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Chili Rub Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe

Close up view of pulled pork

Who doesn’t love pulled pork – tender, succulent, juicy shreds of spicy pork.?



Once you make up a batch of this pulled pork, it’s  super versatile. You can use the pork to make a traditional pulled pork sandwich, with barbecue sauce and slaw, use it in your favorite chili recipe, or on top of a Tex Mex Caesar salad. Or you can try it in these delicious recipes for Pulled Pulled Pork Tostadas with Chipotle Cream or Pulled Pork Salad with Peaches and Cilantro.

This recipe is only mildly spiced, so if you like things with a kick, try adding more cayenne to the rub or add some of your favorite hot sauce to the finished, shredded meat.


Recipe courtesy National Pork Board


Makes 8 to 10 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours

3 pounds boneless pork shoulder (butt), or sirloin roast
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon canola oil, or other neutral-flavored oil
1/2 cup chicken broth

Line a 9- by 13-inch baking pan with foil and place the pork in the pan. In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, salt, and cayenne. Rub the mixture over all sides of the meat, pressing it to adhere (if the meat is tied together with twine or netting, just rub the seasoning right over it). Set aside.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add the pork and brown on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the meat to a slow cooker.

Pulled pork recipe

Making up a batch of pulled pork means you can create a number of easy, quick, and delicious recipes.

Add the broth to the skillet, scraping up any browned bits. Add the broth to the slow cooker, cover, and cook until the pork is very tender, 6 to 8 hours on low or 4 to 5 hours on high.

Transfer the meat to a cutting board and let rest 10 to 15 minutes. Use two forks to shred meat into bite-sized pieces. Moisten/season with cooking juices to taste


Interested in more pulled pork recipes?

This easy-does-it recipe for Pulled Pork Toastadas with Slaw and Chiplotle Cream.

Or try  this summer-fresh recipe for Pulled Pork Salad with Peaches and Cilantro.

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Bobbie Hasselbring

RFT founder and the website's former editor-in-chief, Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. She's been an award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook.