Crock-Pot Boston Butt Shoulder for Pulled Pork

Recipe by Red_Apple_Guy
READY IN: 9hrs 20mins


  • 5
    lbs boston butt
  • 13
  • 12
    cup your favorite barbecue rub (your favorite kind)


  • Rinse roast and remove as much fat from the outside as is practical.
  • Dry the roast and slather with mustard.
  • Add enough rub to cover the roast evenly (don't be stingy).
  • Using hands, rub the spices and mustard into the roast on all sides.
  • Place 1 1/2 inch balls of aluminum foil in a 4 or 5 quart crock pot to raise the roast above liquids that will collect in the pot.
  • Place the roast into the crock pot and set on low.
  • Cook the roast until it is 190 to 200F internal temperature.
  • During the cook, the liquids collected may be removed and chilled for defatting.
  • Depending on how "hot" your crock pot cooks, this may take 8 to 12 hours on low or 5 to 8 hours on high. I recommend using temperature rather than time.
  • Another indication of doneness is to try to remove the blade bone by hand. If it can be easily removed, it is done.
  • Rest the roast until it can pulled apart by hand or with forks. Remove fat as you pull the pork.
  • Wet the roast with a portion of the defatted juices and mix.
  • Serve with your favorite sauce, applied on the side or on top for sandwiches.