Slow Cooker Boston Butt Recipe (Instant Pot Option)

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Slow Cooker BBQ BOston Butt Recipe
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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 BBQ BOston Butt Recipe

Slow Cooker Boston Butt Recipe

An easy slow cooker barbecue recipe with flavors of pineapple and spices.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 5 minutes
Calories 585kcal
Author Katie Wells


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  • 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.


Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Boston Butt Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 585 Calories from Fat 277
% Daily Value*
Fat 30.8g47%
Saturated Fat 11.3g71%
Cholesterol 167mg56%
Sodium 1196mg52%
Carbohydrates 30.9g10%
Fiber 1.9g8%
Sugar 23.9g27%
Protein 44.1g88%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


For the Instant Pot: Follow steps 1-3 as written. Instead of using a slow cooker, put everything except the barbecue sauce in the Instant Pot and set on manual for 60 minutes. Let cook and let steam release naturally after cooking. Mix in the barbecue sauce after shredding. 

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


40 responses to “Slow Cooker Boston Butt Recipe (Instant Pot Option)”

  1. Donna Avatar

    5 stars
    My husband started this in the crockpot early this morning, and it was finished just a few minutes ago, we would definitely do this again, it is delicious ?

  2. Christine Avatar

    3 stars
    OMG – I prepared this using the IP instructions. I used a 4.45lb boneless Boston Butt. I’m not sure if it’s because I kept the butcher twine on or what (though I usually do for this type of cut), but the center was only 144 degrees when I opened up the IP! It was visibly underdone. I tried to compare to other pulled pork IP recipes, and they mention cutting the meat into several chunks first but for similar time and cooking to around 190 degrees. I’m not even sure how long to guess to keep cooking, but this was a big disappointment as I was about to set the table for dinner.

  3. Sare Avatar

    Katie, I have Hashimotos also, am a cancer survivor, and have gluten sensitivity. Your Boston butt recipe looks delicious but I can’t have the sugar in most BBQ sauce. Do you have a recipe for sugar free barbecue?

    1. Nikki Avatar

      There are lines of sugar free bbq sauces that can be purchased in the grocery store, or leave the bbq sauce off. It’s just as delicious without the sauce. I hope you’re able to try this recipe.

  4. Lisa Avatar

    5 stars
    Absolutely loved this; I’m a northerner and we don’t do bbq pulled pork so I didn’t add the bbq sauce. I didn’t have crushed pineapple but I had pineapple juiced so used that. Served it with cooked apples and a spinach soufflé.

    Outstanding. Thank you.

  5. Karen Avatar

    This has become a household favorite of ours! I have a question, though. When you store the leftovers, do you keep it in the liquid from cooking, or do you drain all of the excess liquid and discard?

  6. Nicki Avatar

    Hi, I’m making this now. When the pork is done what do you do with the cooking liquid? Do you discard or shred the pork and put it back in the liquid?

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