"Transform your favorite BBQ sauce into deliciously sweet pulled pork that goes perfectly with just about any sandwich or taco topping."
Out of all the recipes I’ve ever posted on this blog, sweet pulled pork has to be my absolute, hands down, do-or-die favorite.
I originally posted this recipe almost a year ago, inspired by the food my old office job had catered on my last day (not on my behalf, of course, but for another event that day) and I think I’ve probably made it at least 10 times since.
Okay, maybe 12 times.
16 if I’m being honest.
Over time, it’s become my semi-official “make food for everyone” dish when we have the crew over for a day-long gaming marathon.
So in honor of this uber delicious recipe, I’m doing a recipe rehash on it’s (almost) one year anniversary, by preparing it in a different style: on a hamburger bun with coleslaw.
Because I firmly believe that every sandwich tastes better with coleslaw.
What I love most about this recipe: the main ingredient is your favorite basic BBQ sauce, which practically guarantees you’re going to absolutely love it.
As for The Husband and I, we’re big fans of Can’t Stop Smokin’ BBQ, a small chain in New Mexico and Arizona that’s really starting to grow, and I usually keep a few bottles of their house sauce in my cabinets… just in case.
Because you never know when a BBQ emergency will happen, amirite?!
For me, a “BBQ emergency” means I’m having (yet another) pulled pork craving and (hopefully) there just happens to be a good sale on pork. And I’m not picky – riblets, bone in, pork chops, you name it – I’ve thrown all cuts of pork in the crock pot and slathered it with this sauce and it always been heaven.
The only challenge I have is waiting until the pork is done, because while 4 hours doesn’t seem like that long, it’s near torture when the house is smelling so amazingly good.
I’m not even kidding here.
You’re going to want to eat the air in your house while this cooks.
You have been warned.
And just so you all know, fall makes me think of crock pot recipes in the same way that pumpkin does, so you can expect that there will likely be more crock pot goodness where this came from!
Crock Pot Sweet Pulled Pork
- 16 oz BBQ sauce (1 bottle)
- 1 cup brown sugar (light or dark), packed
- 4 lbs pork such as riblets, bone in, chops, etc
- 1 tsp dried mustard
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- In a large bowl, add the BBQ sauce, brown sugar, dried mustard, and garlic powder. Whisk together until smooth.
- Lay the pork along the bottom of the crock pot.
- Pour the BBQ mixture on top of the pork, covering them evenly. No need to stir or toss pork.
- Cover and cook on high for 4 hours (or 8 hours on low).
- When pork is ready, use a fork or a whisk to pull meat apart. Serve immediately on hamburger buns with coleslaw.