Easy Freezer Pulled Pork


Pulled pork is one of those recipes that always intimidated me.  Until, that is, I actually tried it and discovered not just how ridiculously easy it is to make, but how inexpensive it is to make a delicious, hearty meal for a crowd that even the pickiest eaters in the bunch will RAVE about!

The first time I made it I had planned to use pork shoulder (also known as Boston Butt), but the butcher at Publix was inexplicably out of all pork shoulders.  When I told her I was planning to make pulled pork, she recommended I use a picnic cut instead, which is one of the cheapest cuts of meat, but works just as well.  I was a little skeptical when I saw I could get a huge chunk of meat for just five dollars, but I decided to trust the butcher.  After all, she’s never steered me wrong before!

Well.  Let me just tell you that I have now made this easy freezer pulled pork recipe for a crowd several times, and it is always a huge hit!  My $5 chunk of meat easily feeds 8 people, with enough for seconds (and even some thirds!)  It is also a nice “cheater” freezer recipe that can be prepared ahead as part of a freezer cooking day, then frozen until needed.   Seriously, this one is a winner through and through.


Here is what you need:

2 2-3 pound pork shoulder (Boston Butt) or Picnic cut 
salt & pepper
1/2 sweet onion
2 cups barbecue sauce
2 cans Root Beer
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
2 tablespoons liquid smoke (optional)
rolls or hamburger buns


Step 1:  Rub meat with salt and pepper; set aside.


Step 2: Chop onion; set aside.


Step 3: In medium bowl, whisk together barbecue sauce, Root Beer, seasoned salt, and liquid smoke until smooth then add chopped onion.


Step 4: Divide meat into two gallon-size Ziploc bags.  (Be sure to label bags before using!) Divide sauce in half and pour over meat; freeze until needed.


Step 5: Thaw in refrigerator; pour contents into slow cooker and cook on low heat for 8 hours.  Pull meat apart with fork then serve on rolls or hamburger buns.


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{ 11 comments… add one }

  • Virginia Jorgensen July 16,

    what do you do with the root beer??

  • Molly July 16,

    The instructions include ingredients that aren’t listed in the ingredient list. Also, as mentioned above, they don’t state when to add the root beer.

    • Anonymous August 16,

      Step 3 root. Root beer

  • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom July 16,

    Oh my goodness, this does look super easy to make.

    Definitely adding this to my menu!

    Thanks so much for sharing. Wishing you a lovely day.

  • Gladys (The Pinay Mom) July 17,

    I didn’t know making pulled pork is so easy to make until I tried to make my own.The preparation of its ingredients will take a little bit of your time though.And I freeze any leftover too!

  • Ashley @ LeavingTheRut.com July 17,

    This looks delicious!! We usually make our pulled pork on the smoker and although it is delicious, it takes all day, literally!! Can’t wait to give this crock pot recipe a try!! Pinned!

  • Kelly July 17,

    Love the freezer option in this. Makes life so much less complicated to just pull a meal out and drop it in the crock pot! Thanks. Pinned!

  • Kim August 20,

    I love how you have the shopping list and prep sheet in pdf format because then its easily printable or just “saveable” on my tablet. Any chance we can get the accompanying recipes in that format too so I can save it all to be able to view offline as well? That would really be appreciated.

  • Anonymous October 17,

    So do you recommend this full recipe to feed 8 people total? Or is it 2 meals for 8 people?

    • Leslie July 31,

      The article states: “A $5 chunk of meat easily feeds 8 people.”

  • Kelly Cox April 17,

    Thanks for this recipe. Looks yummy. I bet I could score a few points with my husband on this one. :)


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