Crockpot Recipe: Beer Pulled Pork

Crockpot Recipe: Beer Pulled Pork - Future Expat

I love pulled pork and was excited when I discovered this recipe on Chow.com for crockpot pulled pork. I decided to change up the recipe a bit by using beer instead of chicken stock and ditching the barbecue sauce.

The end result was wonderful. I hope you like it as much as I did.

See my step by step directions, or head to the bottom of this post for a printable recipe card with nutritional information. 

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Crockpot Recipe: Beer Pulled Pork

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 lb boneless pork butt (no need to adjust the other ingredients as long as your pork is 2-5 lbs)

Directions:

Crockpot Recipe: Beer Pulled Pork - Future Expat

I have an ancient slow cooker. I got it shortly after graduating from college. It may look dated but it works great, so I don’t see any reason to replace it.

Crockpot Recipe: Beer Pulled Pork - Future Expat

Once you assemble all of your ingredients, place the chopped onions and garlic in the bottom of the slow cooker, then add the beer.

Crockpot Recipe: Beer Pulled Pork - Future Expat

I used Bud Light when I tried out this recipe because I don’t really like Bud Light for drinking and had some in the house.  I actually do like Bud Light for cooking. It gives the food a touch of beer flavoring that isn’t so strong it will turn off people who don’t like beer. This can was room temperature because I was going to use the rest for some beer bread…but it shouldn’t matter if the beer is cold for the crockpot recipe.

Crockpot Recipe: Beer Pulled Pork - Future Expat

Combine the sugar, chili powder, salt, cumin, and cinnamon in a small bowl.

Crockpot Recipe: Beer Pulled Pork - Future Expat

Pat the pork dry with paper towels. Rub the spice mixture all over the pork and place the meat on top of the onions and garlic.

Crockpot Recipe: Beer Pulled Pork - Future Expat

Crockpot Recipe: Beer Pulled Pork - Future Expat

Crockpot Recipe: Beer Pulled Pork - Future Expat

Crockpot Recipe: Beer Pulled Pork - Future Expat

Be sure to cover both sides and the edges well.

Crockpot Recipe: Beer Pulled Pork - Future Expat

Cover and cook until the pork is fork tender, about 6 to 8 hours on high or 8 to 10 hours on low.

Turn off the slow cooker and remove the pork to a cutting board. Set a strainer over a medium bowl. Pour the onion mixture from the slow cooker through the strainer and return the solids to the slow cooker. Set the strained liquid aside.

Crockpot Recipe: Beer Pulled Pork - Future Expat

Crockpot Recipe: Beer Pulled Pork - Future Expat

Using 2 forks, shred the meat into bite-sized pieces, discarding any large pieces of fat.

Return the shredded meat to the slow cooker and mix to combine. Use a spoon to skim and discard the fat from the surface of the strained cooking liquid, and then add 1/4 cup of the liquid at a time to the slow cooker until the pork is just moistened.

Taste and season with salt as needed.

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Want nutritional information?

Click on the + sign in the recipe card below for complete nutritional information.

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