slow cooker pork and sauerkraut recipe

Welcome to Slow Cooker Week! We’re sharing all our favorite Crock Pot recipes, tips, tricks, and advice this week—and including the Instant Pot, of course, since it slow cooks too. Here, check out the best Crock Pot pork recipes around.

The union of pork and slow cooker is a match made in pig heaven. This is the time to take advantage of those large, inexpensive cuts such as the shoulder (a.k.a Boston butt) and belly. (Ribs and sausage are also welcome to the party.) Transforming these sturdy slabs of swine into juicy, fork-tender mounds of meat will require hours, several in fact, but it’s absolutely worth it. Below you’ll find some of our favorite crock pot pork recipes that are not only mouthwatering, but also extremely easy to execute. They’re great for families or large gatherings, but if you’re flying solo or cooking for two, not to worry, you can take advantage of leftovers for days!

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Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

slow cooker pulled pork recipe

Chowhound

It’s incredible how a dish so simple to prepare can pack such a wallop of flavor. The key here is a multi-prong effort beginning with a spice rub consisting of pantry staples—dark brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, and cinnamon. Phase two involves letting the meat cook on a bed of garlic and onions moistened with chicken broth. For extra tang, consider adding a couple of cups of barbecue sauce. The only hard part is deciding how to serve your pulled pork. Sandwiches (with slaw, of course)? Nachos? Whether you go au natural or take advantage of a carb vessel, it’s bound to be delicious. Get our Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork recipe.

Slow Cooker Pork Ramen

Chowhound

This nine hour endeavor is a far cry from instant ramen. The extra long intermingling of chicken broth, pork, yellow onion, garlic, ginger, leek, mushrooms yields otherworldly results. Seek out fresh ramen noodles, but if you can’t find any, Chinese egg noodles or linguine work too. One slurp and you’ll never mess with the powder stuff again. Get our Slow Cooker Pork Ramen recipe.

Slow Cooker Honey-Ginger Pork

slow cooker Crock Pot honey ginger pork recipe

Eva Kolenko

Nothing is sweeter than tender pork shoulder that’s been simmering in a sauce made with honey. Soy sauce, mirin and ginger (of course) also make the cut adding spicy and salty layers to this Asian-inspired all-star. Toss in a jalapeño for extra heat and serve over soba noodles.  Get our Slow Cooker Honey-Ginger Pork recipe.

Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut

slow cooker pork and sauerkraut recipe

Chowhound

Summer may be grilled hot dog season, but during the winter this sausage and sauerkraut mashup is where it’s at. The recipe is based on the hearty classic Alsatian choucroute garnie and features kielbasa plus boneless country spareribs because you can never have enough pork. Up the homey factor of the dish by making your own kraut.  Get our Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut recipe.

Slow Cooker Italian Pork Shoulder


This cold weather wonder uses aromatic fresh herbs and spices that will have you counting down the minutes until dinner is ready. Be sure to brown your pork before plunging it into its tomato-based sauce. A healthy portion of potatoes are added to the mix to soak up all that goodness, but you might as well buy some bread (or bake your own loaf) for reinforcements. Get the Slow Cooker Italian Pork Shoulder recipe.

Slow Cooker Carnitas Street Tacos


These fabulous street tacos are bound to be a hit with your guests at your next fiesta. Pork shoulder is massaged with spices, but it’s the vibrant citrus addition of freshly squeezed orange and lime juice that takes things to another level. Don’t forget the fixings: a sprinkle of salty queso fresco cheese; sweet and tangy pickled onions to help cut through the rich fat; perhaps freshly prepared tomatillo salsa for added spice. You can even make your own flour tortillas. Get the Slow Cooker Carnitas Street Tacos recipe.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs


If you hunger for pork that’s fall-off-the-bone spectacular, your old pal the slow cooker will come in handy. In order to reach peak tenderness, a nine hour low cook time is required but the wait is worth it. Slather with barbecue sauce and extend your patience for two more minutes as a quick stay in the broiler will make sure your ribs are nice and sticky with a smoky char. Get the Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs recipe.

Kalua Pork


For those of you who may not have the resources to cook a whole pig in an underground oven, here’s the next best thing. Hawaiians tend to take things nice and slow so it makes sense that this taste of the islands will take a half day or more to pull off. Beyond the pork, this luau staple only requires two more ingredients: liquid smoke (hickory or mesquite flavored) and salt (red Hawaiian or pink Himalayan). It’s so easy, yet so delicious. Get the Kalua Pork recipe.

Slow Cooker Pork Belly


Here’s a simple, slow cooker spin on bossam, the popular Korean boiled pork belly dish. This method ensures that more fat is rendered, so the end result is extra supple. It’s worth tracking down a bottle of doenjang (fermented soy bean paste) to add some umami depth to the seasoning which also includes garlic and ginger (not to mention the sweet and salty glaze that’s also recommended). Cut up some lettuce leaves and serve as a wrap. Get a full spread going by adding some banchan (Korean sides) and jeon (vegetable pancake) to accompany your pork or to snack on during the hours-long cook time. Get the Slow Cooker Pork Belly recipe.

Slow Cooker Bacon Garlic Pork Loin


It’s double the pig, double the fun with this six ingredient stunner. Start with a three pound loin (trimmed of fat). Then rub with canola oil, kosher salt, and fresh cracked black pepper, followed by a topping of minced garlic and light brown sugar. Wrap with bacon, set the timer to four or five hours and you’re golden. The meat will cook in its own juices, ensuring it’s flavorful and crispy (if the latter isn’t quite where you want it to be, throw your pork-encased pork under the broiler for a couple of minutes). Snap a few photos for your social media before digging in. Get the Slow Cooker Bacon Garlic Pork Loin recipe.

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David is a food and culture writer based in Los Angeles by way of New York City. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, CBS Local, Mashable, and Gawker.
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