Perfect Pulled Pork is easy to achieve with your slow cooker. In 5 minutes or less, you can get this tasty dish started and get on with your day. It’s one of my favorite meals for hectic days, because it requires so little time and effort. It also yields a flavorful, scrumptious supper with leftovers to make so many other tasty lunches and dinners.
What’s In Perfect Pulled Pork?
Two simple ingredients will make this delicious pork tenderloin dinner for your family. All you need is a 4 or 5 pound pork loin roast and a box of onion soup mix (one with 2 packets of soup mix).
As you can see, this is an affordable meal. As a matter of fact, for $10, you will have prepped the meat for multiple delicious lunches and/or dinners!
I almost never cooked pork for my family until about 4 years ago. I ate a lot of it growing up, but really, we were more of a beef and chicken family. Pork wasn’t my favorite. It seemed to have lots of fat and not much flavor. So, I have pretty much ignored it most of my adult life.
A few years back, I realized how much more affordable pork is and I started experimenting with different cuts and flavors. And, I learned how to cook it well. It really takes on whatever flavors you cook with it.
So, pork loin roasts have been one of my favorites to cook with ever since. I cut them into thick, boneless pork chops, use them to make rice bowls and noodle bowls. I use it for barbecue and so many other flavor-rich soups, stews and recipes. It’s a protein that I hope you’ll give more consideration after you taste this yummy perfect pulled pork!
How to Make Perfect Pulled Pork
One whole side of your pork loin will be covered in a thick layer of fat. That’s the fat cap. Don’t remove it until after cooking. That’s moisture and flavor that will make your pork irresistibly delicious!
Remove the loin from it’s package and place it in your *slow cooker with the fat cap UP. As it cooks that fat will melt and drip down, flavoring your meat and keeping it tender and moist.
Empty both envelopes of onion soup mix over the top of the pork loin, allowing it to run over the sides of the roast, into the bottom of the *slow cooker.
That’s it! You don’t need anything else. No water, no stock, no salt. Just cover the slow cooker with its lid and set it to LOW. Allow the pork to cook slowly for 4–6 hours through your day. The USDA recommends an internal temperature of 145° with a 3 minute rest time for testing doneness of pork loin.
When the Pork Loin is Finished
Oh my heavens! This pork loin roast is calling my name. Look at all the drippings that the meat and onion soup mix created on their own!
You could have roasted the meat with potatoes and carrots in there, too. Then, you’d be ready to slice it up, make some gravy with the drippings and enjoy a roast dinner. But, tonight, we’re prepping it for pulled pork sandwiches and meals through the week with the leftovers.
Start by removing the fat cap, now that the roast is done cooking. I just use the edge of a fork to scrape and remove it. And I remove ALL of it. I don’t want any left in my finished dishes. Some will argue with me, but that is my personal preference. Discard the fat and the pork is ready to be pulled.
Use the same fork to shred or “pull” your pork loin roast. Toss it with all the delicious brothy drippings in the bottom of the slow cooker, so every mouthful is moist and wonderful. So simple! It’s ready to make sandwiches for dinner.
Pile it high on buns with your favorite barbecue sauce and toppings. It’s absolutely delectable with vinegar-based coleslaw, cheese, pickled onions and jalapenos or any other toppings your family enjoys. I tried to keep my photos minimal so you could really see the fabulous pork, but go ahead, pile on what you love.
Ways to Use Your Leftover Pulled Pork
I made the tacos in this picture by cooking the pork in a slow cooker, too, with different seasonings, specifically for carnitas. But, you can take your pulled pork leftovers and do the same thing.
Just toss the pork in a cast iron skillet with about 2 Tablespoons of oil and some citrus juice and zest. I like mixing orange and lime. Sprinkle in a little cumin and chili powder and heat everything together for a few minutes until the pork starts to get crispy around the edges.
Serve it in warm corn tortillas with your favorite taco toppings! SO GOOD!
This is a picture of my Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells, made with chicken. Substitute the pulled pork for the chicken for a delicious result. Or use your favorite sauce and cheese mixed with the pork and some minced onion, garlic and veggies to create your own version of a stuffed shell.
The possibilities are pretty much endless. If you can make it with chicken, you can make it with pork. Use it in stir fries, noodle casseroles, soup, rice bowls, noodle bowls or so much more.
These aren’t a “dish” in their own right, but they are something you’ll want around for serving pulled pork sandwiches and lots of other dishes. Mix up a simple batch soon and you won’t regret it. Honestly, the onions and the jalapenos are some of our favorite pickles.
Freezing the Leftovers
You can put the leftovers into a zip-top bag with the air pushed out and freeze them, too. They’ll keep in the freezer for about 3 months and you can pull them out when you need pre-cooked meat for a meal in a hurry.
Seriously, you guys have to try this! It’s so flavorful and so versatile and it’s the beginning of so many affordable dishes your family will love.
Big hugs to all! I pray that you and yours are healthy! And, no matter where you are hunkered down during this time, I hope you’re making great memories with the people you love. Sharing time cooking and enjoying the meals you make together can be some of the best times of your life! Don’t miss it!
Enjoy this recipe, my friend!Print
This delectably easy pulled pork will be one of your most favorite “go-to” recipes. It’s so versatile and affordable. Loaded with flavor and adaptable to so many dishes.
- 4-5 lb pork loin roast
- 1 box (2 envelopes) onion soup mix
- Place the pork loin roast, fat cap up, into your slow cooker.
- Pour both envelopes of onion soup mix over the top, allowing some to run over the sides of the roast into the bottom of the slow cooker, too.
- Put the lid on the slow cooker and set it on low.
- Cook the roast for 4–6 hours or an internal temperature of at least 145° with a 3 minute rest time.
- Remove the fat cap.
- Shred the pork loin roast with a fork and toss with the drippings at the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Serve in pulled pork sandwiches or add to any recipe you would use pre-cooked chicken in.
Leftovers can be frozen up to 3 months. Seal them in a zip-top bag with the air pressed out and freeze until needed for a quick and easy dinner.
- Prep Time: 5 min
- Cook Time: 8 hours
- Category: Main Dish, Meat
- Method: Slow Cooker
- Cuisine: American