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Slow Cooker Pork Butt is a ridiculously easy recipe to make. In an almost effortless manner, you’ll have incredibly tender and delicious pulled pork dish to serve your family.

slow cooker pork butt shredded on a white plate with 2 forks

Making a pork butt in the slow cooker is a great option for week night dinners. You can easily add all of the ingredients to your slow cooker the morning before you head to work.

Then you can come home to a hot dinner that took literally no effort on your part. Who doesn’t need a little more free time in there day?!

It’s been in the last few years that I’ve started to cook a pork butt roast in the slow cooker. Prior I’d always make chicken breast and chicken thighs, but I hadn’t really ventured into cooking pork butts and chuck roasts.

Now it seems every other week I’m making a slow cooker pork butt. 

slow cooker pork butt shredded on a white plate with 2 forks

You’ll be wanting to make our Slow Cooker Pork Butt recipe this week, and just about every week after, if we’re being honest. This recipe is ridiculously easy to make!

Our recipe uses a 4 pound pork butt and makes enough to feed a crowd. Alternatively it can last you and your family throughout the week as a meal prepped protein source to add to any lunches and dinners.

Our slow cooker pulled pork recipe is great because you can make a million different meals with it. Let us know in the comments below how you served up your slow cooker pork roast!

You’ll love how juicy and tender the meat is, and how it just falls apart once slow-cooked for several hours, not to mention it will make your whole house smell amazing as it cooks! 

slow cooker pork butt shredded on a white plate with 2 forks

Ingredients for a Pressure Cooker Pork Butt Recipe

We keep our pulled pork slow cooker recipe super simple by limiting the amount of ingredients. Other than the roast itself, you probably already have these other ingredients on hand in your pantry. 

Pro Tip: At most grocery stores you can call and pre-order your cut of meat. That way when you go in they have it all ready for you making your trip even easier. 

Slow Cooker Pork Butt Ingredients 

  • Pork butt roast
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Water

slow cooker pork butt being shredded with 2 forks

How To Make Slow Cooker Pork Butt

Do you need to sear pork before slow cooking?

So we’ve tried this recipe with searing the pork butt on the stove top prior to adding it to the slow cooker, and our consensus is…it’s not worth it! It makes a small fraction of a difference in the taste, but it takes up more time and you have 1 more pan and utensil to wash.

Pro Tip: If you do end up searing your pork before slow cooking it, make sure that you use a high heat oil like avocado oil, ghee or coconut oil. This is to ensure that you get a nice sear without the risk of heating the oil past it’s smoking point.

How to Cook Pork Butt

Our crock pot pork butt recipe is super easy! First you will add all of the ingredients to a slow cooker and cook on LOW for 8 hours. After that, you will use 2 forks to shred the pork, and serve with 2 tablespoons of the liquid on top to keep the meat moist.

shredded pork in a black slow cooker with 2 forks

What is the Difference Between Pork Butt and Pork Shoulder? 

The name pork butt is actually a little deceiving since the meat actually comes from the shoulder of the pig and not the area you would think it does. While it does come from the shoulder it’s not the same as actual pork shoulder.

The two meat types come from different parts of the shoulder, making each better suited for different types of recipes. 

Pork butt is perfect for making fall-apart-tender pulled pork in your slow cooker or pressure cooker. Pork shoulder, since it is typically sold with the skin still attached is great for recipes where you want a crispy outside. Typically these are slow roasted in the oven rather than cooked in a slow cooker.

Both are technically still great for pulled pork recipes, but experts traditionally go for a pork butt because its a tad bit more tender. 

Is Pork Butt Healthy? 

While a pork roast isn’t as lean as chicken or turkey, it’s still a great source of protein. It may actually be preferred if you are following a high fat low carb or ketogenic diet!

Pork provides vitamins and minerals that will aid with maintaining a well-balanced diet, B vitamins, selenium, and zinc.

Can I Make This Slow Cooker Pork Butt in an Instant Pot? 

If you have an Instant pot, it is a great kitchen appliance for those situations where you need dinner on the table quickly! This pulled pork recipe, like most slow cooker recipes, can easily be turned into an Instant Pot recipe. You will just need to make a few adjustments.

First place all the ingredients into the stainless steel inner pot like the original instructions state. Then you will put the top on and turn the nob to sealed. Next pressure manual, high pressure and then change the time to 60 minutes.

Once the pork butt roast timer goes off, let the Instant Pot naturally release for 15 minutes. Then turn the knob carefully to quick release the rest of the pressure. 

Pro Tip: If you’re afraid of steam or you’re a slow mover, you can either hit the nob with a wooden spoon to release the pressure. Or you can cover the nob with a towel while you turn the nob and then remove the towel while the pressure is being release.

What to Serve With Pork Butt Roast? 

Shredded pork butt is a great dish to serve for a crowd because it typically makes a large batch! BUT, you can’t really just serve your guests a plate of meat. Make it a meal by adding these low carb side dishes.

Serve it up with an appetizer like Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers. Or you could make a pulled pork sandwich on our Keto Bread. Finally serve it with a side of our Zucchini Beer Macaroni and Cheese! It’s a party spread everyone will love!

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Slow Cooker Pork Butt Recipe

Slow Cooker Pork Butt is a ridiculously easy recipe to make. In an almost effortless manner, you'll have incredibly tender and delicious pulled pork. 
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Servings: 12
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Faith

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a slow cooker and cook on LOW for 8 hours.
  • Use 2 forks to shred the pork, and serve with 2 tablespoons of the liquid on top to keep the meat moist.

Notes

So we've tried this recipe with searing the pork butt on the stove top prior to adding it to the slow cooker, and our consensus is...it's not worth it! It makes a small fraction of a difference in the taste, but it takes up more time and you have 1 more pan and utensil to wash.
If you do end up searing your pork before slow cooking it, make sure that you use a high heat oil like avocado oil, ghee or coconut oil. This is to ensure that you get a nice sear without the risk of heating the oil past it's smoking point.

Nutrition

Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 486mg | Potassium: 513mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 2mg
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