Easy Freezer Pulled Pork


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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!


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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.

Assemble the ingredients for pulled pork: rootbeer, liquid smoke, barbecue sauce, pepper, salt and pork shoulder.

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

Rub the pork shoulder with salt and pepper before you begin cooking,

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

Dice a white onion using a kitchen knife.

Step 2: Chop onion; set aside.

Whisk together the barbecue sauce, root beer and seasonings.

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

Divide the meat into two gallon freezer bags and cover with the marinade.

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.

When you're ready, the pork cooks beautifully in the slow cooker, ready to shred and enjoy!

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.


Easy Freezer Pulled Pork Recipe: the perfect food for your next party!

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What’s your favorite inexpensive way to feed a crowd?


  1. Virginia Jorgensen
    July 16 at 10:00AM

    what do you do with the root beer??

  2. Molly
    July 16 at 10:24AM

    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 at 08:09AM

      Step 3 root. Root beer

    • Anonymous
      February 6 at 09:43PM

      Step 2

  3. July 16 at 11:01PM

    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.

  4. July 17 at 06:20AM

    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!

  5. July 17 at 08:59AM

    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!

  6. July 17 at 10:00AM

    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!

  7. Kim
    August 20 at 12:22PM

    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.

  8. Anonymous
    October 17 at 09:28PM

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

    • Leslie
      July 31 at 02:19PM

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

  9. April 17 at 08:00AM

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

  10. January 2 at 08:09PM

    I made this as a freezer meal, then halved the recipe since I live alone and made it in my mini crock pot… it was amazing! I used Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce and it went well with everything in here! So Delicious, tender, just crazy yummy. Can’t wait to make it for my parents (who are huuuuge BBQ fans) when I visit them! =)

    • Ruth Soukup
      January 3 at 06:10AM

      So glad you liked the recipe!! Can’t wait to hear how your parents liked it. 🙂

  11. Nikki
    October 15 at 01:25PM

    I want to have this tonight, but no longer have 8 hours. Can I cook it on high?

  12. February 27 at 12:20PM

    Just confirming….this 2 bag freezer meal, is just one meal right? Or is it 2 meals? 🙂

    • Ruth Soukup
      February 28 at 10:29AM

      HI Becky,
      Each bag is one meal. And can serve up to 6 people. 🙂

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