Pulled pork is a favorite Southern sandwich filling and often made with barbecue sauce. This pulled pork has a tasty, spicy twist, thanks to a little chipotle in the sauce. A purchased barbecue sauce makes this dish very easy, and the extra heat from the canned chipotle peppers seasons it perfectly.
Pulled pork is an ideal crock pot dish—the pork butt or shoulder becomes so tender after several hours of cooking that it can be pulled apart with two forks. Serve this flavorful pulled pork on toasted split buns for a satisfying family meal you'll make again and again.
- 1 pork butt or shoulder, boneless, about 3 pounds
- Salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped onion
- 1 bottle (18 ounces) hickory barbecue sauce, such as Bull's Eye, or your favorite brand
- 2 large canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (finely chopped with about 1 tablespoon of the adobo sauce)
- Remove the netting from the pork roast and cut in half. Sprinkle all over with salt and pepper.
- In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat.
- Brown the pork on all sides in the oil; transfer the pork to the slow cooker, keeping the oil in the skillet.
- Brown the onions in the same oil in the skillet, and then transfer to the slow cooker.
- Combine the barbecue sauce, chipotle peppers with adobo, and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl or measuring cup; pour over the pork and onions.
- Cover and cook on high for 4 1/2 to 6 hours, or until the pork is easily shredded with two forks.
- Remove the pork to a large bowl. Using two forks, shred the pork.
- If the liquid in the crockpot is very thin, transfer it to a saucepan and boil for 5 to 7 minutes to reduce and thicken somewhat. Pour the liquid back into the slow cooker; add the shredded pork and continue cooking on low for about 20 to 30 minutes longer.
- Serve the pulled pork on split toasted rolls with coleslaw and baked beans, along with macaroni and cheese, potato salad, or your favorite sides for barbecue.
Additional Pulled Pork Recipes
Once you realize how easy it is to make mouthwatering pulled pork, you will want to discover a whole new batch of recipes. This oven pulled pork barbecue recipe takes only three hours or so in the oven, resulting in a classic pulled pork dish. North Carolina pulled pork uses a vinegar base instead of a barbecue sauce, and oven-braised pork shoulder with apple juice is slow cooked in the oven with onions and apple juice until tender and delicious.