Auntie Karen’s Crock Pot Pulled Pork

Our good friend Karen is amazing in the kitchen. When she invites you over for a fabulous dinner party, you don’t want to miss it. She assures us that she also can cook a quick dinner using regular-person ingredients.

We put her to the test and asked her for four terrific, easy-enough-for-a-rookie-mom recipes to share over the next few weeks.

I love pulled pork, and I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to work that hard for it. You can put 4 things in a crock pot before work and come home to a delicious-smelling house and a happy family. Plus, you get to eat sandwiches for dinner. Sandwiches!

This recipe will serve 6-8 people and gets dried out if you try to make less, so invite the neighbors over or have it 2 nights in a row! You can make this recipe with boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts as well. I like it on a soft bun with some coleslaw, but it’s also good wrapped in a tortilla.

Recipe: Crock Pot Pulled Pork
serves 6-8


  • 1 boneless pork shoulder, about 2-3 lbs, chopped roughly into 2 inch cubes
  • 12 ounces of your favorite barbecue sauce
  • 2 Tblsp honey (unless your BBQ sauce is very sweet already)
  • salt to taste (1-2 teaspoons)


  • Put everything in a crock pot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • Serve on a bun with coleslaw.

Not-so-secret hints:

  • Feed the baby: As long as it’s not too spicy, the pork and bread should be OK to cut up.
  • Picky toddler: If your kid likes meat there is a good chance he will go for this. Of course, peanut butter and jelly on a bun is a distinct possibility too.
  • Lower the calories: Make a lettuce wrap instead of using a bun; the bun is the caloric culprit here.
  • Make it fancy: Pulled pork ain’t meant to be fancy! {but you could be an overachiever and make your own coleslaw}
  • Leftovers? Do it all over again. I can eat these sandwiches for 3-4 meals in a row before getting sick of them.

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Coleslaw recipe from simplyrecipes for overachievers

Let us know if you make it and what you think!

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Among many other things, I am a toddler mom, a former pastry chef, a San Francisco native, an extensive world traveler, a writer, and an often overwhelmed remodeler. I have recently returned to school to become a certified nurse midwife. I blog at (lifestyles of the carnivorous and fabulous).