This Slow Cooker Beer Pulled Pork is easy to prepare, feeds a crowd, tastes delicious and is a little bit lighter than traditional recipes. Perfect for winter months and entertaining.
Last year my best friend hosted a little get together around holidays. She had a wonderful and delicious spread waiting for us on the dining table: cheeses, smoked salmon rillette, veggies, dips, and for the main event a big bowl of sweet and smokey and savoury pulled pork that she made in her slow cooker. She told me that it was the famous Dr Pepper pulled pork from Pinterest.
A few weeks later I bought a package of pork loins at Costco and knew that it was my time to make pulled pork. I also knew that I had to use a different recipe. It's one thing to have that at a friend's house but my husband wouldn't like anything made with pop at home. He also isn't a fan of BBQ sauce (I know, crazy!) and the amount of sauce would need to be adjusted. Enter this Slow Cooker Beer Pulled Pork. I have to say I am not sure if beer is much better than Dr. Pepper, but it feels better in my mind. I don't go too heavy on spices and add a little bit of BBQ sauce right in the beginning of cooking along with beer. Once it's cooked, I add more BBQ sauce onto my own portion and my husband adds cayenne pepper and garlic salt onto his. This is what I love about this particular recipe - the end result is the pulled pork that tastes light and clean and is perfect to use for other meals.
And with that I am announcing a new series of Pulled Pork Posts on my site!! There will be Pulled Pork Pies and Pulled Pork Pizza and Pulled Pork Waffles! Yes, that's right, I took Pulled Pork and stuffed it inside crispy waffles and topped them with an oozing poached egg. I spent weeks coming up and testing various ways of using Pulled Pork in anything other than a standard (yet delicious) sandwich. And if you are looking for a delicious Pulled Pork Sandwich, then may I suggest my Cottage Cheese and Jalapeño Rolls from a few weeks ago? They are the ones I used in the photos. These rolls are sturdy enough, yet fluffy. They also have this subtle jalapeño kick that goes so well with the Slow Cooker Beer Pulled Pork.
Did I also mention how easy this recipe is? The only difficult part is chopping an onion and I have to be really honest - you don't necessary need an onion, you can totally omit it, although it's better with the onion! So, even though it takes 9 hours to make, I am filing this under Mom recipe since it takes under 5 minutes to throw it together. And you also get to finish that bottle of beer after using 250ml in the recipe and I love this excuse to drink beer in the morning!!
Slow Cooker Beer Pulled Pork
Makes a lot of pulled pork
Onion, diced - 1 large
Pork tenderloins - 3-4 pounds or 3 tenderloins
Spicy smoked paprika - 1 tablespoon
Mustard powder - 1 tablespoon
Dried parsley - 1 tablespoon
Garlic salt - 1 teaspoon (or more to taste, I use very little salt usually)
Beer - 250 ml
BBQ sauce - 1/4 cup
- Add all the ingredients to slow cooker.
- Cook on low for about 8 hours.
- After 8 hours use two forks to pull pork apart and cook for another 30-60 minutes.
- Serve with more bbq sauce and spices to taste.
After the initial 8 hours of cooking it'll look that there's a lot of liquid, but once the pork is pulled, the liquid will coat all of the little pieces and will become sauce. If there's not enough liquid after pork is pulled apart, then add a little bit more water or stock or beer.