Slow Cooker Pulled Pork in a Mushroom Sauce Recipe
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This slow cooker pulled pork is so tender and delicious, you’ll want to sing when you try it. These are the kind of leftovers you don’t grow tired of; we’re talking about pulled pork sandwiches, juicy tacos, burritos or served over a bed of rice,…. Just writing that makes me crave some!
This is a slow cooker recipe (an overwhelming number of you requested easy slow cooker meals when I took my poll). It’s the same recipe that my sister made for my nieces 1st b-day party. I’ll have you know this pork was a huge hit at the party and I didn’t leave until my sister had written down every detail of the recipe.
You can literally throw this together in 30 minutes then go live your life for 5 hours and come back to the best shredded pork you’ve ever tried. This is a perfect Sunday dish because you can set the slow cooker on in the morning and it will be done when you get home for lunch. P.S. I’ve also learned that placing your slow cooker in the garage is a good idea if you don’t want your house to smell like food. Just thought I’d pass that along.
Ingredients for Slow Cooker Shredded Pork:
4 1/2 lbs Boneless Pork sirloin roast (mine came in a package of 2; sometimes it’s 3 pieces)
3 cups (1 lb) baby carrots or thick-sliced carrots
1 to 1 1/2 lb fresh mushrooms, rinsed, dried and thickly sliced
1 large Onion, finely diced
1/2 head of garlic (about 6 cloves), pressed
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 oz Onion Soup or Dip Mix (I found an organic one at Rosauers)
1/2 Tbsp Mrs. Dash seasoning
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Salt to taste (I added 1 tsp).
How to Make Slow Cooker Shredded Pork:
1. Line the bottom of your slow cooker with the baby carrot
2. Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet over very high heat, then swirl in 4 Tbsp cooking oil. Add pork loins and sear all the large sides of your pork loin (2-3 min per side). The pork should be a deep golden brown when it’s done. There’s a lot of snap crackle pop going on while it’s searing so be careful! Transfer pork loins to your slow cooker.
3. Saute your sliced mushrooms in the same skillet over medium high heat until lightly browned and soft (7 min), set aside.
4. Saute your onion over medium heat until golden (5-7 min), then stir in pressed garlic and let saute stirring constantly until fragrant (about 1 min).
5. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, whisk together: 2 cups broth, 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 1 packet of onion soup/dip mix, 1/2 Tbsp Mrs. Dash seasoning, 1/3 cup all-purpose flour and 1 tsp salt.
6. Stir in the onion/garlic mixture and the mushrooms.
7. Pour the mushroom gravy over the meat and set on high heat for 5 hours, then keep on low until ready to serve. (You can also set on high for 4 hours and on low for 2 more hours).
8. Just before serving, separate the pork inside the slow cooker using forks. You know it’s done when it pulls apart easily. Once the meat is shredded, it absorbs much of the liquid and will be so juicy and delicious you’ll want to sing when you try it.
Here’s what it looked like all shredded and ready to serve: Mmmmmm
Shredded Pork in a Mushroom Sauce; A Slow Cooker Recipe!
- 4 1/2 lbs Boneless Pork sirloin roast
- 3 cups 1 lb baby carrots or thick-sliced carrots
- 1 to 1 1/2 lb fresh mushrooms, thickly sliced
- 1 large Onion, finely diced
- 1/2 head of garlic, about 6 cloves, pressed
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 oz Onion Soup or Dip Mix
- 1/2 Tbsp Mrs. Dash, or your favorite seasoning
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- Salt to taste, I added 1 tsp.
Line the bottom of your slow cooker with the baby carrots
Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet over very high heat, then swirl in 4 Tbsp cooking oil. Add pork loins and sear all the large sides of your pork loin (2-3 min per side). The pork should be a deep golden brown when it's done. It splatters so be careful! Transfer pork loins to your slow cooker.
Saute your sliced mushrooms in the same skillet over medium high heat until lightly browned and soft (7 min), set aside.
Saute your onion over medium heat until golden (5-7 min), then stir in pressed garlic and let saute stirring constantly until fragrant (about 1 min), set aside.
In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, whisk together: 2 cups broth, 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 1 packet of onion soup/dip mix, 1/2 Tbsp Mrs. Dash seasoning, 1/3 cup all-purpose flour and 1 tsp salt.
Stir in the onion/garlic mixture and the mushrooms.
Pour the mushroom gravy over the meat, cover with lid and set on high heat for 5 hours, then keep on low until ready to serve (You can also set on high for 4 hours and on low for 2 more hours).
Just before serving, shred the pork inside the slow cooker using forks. You know it's done when it pulls apart easily. Once the meat is shredded, it absorbs much of the liquid and will be so juicy and delicious!
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Hi Natasha, is it possible to make this recipe using the instant pot? Do you have another recipe that is similar using that method? Thank you!
Hi Quinn, I have not tried this in an instant pot to advise, but it may work. If you experiment, I would love to know how you like that.
Where dose the flour and soup mix come in?
Hi Jon, that will be in step #5. “In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, whisk together: 2 cups broth, 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 1 packet of onion soup/dip mix, 1/2 Tbsp Mrs. Dash seasoning, 1/3 cup all-purpose flour and 1 tsp salt.”
Could I use a pork shoulder?
Hi Leah, pork shoulder should work ok – keep in mind it does have more fat but should result in a very tender meat. I would remove the meat from the crockpot when it is cooked and discard the fat before returning it to the crockpot and shredding, otherwise it will be difficult to remove the fat in the creamier liquid.
Would this recipe work with regular pork loin and is there enough sauce to be used as gravy?
Hi Sveta, I haven’t tried with pork loin so I’m not sure if the cooking time should be altered – you might check for doneness an hour sooner so it doesn’t dry out. There is a good amount of sauce but once the meat is shredded, much of the sauce is absorbed by the meat.
I don’t understand Genies comment… I wanted to try some different pulled pork, but I was beware of last review. It was my sons 10th birthday last week and I made this awesome recipe and I am so happy I did. Everyone love it, Next day I used it like pork, mushroom gravy for mashed potato. So thank you Natasha again for your great and easy recipes 🙂
Hi Kateryna, happy birthday to your son!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and thank you for the wonderful review!
Awful tasting recipe 🙁 I was so excited about it.. Spent so much time and ingredients.. What a waste!
Hi Genie, I’m sorry to hear that :(. I’ve never had that kind of negative review on this recipe. Did you substitute or change anything in the recipe?
no.. and i love your other recipes like the beef stroganoff for instance. This one was just so disappointing 🙁
Do you think I could make this recipe using pork tenderloin instead of sirloin roast? That’s what I have in the house right now.
I’m just curious… The recipe looks so good though!
I think it would work well with pork tenderloin. I hope you enjoy the recipe! 🙂
I made this today and it turned out delicious!! I didn’t add the Onion Soup or Dip Mix because I couldn’t find it at Winco nor Safeway. I’ve never heard of Rosauers! Also, when making the mushroom gravy, you mention that it should be in a saucepan but it doesn’t mention to put it over heat. So I’m just adding the ingredients to make the gravy without cooking it prior to adding it to the crockpot?
I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe Sofiya :). When making gravy, use the saucepan over medium heat. I also made it more clear in the post.
I have a rice cooker and I read the comment above where you said it wouldn’t work as well and to use a Dutch oven instead. On my rice cooker, it says that I can use it as a slow cooker. Do you think it still wouldn’t work as well as a regular slow cooker?
Can you program your rice cooker to cook for a specific # of hours? I haven’t tried in a rice maker so I can’t say for sure and maybe yours would work. Mine does not have a setting like that.
Natasha, if ibuse half the meat, do I decrease the cooking time in half as well?
No, you might reduce it by 1 or 2 hours, but not half. Let it cook until it falls apart easily when pulled apart with a fork 🙂
Very good recepie! I made it few times. My husband and two limitless boys love it. I also added celery to the onion mix. More garlic and bay leaf.
Thank you Natasha!
You are welcome Marina, I love to hear a good report :).
I would love to make this it looks delicious, however, I havn`t got a clue what Mrs. Dash`s seasoning is? What substitute could I use?
Your favorite seasoning will work; Vegeta and Vegit are a couple others. I just like Mr.Dash seasoning because it is salt free 🙂
Made this last night. I turned on the slow cooker for 6-7 hours overnight though on low. The kitchen smelled like dinner in the morning, lol. My husband works 2nd shift, so he’s taking it for “lunch” at work to go with mashed potatoes. Going to make some tacos with it too, and maybe sandwiches too (if I don’t run out of the pork), yum. My slow cooker has been collecting dust, I think I’ll use it more often.
Nice 🙂 I put my slow cooker in the garage or even plug it in on the back patio when it’s not too cold out for that very reason.
Can this be done on stove top instead?
Yes but I’d keep it at no more than a simmer. The oven would probably work too, but I can’t give you exact times without testing those methods myself. In either case, a Dutch oven would probably work best.
So I am not a pork lover… nor is my husband. Can this be done with chicken instead? We also don’t like mushrooms… picky I know. Lol. Any substitution suggestions?? Thanks!! Also, is rice cooker same as slow cooker?
You can omit the mushrooms and try it with chicken. The rice cooker is different. It’s intend primarily for rice or other grains like quinoa or buckwheat.
I think you used to have a recipe for beef stroganoff in a slow cooker but it disappeared, can you please repost it? I bought a slow cooker just to make that recipe and now it’s gone! By the way, I love love love your blog! You are an amazing chef!
Thank you Irena 🙂 I have a beef stroganoff: https://natashaskitchen.com/2011/04/03/marias-russian-beef-stroganoff/ but it’s a dutch oven recipe, not slow cooker.I think you’ll love this pork though if you try it. Also try the chicken chili 🙂 Yum!!
Love, love, love the deep golden brown look of the shredded meat’s crust!
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That’s awesome, I’m very glad that its working out 🙂 and thank you for using the referral link.
When I put this recipe on my weekly planner this week, I was down sizing it by a half. I went food shopping and they didnt have it in 2lb packages, it was 4lbs+. So I decided to make a full version. BOY AM I GLAD I DID! This is so so yummy. The entire family loved it. We had it as taco’s. Tmrw we will have it for lunch over rice and for dinner over some salad (lettuce, shredded cheese, green onion, meat and salsa as the dressing). Drooling already. Thank you so much for the recipe!
What an awesome review!! Thank you so much and I’m so happy you all loved the recipe. I’ll be sure to tell my sister about all the great reviews.
Made this recipe today for dinner, it was incredible!! 🙂 Hubby and I both loved it!! Thank you Natasha!! 🙂
Awesome!!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it 🙂
I love how easy this looks and the ingredients are all pantry staples for us. My mother-in-law just got a new slow cooker and she keeps talking about finding recipes for it. I’ll have to pass this on to her 🙂
Oh she’ll love it! 🙂
Looks scrumptious! Does the pork turn out tender and moist?
It was tender and moist :). I was able to use in variety of dishes.
I made this shredded pork yesterday for dinner and it was amazing! Thank you for another great recipe!!!
Thank you for the good report Vita, I’m glad you like the recipe :).
If I substitute for chicken, would I cut the cooking time?
Thank You for all your Recipes. I have tryed many and shared with my Famliy and Friends and they too are greatful for the wonderful ideas. I’m sure this will be another one of my favorites to share.
You are welcome Teresa, I would love to hear how it turns out once you make it :).
Looks great! Wonder if I could substitute it for beef instead?
Beef should work as well, although I haven’t used it in this recipe yet.
Another sensational looking recipe!
Thank you Christina :), my three year old enjoyed it very much too.