Growing up in the south, I’m pretty familiar with pork barbecue. I’m also familiar with the fact that most commercially available versions from barbecue places have high fructose corn syrup or other non-foods in their sauce.
Boston butt is one of the easiest cuts of pork to cut and it is also one of the cheapest to buy. I’ve been able to find Boston butt from pastured pork at great prices, and slow cooking this recipe makes it incredibly tender. It’s also an easy recipe to make on days when you are out of the house all day and need dinner to be ready when you get home.
For our family, one Boston butt will easily spread to 3-4 meals of leftovers and the kids love it. We’ve even done barbecue omelets with leftovers. If you’ve never tried Boston butt before, I’d encourage you to try this recipe.
Slow Cooker Boston Butt Recipe
- 2 large sweet onions
- 4-5 lb Boston butt roast
- 1 TBSP chili powder
- 1 TBSP paprika
- 1 TBSP garlic powder
- 1 TBSP sea salt
- 1 TBSP celery salt
- 1 TBSP basil
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 (15 oz) can crushed pineapple (or one whole fresh pineapple)
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 cups barbecue sauce
- Thinly slice the onions and place them in the bottom of a 6-quart or larger slow cooker.
- Rinse the Boston butt and place it on top of the onions.
- Sprinkle with spices.
- Pour the whole can of pineapple over it. If using fresh pineapple, peel, core, and thin chop the pineapple and place over pork.
- Add the apple cider vinegar.
- Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 10-12 hours or until fork tender. Don't open until at least 8 hours and then check for tenderness.
- Shred with two forks to make pulled pork and top with barbecue sauce if using.
Are you a barbecue fan? What is your secret recipe? Please share below!
Discussion (40 Comments)
Hey there Wellness Mama, you rock! Whenever I go on Google to look for a recipe yours is always the best. So now I just look for your recipe and ignore the others. Thanks for your great taste.
How do you eat the pulled pork – by itself? We would normally eat it on a bun, so just wondering. It sounds really good!
Do you have a barbecue sauce recipe?
I would love a homemade recipe for BBQ sauce too 🙂
Blue Sky BBQ sauce is all natural if you can find it in your area.
This is a huge tease for someone who is allergic to pineapple. Was planning on making a variation that uses apples/apple juice instead.
It would probably be delicious with Apple! You might want to swap out the basil for parsley, and use red onions.
Catie Meyer Schamel
I’m making this today, and really looking forward to it. Your directions didn’t mention when to add in the ACV, so I just tossed it in with the pineapple juice…was that right?
That was right! Thanks for the heads up, I’ll try to edit that!
Catie Meyer Schamel
Delicious! I’m making it again this morning!
This was delicious! It’s our new favorite pulled pork recipe. 😉
Thank you sooooo much for this recipe! I made it the other day and it was spectacular! This will become a staple in my house for sure.
I’m a little confused. Are you supposed to use a 15 oz can of pineapple or pineapple juice. The ingredients say one thing, but the directions imply another. Thanks.
*The 2nd sentence should have a ?
I was wondering the same thing