'Pulled' Pork Hack

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When smoking or grilling some pork butt low and slow isn't an option, putting a small pork roast in the crock pot certainly is and it delivers some pretty darn tasty pulled pork!

Here's a nice little hack for making some really great 'Pulled' (shredded really) Pork done in the crock pot.

A classic margarita mix adds some nice flavor to the pork. Tequila optional.Photo byMike Thayer

Talk about some flavorful, oh-so-tender, and juicy pork!   And this recipe is versatile.  You can go classic BBQ, Mexican, or even Asian cuisine with this recipe/shortcut/hack.


  • 2 pounds of pork loin
  • Your favorite dry rub
  • Two cups of Margarita mix
  • A splash of liquid smoke (optional)


Rub that pork loin with your favorite dry rub. If you don't have a favorite rub, Kosher salt and black pepper will do just fine.  Place in a zip lock bag and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, overnight is even better, and up to 24 hours is best.  After that pork loin has gotten all happy in the fridge, place it in the crock pot, pour in the Margarita mix, and cook it on the high setting for 5-1/2 hours.  Shred in a large bowl or tray/dish and serve.

SO easy, SO simple, SO tender, SO tasty!Photo byMike Thayer

Serving suggestions:

  • Mix with BBQ sauce when shredding, and serve on a garlic butter toasted bun with coleslaw
  • Skip the BBQ sauce and create some shredded pork tacos, serving on a tortilla with all the traditional taco toppings and salsa
  • Stir fry some vegetables creating some sweet and sour pork (the liquid in the crock pot makes a great base for the sauce) or break out the rice and Soy for pork fried rice.

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~ Mike

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