Pulled Pork Spice Rub – A Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Spice Rub

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Looking for a slow cooker pulled pork recipe? The first step is to make a pulled pork spice rub to add a punch of flavor, and this recipe is simple as can be with just brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, dry mustard, black pepper and garlic salt.

Pulled Pork Spice Rub – A Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Spice Rub

There are three secrets to making the best pulled pork recipe.

Secret One:

It’s all about the dry rub. The secret to a flavorful pulled pork recipe is in the pulled pork spiced rub. Do not discount the importance of a spice rub for added flavor for your pulled pork.

Secret Two:

It’s all about the cut of meat. For a juicy, tender, mouthwatering pulled pork, you need to start with a fatty cut of pork.  Fat = Flavor.  Fat = Juiciness.

Secret Three:

It’s all in the preparation. You’ve heard the term Low and Slow, right?

Using a slow cooker or crock pot for a low and slow cooking process allows the fat in the pork to slowly render out which prevents a dry, tough cut of pork.

There’s nothing worse than dry pulled pork. Lucky for you, this crock pot pulled pork using a dry rub uses all three of the secrets that I just mentioned.

Pork Dry Rub Recipe Ingredients:

Brown Sugar

Paprika

Chili Powder

Dry Mustard (ground mustard)

Black Pepper

Garlic Salt

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How to Make Pulled Pork Spice Rub?

For the full ingredient amounts and instructions, scroll down to the bottom of the page and view the recipe card. 

  1. Combine brown sugar paprika, chili powder, dry mustard, black pepper and garlic salt in a small bowl.
  2. Sprinkle pulled pork spice rub onto pork butt, and massage into all sides.
  3. If possible, let marinate in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight before cooking.

How to Make Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Dry Rub?

  1. Cover pork butt with pulled pork spice rub and let marinate for at least 3 hours (overnight if you have time).
  2. To the crock pot insert, add the spice-rubbed pork butt.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours or until meat falls apart easily.
  4. Remove pork butt from crock pot insert; take two forks and shred into small pieces. Remove and discard any bones or large pieces of fat.
  5. Return pulled pork to the crock pot juices and stir before serving.

Easy Pulled Pork Recipes

I’m no novice when it comes to pulled pork. I’ve been making it different forms and preparation methods for years.  Check out some of our favorite pulled pork recipes, all of which are easy to make.

What goes with pulled pork for dinner?

Pulled pork is the ultimate dinner companion.  Serve it up with a plethora of southern side dishes to please the entire family.  Here are our top 20 favorite side dishes for pulled pork.

Can you slow cook pork without liquid?

Yes, absolutely.  No liquid is required to make an amazing pulled pork recipe in a crock pot or slow cooker.

The trick, instead, is to use a fatty cut of pork such as a pork butt (also called a Boston Butt). During the cooking process, the fat from the pork butt with slowly render out of the meat to create it’s own liquid. No liquid is required for crock pot pulled pork!

Notes About Pulled Pork Spice Rub for the Crock Pot:

  • For the best pulled pork, use a pork butt which is also called a Boston butt or pork shoulder.
  • Do not trim off the excess fat from the pork butt.  This is what makes a tender, juice pulled pork recipe.
  • Use your hands to really massage the pork spice rub into the meat.
  • For more flavor, marinate the pork in the pulled pork dry rub for a few hours or up to overnight; however, this step is not required if you’re short on time.
  • If needed, substitute garlic powder and salt for garlic salt.
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Pulled Pork Spice Rub - A Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Spice Rub

Looking for a slow cooker pulled pork recipe? The first step is to make a pulled pork spice rub to add a punch of flavor, and this recipe is simple as can be with just brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, dry mustard, black pepper and garlic salt.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Marinate Time3 hrs
Total Time11 hrs 5 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crock Pot Pulled Pork, pulled pork dry rub, pulled pork spice rub, Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard (ground mustard)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic salt
  • 3 - 4 pound pork butt

Instructions

Pulled Pork Dry Rub

  • In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, dry mustard, black pepper and garlic salt.
    Looking for a slow cooker pulled pork recipe? The first step is to make a pulled pork spice rub to add a punch of flavor, and this recipe is simple as can be with just brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, dry mustard, black pepper and garlic salt. 

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

  • Sprinkle onto pork, and massage gently into all sides.
    Looking for a slow cooker pulled pork recipe? The first step is to make a pulled pork spice rub to add a punch of flavor, and this recipe is simple as can be with just brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, dry mustard, black pepper and garlic salt. 
  • If time allows, let meat marinate in spice rub for several hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
    Looking for a slow cooker pulled pork recipe? The first step is to make a pulled pork spice rub to add a punch of flavor, and this recipe is simple as can be with just brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, dry mustard, black pepper and garlic salt. 
  • To prepare, add spice-rubbed pork butt to slow cooker insert.
  • Cover and cook on high for approximately 4 hours or on low for 8 hours or until the meat falls apart and is tender.
    Looking for a slow cooker pulled pork recipe? The first step is to make a pulled pork spice rub to add a punch of flavor, and this recipe is simple as can be with just brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, dry mustard, black pepper and garlic salt. 
  • Remove pork from crock pot. Discard bones and large pieces of fat. Shred with two forks. Return pulled pork back to crock pot juices, stir and serve.
    Looking for a slow cooker pulled pork recipe? The first step is to make a pulled pork spice rub to add a punch of flavor, and this recipe is simple as can be with just brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, dry mustard, black pepper and garlic salt. 

Notes

  • For the best pulled pork, use a pork butt which is also called a Boston butt or pork shoulder. 
  • Do not trim off the excess fat from the pork butt.  This is what makes a tender, juice pulled pork recipe.
  • Use your hands to really massage the pork spice rub into the meat.
  • For more flavor, marinate the pork in the pulled pork dry rub for a few hours or up to overnight; however, this step is not required if you're short on time. 
  • If needed, substitute garlic powder and salt for garlic salt.
  • Looking for an oven pulled pork recipe? Try our favorite recipe, found here.

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