Recipe: Slow Cooker Pulled Pork – 3 Ways

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Cook up one batch of meat to set yourself up for three great meals! This slow cooker pulled pork will have you putting BBQ pork sandwiches, pork tacos, and pork gnocchi all on the menu.


4 pounds country style pork ribs
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Ball up 4 large pieces of tin foil and place in the bottom of the slow cooker. 

Combine garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Massage spice rub into pork ribs.

Set pork ribs on the foil balls inside the slow cooker. 

Raw pork in the slow cooker

Cook on low for 6-7 hours. 

Remove ribs from the slow cooker and place on a large cutting board. Let cool for 10-15 minutes. Remove any bones or cartilage from ribs. 

Pork ribs immediately after cooking

Using a knife, cut up the ribs into pieces. The meat will break apart as you chop. Continue to chop until the pork is in small, shredded pieces.

Chopped, cooked pork

Use your slow cooker pulled pork immediately, or place it in zip top freezer bags and freeze for later use.

3 Ways to Use Pulled Pork

Pork Gnocchi

Pan fry frozen gnocchi in 2 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat until browned. Add roasted tomato sauce*, 1 cup of (thawed) frozen peas, and 1 cup cooked meat. Cook for 5-10 minutes until everything is heated through. If sauce thickens too much for your liking, stir in water – 1 Tbsp at a time – until desired consistency is reached. 

*1 jar of store-bought vodka sauce works great here, too. 

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Gnocchi

BBQ Pork Sandwiches 

Combine 2-3 cups of cooked meat with your favorite BBQ sauce. Heat and serve on buns with cheddar cheese, cole slaw or plain! 

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pulled Pork Tacos 

Combine 1 ½ – 2 cups of cooked meat with 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, and 2-3 Tbsp water in a skillet over medium heat. Cook until meat is heated through and spices are mixed in. Serve with warm tortillas and your favorite taco toppings. 

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos

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