Shredded bbq pulled pork on a plate

Make Ahead Freezer Meals BBQ Pulled Pork

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Do you love a simple BBQ pulled pork sandwich with tender, moist, flavorful meat? I know I do. It’s a great simple meal to throw a pork roast in the crockpot and make a bunch of meals for later.

BBQ Pulled Pork on a bun

I love easy dinner ideas and I love using pork roast to make a bunch of make ahead freezer meals for later. Or even some of these 5 minute daycare lunches. Leftover meat makes for a great time saver! This BBQ Pulled Pork is a regular around our house. It’s SUPER easy, freezes beautifully, and makes a lot of servings. We use homemade rolls or buns to make the sandwiches and it makes it go super far. You need half a pound of roast per person you are feeding because your pork roast will shrink a lot and there are bones and fat in part of that weight.

Pork freezer meals

All you need is:

  • crockpot
  • pork roast
  • tomato sauce
  • molasses
  • honey
  • apple cider vinegar
  • barbecue seasoning mix. Grab some spices, mix up some of this seasoning, and get cooking!

What kind of pork roast works? Any kind! I like to buy shoulder, butt, or picnic roasts because they are usually the least expensive. I compare which one is less per pound and buy that!

(for more homemade seasoning mixes and flavorings so you know just what you’re feeding your family, check these out.)

bbq pork roast brown and tender

How long do I cook pork roast in the slow cooker?

Cooking a pork roast in the slow cooker takes around 8 hours, but you can cook it longer. Just plop it in, season it and turn it on. Nothing is easier. Then you can shred it up and make whatever you want. We make all kinds of things from ours. Tacos, bbq pork sandwiches, fried rice, soup, and more.

If you think the roast looks tough and dry, it’s not done. It takes time to make tough meat tender and cooking in the crock pot low and slow is a great way to do that. But you have to cook it long enough. Leave it until it falls apart.

bbq pulled pork on a bun with bbq sauce dripping down and cole slaw on top

Freezer meals for family

For more freezer meal ideas, check these out:

Freezing pulled pork

BBQ Pulled Pork freezes like a dream. I like to put it in containers with enough to feed all 9 of us in each container. Be sure to add some of the juices from the pan to each container. Seal it in an air-tight container. Then when you are ready to use it, set it in the fridge the day before you want to use it again.

If you forgot to set it in the fridge, you can dump it in the crockpot and let it thaw on low until its warm, or of course microwave it. You can also add it to a saucepan with a little water and heat it carefully on low. You’ll have to watch and stir to make sure it doesn’t burn since it has sugar in the sauce.

Making your own barbecue sauce is best because you know exactly what’s in it and you know it won’t be full of chemicals and other harmful ingredients that could hurt your family’s health. Homemade is best!


bbq pulled pork on a bun with bbq sauce dripping down and cole slaw on top
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BBQ Pulled Pork

Pulled pork is a cinch to make when you whip it up in the crockpot. Add some seasoning, turn it on, and your dinner is done!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq pulled pork, make ahead freezer bbq pulled pork, make ahead freezer meals
Author: Christina


  • 1 5-6 pound pork roast (butt, shoulder, or picnic)
  • 1 c tomato sauce
  • 1/2 c honey
  • 3 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp bbq rub

BBQ Rub Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c raw sugar
  • 1/4 c paprika
  • 2 tbsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp smoke flavoring
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp celery seed
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne


  • Mix up bbq rub mix and set aside
  • Place pork roast in the crockpot
  • Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the bbq rub over the top
  • Add honey, molasses, tomato sauce, and vinegar
  • Cook on low for 8 hours or overnight
  • Shred the roast and mix into the liquid to cover in the sauce

For more ideas for leftover pulled pork, check this out:

You’re gonna love how delicious and tender this turns out. You can use it in a sandwich or eat it on its own. But either way, you’re going to put it in your regular go-to recipes. It’s so easy too! For more easy crockpot meals, check these out.

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  1. 5 stars
    LOVE that is is Freezer Friendly! Its made then all you have to do is let it thaw and its still taste really good 🙂