When I know I have a busy day in front of me, I often use my slow-cooker as my go to kitchen appliance to get dinner on the table without a lot of fuss.  Just toss the ingredients in and forget about it.  From stews to pot roast, the slow cooker makes cooking easy.

This morning, after I fed my family breakfast, I spent about 15 minutes seasoning chunks of pork, searing them in a frying pan, and then adding it and a few other ingredients to a slow cooker.  Eight hours later, we were eating tender pulled pork tacos.  All I had to do (aside from the pork), was to heat some corn tortillas, cut some kale, tomatoes and avocados.  Everyone assembled their own tacos, and I was relieved to have not spent too much time in the kitchen.

Pulled pork can be used as a taco, burrito or sandwich filling.  It can also be used over nachos, in salads or over rice.  However you like to eat it, this recipe is a cinch to pull together, and you’ll be happy to have let your slow cooker do most of the work. Enjoy!

Recipe: Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

  • Prep Time: 15 min(s)
  • Cook Time: 240 min(s)

An easy recipe for pulled pork made in the slow cooker.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds fresh pork shoulder
  • 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1-14.5oz can beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke seasoning

Instructions

  1. Cut the pork into large 2-inch chunks. Place the chunks in a large bowl.
  2. Mix the Cajun seasoning, garlic salt, and coriander in a small bowl. Sprinkle the seasonings over the pork and massage the meat until it is completely coated.
  3. Heat a large skillet with the vegetable oil on medium-high heat.
  4. Sear the pork chunks on each side. Transfer the pork to a slow cooker.
  5. Add the onions to the same skillet as the pork. Sauté the onions for 5 minutes until soft.
  6. Transfer the onions to the slow cooker.
  7. Pour the beef broth and liquid smoke over the pork and onions.
  8. Give everything a quick stir and cook for 8 hours on low heat or for 4 hours on high heat. When the pork is ready, pull apart with two forks.
  9. Serve warm in tortillas for tacos, over rice, or as a sandwich filling.

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  • Aviva Goldfarb

    Wow, looks truly amazing. Can’t believe I’ve never used liquid smoke, but I’ll look for some.

  • CalgarySandy

    Liquid smoke is a carcinogen just like real smoke. You are pouring carbon residue on your food.

    • http://aliciacooks.wordpress.com Alicia Mae

      That may be, but liquid smoke tastes good. And since this recipe is more for easy taste-good-ness than healthy-ness, my guess is it doesn’t really matter.

      And by the way, this recipe was DELICIOUS. Well done. :)

  • Gabrielle

    So true, Alicia! Thanks for the laugh. :)

  • jeff

    Liquid smoke is a safe use of flavoring based on FDA, however Europe deemed it questionable. The process of liquid smoke removes tar and particulate. A great alternative to this liquid product is Smoked Spanish Paprika, I like it better because of the herbaceous depth of the smoke. Use about a tablespoon for this recipe. You can also do this with skinless, bone in chicken thighs, chicken broth makes it lighter and a bit of your favorite bbq sauce isn’t a bad addition either. Enjoy.

  • deb

    I love to use kitchen bouquet. it makes the best gravy too when i use it. has a different flavor profile of the liquid smoke i bought once if memory serves me correctly.

  • Sherry peterson

    I made this slow cooker pulled pork on Friday and served it Saturday to four adults and my four grandkids in warm tortillas with all the fixings and everyone loved it. By making it ahead I could easily get rid of some of the fat before I shredded the pork to make this much leaner. I also like that it’s not loaded with sugar like alot of pulled pork recipes. YUM