Crockpot Bourbon Bacon Pulled Pork – An easy recipe for the BEST ever crockpot pulled pork!  This pork is slow cooked to perfection with BBQ sauce, spices, bourbon, and the addition of bacon for even meatier barbecue flavor. We love this BBQ pulled pork recipe that makes slow cooker pulled pork tenderloin the most tender and flavorful!

 

crockpot pulled pork

Ok, can I please make myself sound a little “official” here and just say if there is one thing that I know well, it’s good BBQ.

A lot of people attribute BBQ with Kansas City – which is the right thing to do because it’s amazing there.

It’s also amazing everywhere in Kansas!

I’m 99.9% certain that everyone here grows up eating BBQ on a weekly basis.  It’s a mouthwatering staple around here.

Bourbon pulled pork

Pulled pork is one of the first things I ever started making – It’s really simple and honestly our fave dinner in my house.

Since it was one of the first things I attempted to cook, you can imagine by now that I’ve made it about a trillion and a half different ways over the years.

I’m telling you, I’ll never switch up my recipe again.  This one is just right.  And I’ll tell ya why!

I want my pulled pork to have MAX flavor!

For that to happen, I do a simple spice rub and massage it right into the meat first.

Then, a simple sauce – brown sugar, bourbon, apple cider vinegar, and your favorite BBQ sauce.

The apple cider vinegar helps to make the meat extra tender!

This sauce turns out so rich – not too sweet, just right on the tang.  It’s perfection.

After the pork has cooked and shredded, we add in about 1 cup of cooked crumbled bacon.

More if you want – never enough bacon.

It’s a meaty sandwich, tender, tons of flavor, rich and tasty!

crockpot pulled pork

Enjoy this pulled pork!  It couldn’t be easier to make or more melt in your mouth to eat!

Note: Don’t be intimidated by the ingredient list – it’s mostly all seasoning!

~Nichole

4.99 from 71 votes

Crockpot Bourbon Bacon Pulled Pork

Crockpot Bourbon Bacon Pulled Pork - An easy recipe for the BEST ever crockpot pulled pork!  This pork is slow cooked to perfection with BBQ sauce, spices, bourbon, and the addition of bacon for even meatier barbecue flavor. We love this BBQ pulled pork recipe that makes slow cooker pulled pork tenderloin the most tender and flavorful!
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 8 hours
Total 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Place the pork loin in the bottom of the slow cooker.  In a small bowl mix together the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, paprika, pepper, cumin, and cayenne.  Sprinkle the seasoning mixture over the meat and massage into all sides for 1 minute.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the brown sugar, bbq sauce, apple cider vinegar and bourbon.  Pour over the pork loin.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  • Shred the pork using two forks.  Mix in the cooked and crumbled bacon.  Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to use. 

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Nutrition

Calories: 315kcal

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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Hey! Nice to meet you! I'm Nichole!

Welcome to The Salty Marshmallow! I'm a mom, animal lover, photographer, & kitchen mess-maker. Here you will find the result of my decades-long passion for chasing the best flavors in the kitchen, all meant to be cooked by regular people with busy lives just like you and me.

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120 Comments

  1. Hi not sure if this was asked but can I rub the spices on the pork loin the night before and cook in crockpot the next day and add the liquids then . I don’t like to have crockpots on while I sleep

  2. 5 stars
    This is, hands down, the best pulled pork I have ever had. It was an instant hit in my family! I doubled the recipe, kept some of the extra sauce in the fridge, and then added it back in after shredding the meat. Delish!

  3. I am going to use this recipe for a weekend gathering. Is it ok if I assemble the seasoning/ sauce the night before and leave it to marinate in the fridge until morning?

    1. Perhaps I should have assembled everything. Stored the pork in its marinade and spices overnight in the fridge and then in the morning pop it into the slow cooker! Would That have been alright?

  4. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! Everytime I make it my guests request the recipe! I do have to ask though, when doubling the batch would you also double the amount of apple cider vinegar ? Thanks!!

  5. 5 stars
    So flavorful and SIMPLE!! This is my new go-to recipe for pulled pork in the slow cooker. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. What kind of bourbon do you use? I have Maker’s Mark on hand, but that is technically a “bourbon whiskey.” Do you think that it would taste ok with this recipe? Can’t wait to make it!

      1. Great, thank you! I’m not a bourbon expert so wanted to make sure ;). Starting this puppy up to get cooking overnight – can’t wait to try! 🙂

    1. 5 stars
      I used Old Forester bourbon whiskey and made my own bbq sauce. Also picnic pork from Walmart. Turned out FANTASTIC!

  7. Hello! This sounds delicious, but I don’t have a Crock Pot. How would I make this in an Instant Pot?

  8. 5 stars
    We love this recipe. Quick tip for quick, hassle free shredding just remove the meat to a bowl, and shred with a mixer, it is perfect! Then just put the meat back in the suace