Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork


This recipe for pulled pork is courtesy of Emeril Lagasse and is used to make his Crazy Nachos.


  • 1 Boston butt pork roast (6 to 7 pounds), bone-in or boneless

  • 3 tablespoons Emeril's Southwest Essence

  • 1 ½ tablespoons light-brown sugar

  • Coarse salt

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili pepper

  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano, crumbled


  1. Place pork roast in a large, shallow baking dish. In a small bowl, mix together Southwest Essence, brown sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, crushed red pepper, chipotle pepper, and oregano. Using your hands, rub spice blend evenly over pork. Loosely cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

  2. Transfer pork to a slow cooker. Cover and cook on high until tender and falling apart, about 8 hours, breaking into smaller pieces as it becomes more tender.

  3. Remove meat from crock pot and transfer to a large heatproof bowl, reserving juices in crock pot; remove excess fat and bones. Using 2 forks, shred meat. Add enough reserved cooking juices to keep meat moist; season with salt. Serve meat on nachos or on a toasted bun with your favorite barbecue sauce.

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