Crockpot BBQ

Busy weeknights call for simple dinners. This 3 ingredient Crockpot BBQ will help you put dinner on the table in no time! The best part- this pork can be transformed into several different dinners!

Crockpot BBQ Sandwich on a plate with toppings in the background

My family loves it when I can tell them that we are having BBQ for dinner. The tricky part of making this for dinner is that it could easily become an all day event. Once I discovered that I could allow the crockpot to do the work for me, I was able to add this to the menu on a weekly basis! I love how simple this is, yet it is still full of flavor! The best part of this recipe is that you can turn this pulled pork into a variety of dinners! Some of our favorites are pulled pork tacos, kalua pig and salads with pulled pork! The ideas are endless!

What is the best cut of pork for pulled pork?

Many people enjoy a pork shoulder, also known as a boston butt or picnic roast for pulled pork. It cooks easily and shreds with ease.  We stumbled across boneless country ribs a few years ago at Sam’s Club and have been enjoying it ever since.  Sometimes they may be hard to find- you can definitely use a pork shoulder if you would like!

What is the best way to shred the pork?

We typically use two forks and press them into the pork and pull in opposite directions.  If the pork has cooked long enough, this should not be a tough task.  If you are finding it difficult to shred, try letting it cook a little longer.

I don’t care for vinegar based BBQ sauce, can I use something else?

Yes!  They best part of this meat is once it is cooked, you can add any sauce you would like!  I grew up in Virginia and lived in North Carolina for many years, so Vinegar based sauce is a personal preference!

Ingredients for our Crockpot BBQ

  • 2.5 – 3lbs Boneless Country Style Ribs
  • 10 12 shakes Liquid Smoke
  • 1 TBS Kosher Salt
Crockpot BBQ ingredients

How to make our Crockpot BBQ

First, place boneless country style ribs in a crockpot or slow cooker

Country Style Boneless Ribs in crockpot

Next, add 10-12 shakes of liquid smoke to the pork. If you like a smoky flavor, feel free to add 5-10 additional shakes.

Pouring liquid smoke on Crockpot BBQ

Place Crockpot on low for 8 hours. As tempting as it may be, do not open the lid while it is cooking! This will slow the process and the pork will not cook as quickly as it should!

Crockpot BBQ after cooking before being drained

After the pork has finished cooking, drain excess liquid and shred pork using two forks pulling away into opposite directions. Add 1 cup of your choice of Barbecue sauce. We like to use a mixture of 3/4 cup barbecue sauce and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar.

Adding sauce and vinegar to Crockpot

Finally, stir well and serve immediately or place on keep warm until ready to serve.

Crockpot BBQ shredded with sauce
Crockpot BBQ Sandwich on a plate with toppings in the background

This dinner has become a staple in our household. We love it because not only is it delicious, it is so easy and convenient to make. Everyone can enjoy their dinner hot, no matter what time they are eating. Give this easy Crockpot BBQ a try and your family will thank you!

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Crockpot BBQ

Crockpot BBQ

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2.5 - 3Lbs Country Style Boneless Ribs
  • 10-12 Shakes Liquid Smoke (Natural Hickory) (1 tsp)
  • 1 TBS Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. Place boneless country style ribs in a crockpot or slow cooker
  2. Add 10-12 shakes of liquid smoke to the pork. If you like a smoky flavor, feel free to add 5-10 additional shakes.
  3. Place Crockpot on low for 8 hours. Do not open the lid while it is cooking! This will slow the process and the pork will not cook as quickly as it should!
  4. After the pork has finished cooking, drain excess liquid and shred pork.
  5. Add 1 cup of your choice of barbecue sauce
  6. Stir well and serve immediately or place on keep warm until ready to serve.


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