post. Meat!

People watching football like meat, right? I thought about posting fried mozzarella or deep-dish pizza, but I went for something a tiny bit healthier.

Slow Cooked Pulled Pork |

I’m super picky. And this pulled pork is one of the very few ways I enjoy pork. Smoked meat like we have in Texas doesn’t really exist in Germany, so I have to fake it.

This recipe uses liquid smoke to help it seem more “authentic” and it’s cooked in a slow cooker until it basically falls apart. Although it takes a long time for the meat to be ready, preparation time is minimal. You don’t even need to brown the sides of the meat first.

I think everyone else smothers their pulled pork in sauce, which gives the meat flavor. This recipe gives the meat some flavor first and it’s amazing on it’s own, but if you prefer to use sauce, go ahead and add that at the end.

Wondering what to serve with it? This skinny classic coleslaw from Healthy Seasonal Recipes would be great! So would this summer corn salad. I’m also excited to try this best potato salad recipe.

Slow Cooked Pulled Pork

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  • Yield: 6 - 8 servings


  • 2 pounds (900 grams) boneless pork roast
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning or enough to cover your meat (I use Tony Chachere’s)
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 large onion, chopped finely
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons liquid smoke
  • water


  1. Rub the Cajun seasoning on all sides of the meat and place it in the slow cooker or a pot. Place the onion and garlic in the pot around the meat, and then pour in enough water so that the water comes up 2/3 of the way up the sides of the meat (unless your slow cooker says otherwise). Stir in the liquid smoke and cover.
  2. In a slow cooker, cook for six hours on high. In a pot on the stove, let it simmer, covered, for about 6 – 7 hours or until it falls apart easily when you press it with a fork. It should be extremely tender.


  • Germans: This just isn’t the same without liquid smoke. You can order it here: liquid hickory smoke and mesquite liquid smoke. You can also find it on Ebay. It’s expensive but worth it. You should buy Schweinekamm/ruecken, which is on sale almost weekly at one of the bigger chains. Around here, a good sale price is 2.79€/kg with bones. The normal boneless price is 3.99€/kg, but I’ve weighed the bones after cooking and it’s a better deal to buy it with the bone.

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7 comments on “Slow Cooked Pulled Pork” — Add one!

  • Erin says
    February 4, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

    Miryam – I know I like the bad veggies. :(

    I'll stop eating corn and peas but I love potatoes too much to stop. Instead of eating 500 grams of potatoes at once (sadly I'm not joking) I'll cut down on them. A lot! Thanks for the tip. :)

  • says
    February 3, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

    Yeah frozen strawberries. Then the consistency is like a real smoothie. Trust me you won't even know there is spinach in there especially if you sweeten the smoothies with a bit of honey.

    I do eat pork when I go to Spain and my mom cooks it but for the most part not a big pork eater unless it is prosciutto :-) which I don't get often.

    The veggies you mentioned you liked are the starchy veggies, which I forgot to mentioned on my previous post. There are still veggies but the ones that contain the most carbs :-)


  • Erin says
    February 3, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    Miryam – I could never taint strawberries with spinach! Maybe frozen strawberries though. Lately, I've been eating a cup of spinach a day but I gag a lot because I dislike the taste so much. And sometimes the gagging is pretty bad, so maybe I should try your smoothie recipe to make it go down easier.

    Do you not eat pork? Pork tenderloin is good stuff! I'm not a huge pork fan. I like tenderloin, pulled pork and schnitzel and that's it.

    Nora – You got me to eat avocados but only in pudding form. :) I tried a tiny piece of plain avocado and it was gross. Something about that color and slimy texture puts me off. And yay! Someone else who doesn't like their food touching. That makes me happy.

    I'm sorry you have such limitations on your diet. It must be so hard. I have a thing with certain cheeses too. In non-melted form, they make the inside of my ears itch and then I produce lots of saliva. Kind of weird and gross, but at least it's not serious.

  • Nora @ Natural Noshing says
    February 3, 2012 @ 2:26 am

    You are too cute Erin! Picky but still cute :) You know, everyone has their thing! At least I got you to eat avocados – that has to count for something, right?!?

    I don't like certain things touching – I would MUCH rather have my rice and cooked grains on the side so I can eat it with salt and pepper alone as opposed to alongside my main meal. Cheese is good on about anything – I totally agree :) Just wish I could eat larger servings! I can tolerate certain cheeses and milk products better than others but never cow's milk.

    As for this recipe, the pulled pork looks delicious even without a bunch of sauce!

  • says
    February 2, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

    Wow, so you are really picky with food or at least with the veggies :-)

    Honest to goodness you have to try my strawberry, banana and fresh spinach smoothie. You will not even notice any spinach in it. This is what I do, at least once to twice a week for my kids. It is super nutritious and my kids can't even tell it has spinach in it. They love the green color of it as well :-)

    That pulled pork sounds really good. My husband would love that but he is out of luck because I have never prepared pork before :-) Maybe one day. He is lucky that I am going to get to make some chicken buffalo dip for Sunday…..


  • Erin says
    February 2, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

    Yay! I'm happy I'm not alone. I've never met another adult picky eater. Have you ever ordered a hamburger in a restaurant? No matter how many times I say, "Only cheese, meat and the roll, nothing else," it usually comes out with some ketchup or something that doesn't belong. When I was little, some people would make me eat the hamburger anyway, and then it'd come back up a few minutes later. People don't get it. I REALLY hate certain foods.

    You don't like any fruit at all? Not even berries? And butternut squash… haha. That's kind of random. Do you at least try to eat some vegetables? I do but I really hate it. Every day I eat some lettuce, broccoli, spinach, or carrots but it's really hard work. Every bite is a fight. :(

    Here's an article you might find interesting about picky eaters. I don't know why, but this line cracks me up: "For reasons that aren't clear, almost all adult picky eaters like French fries and often chicken fingers, health experts say."

  • Becca says
    February 2, 2012 @ 4:53 am

    You are definitely not alone! I'm such a picky eater, it's ridiculous! I don't like fruits and potatos and butternut squash are the only vegetables I like. I can eat as much potatoes as I like but I can only take butternut sqush in small amounts. The only condiment I like is ketchup ( on anything and everything ex: fish, meat, potatoes, rice etc.) and BBQ sauce but only on chicken. I don't like any other sauce and I always ask for it on the side that way it's not touching my food and I don't like different textured foods touching ( like juicy and solid). This is only a small list of my pickyness. Of course none of this applies to desserts and sweets haha

    I do however like pulled pork. Pork is yummy yummy :)


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