Slow Cooker Carolina BBQ

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  • Published Jun 8th
  • Ready In12h 15m
  • Servings10
  • Calories293
Miss the tarheel tradition of a pig pickin'? Then find yourself a crock pot, a big pork shoulder, some cider vinegar and get cooking! While ground and crushed red pepper will provide the basic heat - go the extra mile and find some Texas Pete (or Trappey's) pepper sauce to bring the taste of Carolina to your kitchen.

Slow Cooker Carolina BBQ Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Slow Cooker Carolina BBQ for 10 servings:

  • 1 (5 pound) bone-in pork shoulder roast
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

Slow Cooker Carolina BBQ Cooking Instructions

  • Prep15m
  • Cook12h
  • Ready In12h 15m

To cook Slow Cooker Carolina BBQ, you need about 15 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Slow Cooker Carolina BBQ is about 12 hours , and you can serve your Slow Cooker Carolina BBQ within 12 hours 15 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Slow Cooker Carolina BBQ easily:

  1. 1 Place the pork shoulder into a slow cooker and season with salt and pepper. Pour the vinegar around the pork. Cover, and cook on Low for 12 hours. Pork should easily pull apart into strands.
  2. 2 Remove the pork from the slow cooker and discard any bones. Strain out the liquid, and save 2 cups. Discard any extra. Shred the pork using tongs or two forks, and return to the slow cooker. Stir the brown sugar, hot pepper sauce, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes into the reserved sauce. Mix into the pork in the slow cooker. Cover and keep on Low setting until serving.


  • Sandwich option
  • Scoop pork onto a white bun and garnish liberally with your favorite coleslaw.
  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 293 calories; 17.3 grams of fat; 3.6 grams of carbohydrates; 27.6 grams of protein; 90 milligrams of cholesterol; 776 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Mar 27th 2011

    Wish I could rate this one higher than only 5 stars... yes, it's THAT good. I read several reviews and found an awful lot of whining about the vinegar smell, but honestly, I thought it smell ...

  2. Jan 19th 2009

    This was some incredible BBQ with some incredibly nasty vinegar smell for the first 10 hours of cooking! Thank God we were taking the final product to someone else's house. After the pork w ...

  3. Jan 4th 2009

    Absolutely amazing! I am a displaced Tar Heel living in Alaska, and I would have NEVER thought that I could have North Carolina barbecue all the way up here without flying it in! I have trie ...

  4. Jan 3rd 2009

    I am from North Carolina and have grown up on REAL bbq..and i have to say this is real close..its a great recipe ! my only added suggestion is to add some liquid smoke to this..a good amount ...

  5. Jun 13th 2008

    Absolutely delicious! Yes, it does emit a strong smell of vinegar while cooking, but it's certainly worth it. I followed the recipe exactly as stated, however I cooked on high for 5 1/2 hour ...

  6. Apr 1st 2008

    i set the crockpot and left for class. i came home 3 hours later and was immediately transported back to NC (where I grew up). I said, "mmmm, smells like bbq." my husband said, "ugh, it s ...

  7. Feb 21st 2008

    Oh my goodness! You hit the nail right on the head. I am from eastern North Carolina and grew up with pig pickin's. What a shot of nostalgia with a fraction of the work. I've made this ...

  8. Jan 21st 2008

    The apple vinegar is the key to this recipe. I use a Boston Pork Butt, a cup of apple vinegar, and a 1/2 bottle of Stubbs Marinade. After 6 hours on high in the crock pot, I pull the meat an ...

  9. Jan 19th 2008

    I have been making a version of this for over 20 years--to rave reviews. I highly recommend adding a small amount (1/2 pound of so) of smoked picnic ham to the crock pot to convincingly fak ...