19 Hearty Slow Cooker Pork Recipes for Delicious Meals Any Day

Thai Pork Shredded Tacos with Sriracha Slaw
Photo: Andy Lyons

These slow cooker pork recipes range from juicy, slow-simmered sandwich fillings to tender pork roast. We've got them in every style, too (think spicy, Italian-seasoned, and Mexican-inspired). Whichever you choose, any of these delicious pork slow cooker recipes will leave you and anyone at your table feeling satisfied.

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Pork Carnitas Tacos with Cherry-Chipotle Salsa

Pork Carnitas Tacos with Cherry-Chipotle Salsa
Blaine Moats

Translated to "little meats" in Spanish, carnitas is a Mexican shredded pork dish traditionally cooked in lard (though you can use oil). This slow cooker pork shoulder recipe simmers all day with a lovely spice rub (cumin, oregano, chile powder, and cinnamon). Oh, some cherries and garlic get in there as well to enhance the flavor even more. Topped with a tangy-smoky salsa, you'll crave this delicious recipe regularly.

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Italian Pork Roast

Italian Pork Roast
Blaine Moats

Change-up your typical Sunday roast recipe with this flavorful slow cooker pork roast (find the instructions after the stove top steps). Give the boneless pork shoulder a generous seasoning with a blend of herbs, crushed red pepper, garlic, salt, and pepper. Make sure to grab the largest slow cooker on hand. You're going to need the room for all the ingredients to fit.

Buy It: Crock-Pot 7-Quart Manual Slow Cooker ($40, Target)

03 of 19

Pork Ribs in Mole Verde

Pork Ribs in Mole Verde
Karla Conrad

The molé sauce gets its green hue from a blend of tomatillos, green chiles, serrano peppers, and a pile of fresh cilantro. Those bright flavors allow these slow cooker pork ribs to sing with Mexican-inspired flavor. After you remove the meat from the cooker, broil for 5 minutes to get the exterior nice and crispy.

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Fruited Pork Chops

Fruited Pork Chops
Blaine Moats

This slow cooker pork chop recipe is infused with a sweet, tangy flavor thanks to barbecue sauce and a generous portion of dried fruit. You get to choose your fruit, too. Use whatever you want, but apricots, cranberries, and figs (or a combo!) are great options. Have some rolls or corn bread muffins on hand to sop up the delicious sauce.

05 of 19

One-Pot Cuban-Style Barbecue Pulled Pork

Cuban-Style Barbecue Pulled Pork sandwiches
Adam Albright

This slow cooker pork shoulder recipe is going to be an instant win at the table. Starring the flavors of a classic Cuban sandwich, the pork gets sauced up with a blend of tomatoes, molasses, vinegar, and spices. Top with some pickles for extra crunch and tang. Short on time? You can also make this one in a pressure cooker!

06 of 19

Slow-Cooked Pork Carnitas

Slow-Cooked Pork Carnitas
Andy Lyons

Low in carbs, high in protein, and full of flavor, this pulled pork slow cooker recipe makes for an ideal healthy lunch or dinner. Pop the meat and seasonings in the slow cooker right when you wake up, crank the heat to high, and come back five hours later to shred and serve with tomato-avocado salsa.

07 of 19

Thai Pork Shredded Tacos with Sriracha Slaw

Thai Pork Shredded Tacos with Sriracha Slaw
Andy Lyons

Slow cooker tacos? Yes, please! Make pulled pork in the slow cooker seasoned with a taste of Thailand by simmering it in lime juice, soy sauce, honey, ginger, and garlic. Top each stuffed taco with a spicy Sriracha slaw.

08 of 19

Apple-Bourbon Country-Style Pork Ribs

Apple-Bourbon Country-Style Pork Ribs
Peter Krumhardt

Give your slow cooker pork ribs some fall flair! Here the meat gets tons of flavor with a saucy combo of bourbon, apple jelly, brown sugar, and barbecue sauce. After a couple hours in the slow cooker to give the ribs time to cook, add a few tart fresh apples for more flavor. Strain those precious juices to serve alongside for extra sauciness.

09 of 19

Pork Stew with Gremolata

Pork Stew with Gremolata
Jason Donnelly

This slow cooker pork stew is packed with a fresh veggie medley of carrots, celery, and onion. The thyme-infused broth features a bit of white wine for richness. Be prepared: the smells that ensue from this cozy slow cooker stew recipe will have you ready to dive in spoon first.

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Jerk Pork Wraps with Lime Mayo

Jerk Pork Wraps with Lime Mayo
Blaine Moats

The warm, spicy, and herbal notes from jerk seasoning (allspice, thyme, red pepper, cloves) really make this slow cooker pulled pork shine. If you don't have any jerk seasoning on hand, make your own using our recipe. Serve on warmed tortillas with homemade lime mayo, a few slices of fresh mango, bell peppers, and lettuce.

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Pulled Pork with Root Beer Sauce

Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Root Beer Barbecue Sauce
Blaine Moats

You've may have served root beer with sliders, but have you ever served it in sliders? In this pulled pork slow cooker recipe, root beer and chili sauce balance each other out for a hint of both sweet and spicy.

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Braised Pork Sandwiches with Berry-Basil Sauce

Braised Pork Sandwiches with Berry-Basil Sauce
Blaine Moats

Braising meat is one of the easiest ways to transform even the toughest cuts of meat to fork-tender delights. In this slow cooker pork recipe, we've infused pork top loin roast with a tangy berry sauce made from blueberries, raspberry preserves, and balsamic vinegar.

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Green Chili Stew

Green Chili Stew
Blaine Moats

For a delicious boneless pork loin slow cooker recipe, look no further than this hearty stew. The extra few minutes to brown the pork before adding to the slow cooker are well spent in this recipe. Browning brings out the flavor of the meat and adds appealing color.

Buy It: Anolon Advanced Home Hard-Anodized Nonstick 12-Inch Deep Skillet($70, Kohl's)

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Caribbean-Inspired Pork Chili

Caribbean Pork Chili
Jason Donnelly

Chipotle chili pepper and cumin add some smoky heat to this Caribbean-inspired slow cooker pork chili recipe. In addition to the traditional tomatoes and beans you'd expect in a chili recipe, we're topping the dish with mango and cilantro.

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Southwest Pork Chops

Southwest Pork Chops
Kim Cornelison

These slow cooker pork chops have a Southwestern flair thanks to salsa, corn, and Tex-Mex-style chili beans. Prep time is only 15 minutes, so it's the perfect recipe for busy weeknight dinners. Top with cilantro and serve with rice or corn bread.

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Green Chile Pork

Green Chili Stew
Blaine Moats

Need a new slow cooker pork recipe to kick-off your weekly meal-prep session? This delicious green chile pork makes six cups of meat and is versatile for all types of meals throughout your week. Use the spicy filling in tacos, burrito bowls, or stir it into a soup.

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Apricot Chipotle Pork Ribs

Apricot Chipotle Pork Ribs
Kritsada Panichgul

Fans of sweet heat will love the homemade smoky sauce for these slow cooker pork ribs. The trick to whipping up the easy sauce (and keeping the prep time low) is using bottled chili sauce, apricot preserves, and chipotle chile peppers in adobo. It's a 5-ingredient dinner that's worth getting your hands messy to enjoy.

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Slow Cooker Green Chile Stew

Pork and Poblano Green Chili
Jason Donnelly

When it's too cold to go outside, this slow cooker pork stew will warm you right up. To add some natural thickness to your stew, try mashing some of the beans with a potato masher. This is also the perfect make-ahead recipe for those days you know you'll be too busy to cook.

Buy It: Hamilton Beach Manual 8-Quart Slow Cooker($40, Macy's)

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Spicy Pulled Pork

Spicy Pulled Pork
Scott Little

Dr. Pepper (yes, the soda!) is the secret ingredient in the sauce for this barbecue pulled pork recipe made in your slow cooker. The sweetness is a nice counterpoint to the heat of the spicy barbecue sauce that coats each bite of juicy pork.

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