Spicy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Barbecue

Spicy Pulled Pork Sandwich
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  • Total: 8 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 8 hrs
  • Yield: 8 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
664 Calories
30g Fat
47g Carbs
50g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 664
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 161mg 54%
Sodium 1045mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Protein 50g
Calcium 176mg 14%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This pulled pork barbecue is flavored with barbecue sauce and several spices and seasonings. 

Complementary spices and mild chile peppers are added to the prepared barbecue sauce in this pulled pork. The extra spices give it a decidedly Southwestern quality. 

Serve the pork shredded in sandwiches or in tortillas. Add coleslaw to the sandwiches or continue the Tex-Mex theme with diced onions, tomatoes, and some sour cream or guacamole.


  • 1 cup thick barbecue sauce
  • 1 medium onion (thinly sliced)
  • 2 4.5-ounce cans diced green chili peppers
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder roast (2 1/2 to 3 pounds, trimmed)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 package tortillas (or split buns)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a bowl combine the barbecue sauce, sliced onions, chile peppers, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cinnamon. Stir to blend.

  2. Place pork in crock pot; pour the sauce mixture over the pork, lifting pork slightly so the sauce will flow under the roast.

  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours, or until pork is very tender.

  4. Remove pork to a cutting board and chop or shred with two forks.

  5. If the sauce is very liquid, transfer it to a saucepan. Cook over medium heat on the stovetop until the sauce has reduced and thickened and flavors are concentrated.

  6. Pour the sauce into a serving bowl or leave it in the slow cooker; stir in the cilantro and the shredded pork.

  7. Serve with flour tortillas or split sandwich buns.