CrockPot Pulled Pork

This CrockPot pulled pork packs a punch, I know you’re going to love it! Kicked up with chipotle chili powder and a bold, yet tangy homemade BBQ sauce makes it a favorite slow cooker recipe year round. The best part, if you want more than pulled pork sandwiches, this pork loin recipe makes incredible tacos, pizza, and salads.
Pulled pork made in a slow cooker in a bowl with a white background

CrockPot Pulled Pork

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pulled pork sandwiches

This blog post first appeared back in 2011 and oh my word, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to update the photos. But here they are. So much better.

Back in 2011, my obsession with pulled pork started. I always enjoyed using whatever barbecue sauce I had in the fridge and adding a few things to it but it wasn’t until my friend shared a recipe she liked from Amanda’s Cooking. It was a delicious recipe.

Ever since then I have used her recipe as a quick sauce base when I’m low on time. Each time I make it, it’s a little different as I add in flavors that I crave at the time).  Sometimes I add tomato paste, sometimes molasses, sometimes honey mustard.

Looking down on three pulled pork sandwiches on a pretzel bun with a small bowl of homemade bbq sauce beside it.

This time, I swapped a few ingredients to give me the punch I have been craving. The spicy, bold, yet zesty barbecue that makes me salivate whenever I think about it.

Pulled Pork Sauce Recipe

bowl of bbq sauce for pulled pork with a whisk stirring it
Everyone has a different preference when it comes to pulled pork.
I like a bold bbq sauce with a little bit of a tang to it. This pulled pork sauce has a little bit of a cheat, it uses my favorite bbq sauce as a base.
So with that said, your version of this sauce for pulled pork could be different than mine depending on what you use.

This is the bbq sauce I used, it’s one of my favorites.

What to do with leftover pulled pork

Pulled pork with homemade barbecue sauce stuffed inside a pretzel bun with homemade coleslaw.

If you have pulled pork recipes here are some ideas:

How to Make Pulled Pork

Close up of pulled pork with homemade bbq sauce dripping

I don’t have a smoker, so I don’t make it the way I always see on an episode of Diner’s, Drive In’s, and Dives.

When I make pulled pork I toss it in the CrockPot. In just a few hours, it’s falling apart.

It’s the easiest way.

This is the CrockPot I have.

Randa’s Tip: Make clean up a breeze by using one of these slow cooker liners.

How many calories in pulled pork?

slow cooker pulled pork in a pretzel bun with coleslaw and dripping spicy bbq sauce

For 1/6th of this pulled pork recipe, it’s 391 calories. That is without the bun, toppings, or sides. Please keep in mind that this will also vary with the bbq sauce you base the recipe off of. You can find the macronutrients at the bottom of the recipe card.

What to serve with bbq pulled pork sandwiches

Easy pulled pork sandwich

Anything summer related is what I personally believe but here are a few easy side dish recipes from the blog:

As for this easy CrockPot pulled pork? I serve it on a pretzel bun, top with slaw, and serve with a pickle.

Pulled pork made in a slow cooker in a bowl with a white background
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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

There are so many ways to make pulled pork but this is one of my favorites.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword pulled pork, sandwiches, slow cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 391

Ingredients

For the Pork

For the BBQ Sauce

To serve

  • 6 buns pretzel, hamburger, etc
  • 1 batch coleslaw see notes for my favorite recipe
  • any other toppings you love pickles, onions, etc

Instructions

  • Rub the pork with the chili, sea salt, pepper, and paprika. Place in the slow cooker and cook for 8-10 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high.
  • About three hours into the cooking process, whisk together all the sauce ingredients (except the arrowroot powder). 
  • Pour the sauce over the pork, put the lid back on and let finish in the slow cooker.
  • When done, shred the pork with two forks. It should fall right apart.
  • Take the pork out and strain the sauce into a saucepan. Thicken the juices/sauce with an arrowroot slurry over medium-high heat (mix the arrowroot powder with 1 tbsp of water and whisk until thick.

Notes

Adapted from Amanda's Cooking.
If you don't have time to stop the slow cooker halfway to add the sauce (you're at work, the store, etc). Just add it in the beginning. It will be fine.
My favorite coleslaw recipe

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 1247mg | Potassium: 902mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 805IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg
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10 comments on “CrockPot Pulled Pork”

  1. I just got back from the store with stuff to make pulled pork sandwiches! Perfect timing……

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  4. This recipe sounds so good!! I’ll have to try it!!

  5. thanks for this recipe. good for the holidays with kids running in and out! I am a new follower from the hop!

  6. Hello, thanks for sharing the recipe. I have a weekly post called Make Ahead Monday and I make a different crockpot meal each week and my family rates it. We will have to try this sometime. I am a new follower from the Blog Hops Everyday. I would love the follow back.

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  8. Looks so delicious. Thanks a lot for linking with Midweek Fiesta

    Wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!!

  9. thanks its easy to convert them to gluten free
    nat

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