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This Smokey Crock Pot Pulled Pork recipe is perfect for my family because we love pulled pork sandwiches, but not everyone is a fan of BBQ sauce. I thought I would try a pork shoulder, with a peppery rub, cooked in the crockpot with some liquid smoke. Easy to do, and tastes great!
These Pulled Pork Sandwiches are full of flavor whether you use BBQ sauce or not!
Spices for Pulled Pork Sandwich Recipe
For the spice rub, I used Black Pepper, Cayenne, Chipotle Chili Powder, Cumin, Paprika, Garlic, Onion, Salt, and Brown Sugar.
Put all the spices in a bowl. Mix them up.
Then, rub the spice mixture all over the pork shoulder.
Put the pork shoulder in a bag and let marinate. I did mine in the evening and let it marinate overnight.
When you are ready to cook the pork, mix a little liquid smoke with some water.
How to cook the pork shoulder
Put the pork shoulder in the crockpot that has been covered with non-stick spray. Add the liquid smoke and water.
I started my pork on high heat and left it there for about an hour.
I then turned the crockpot to low and cooked it for 8-9 hours.
While the pork was cooking I made these super easy rolls. You can find the recipe for them here. Or, you can use any kind of bread or bun you like.
Using a fork, pull the pork apart. It comes apart real easy.
When you finished pulling the pork apart, stir it all up. Mix up some Coleslaw if you like, or get out the BBQ Sauce if that is your style.
Tender, flavorful, and delicious.
Smokey Crock Pot Pulled Pork
For the spice rub…
- 2 teaspoons Black Pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne
- 1 teaspoon Chipotle Chili Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Cumin
- 2 teaspoons Smokey Paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
- 2 teaspoons Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
- Mix all ingredients together. Rub the mixture all over the pork shoulder. Put the pork shoulder in a ziploc bag and marinate over night.
For the pork…
- Mix 1/3 cup water and 1/2 – 1 teaspoon (or more if you like) of liquid smoke. Put the water/smoke mixture in the crock pot along with the pork shoulder. Cook on high for about 1 hour, then reduce temperature to low and cook an addition 8-9 hours, or until pork starts to break apart. Use a fork to pull all the pork apart, and stir. You are now ready to make your sandwich. Use the link above to make your own rolls, or use your favorite brand. BBQ sauce is optional. Enjoy!