Transform your favorite BBQ sauce into deliciously sweet crock pot pulled pork that goes perfectly with just about any sandwich or taco topping.

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About Sweet Crock Pot Pulled Pork

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 previous employer had catered on my last day in the office (not on my behalf, sadly, but for another event that same day) and I think I’ve probably made it at least 10 times since.

Okay, maybe 12 times.

Or 16 23 if I’m being honest.

Over time, it’s become my official go-to “make food for everyone” dish when we have our friends over for a movie night or a day-long gaming marathon (because, yes, we are that nerdy). Most of the time I like to serve this with tortillas, chopped tomatoes, and butter corn, so everyone can wrap their own pulled pork enchiladas.

But in the honor of this uber delicious recipe, I’m doing a bit of a “recipe rehash” by preparing it in a different (but more classic) way:

On a hamburger bun with coleslaw.

Because I firmly believe that every sandwich tastes better with coleslaw.

Sweet Crock Pot Pulled Pork! Transform your favorite BBQ sauce into deliciously sweet crock pot pulled pork that goes perfectly with just about any sandwich or taco topping. | HomemadeHooplah.com

What kind of BBQ sauce should you use?

I love when people ask me this question because the answer is the simplest (and, in my opinion, the best) part about this recipe:

You should use a “standard” BBQ sauce (mild or spicy, with no other flavoring) that you already love.

And because you already love your favorite sauce, you’re almost guaranteed to love this recipe. All that’s left is adding a few ingredients to sweeten the BBQ flavor, transforming something familiar into something deliciously new.

As for an old friend of mine 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 four 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.

What cut of meat should you use for pulled pork?

The answer to this question can really depend on your tastes or your guests, but some of the most popular options are:

  • Pork shoulder. Typically what restaurants use but can be harder to find at your local grocery store.
  • Pork riblets. Readily available and great for flavor, but can be a lot of bones to worry about.
  • Pork chops. Not “ideal” but great if you don’t want to worry about bones (assuming you get boneless chops) and totally fine to use if it’s what you have on hand.

How do you serve pulled pork?

There are numerous ways to serve pulled pork, but these are my two favorites that have always gone over well with our guests:

On a bun: Use any flavor of bun you like and layer the sweet pulled pork with fresh coleslaw.

Enchilada style: Serve with spicy rice, beans, chopped tomatoes, and corn. Place all ingredients in the center of a tortilla, top with pulled pork, and wrap it up tight.

How do you freeze pulled pork?

When freezing your leftovers, allow them to cool to room temperature first.

Scoop pork and sauce in a strong Ziploc bag. Leave at least one inch of space at the top of the bag, as the pork may expand while freezing. Seal the bag tightly.

Store pulled pork in the freezer for up to two to three months.

Notes & tips for this sweet pulled pork recipe

  • One of the best things about this recipe is that it uses your favorite BBQ sauce as a base, so you’re guaranteed to love it! I’ve yet to find a brand of standard BBQ sauce that didn’t work with this recipe.
  • I recently upgraded my crock pot to one that comes with bowls for 2.5 Quart, 4 Quart, and 6 Quart and I highly recommend it! It’s so nice to have one unit that can make fabulous dinners and heat up party dips. You can pick one up here: Choose-A-Crock Programmable Slow Cooker, 6 quart/4 quart/2 x 1.5 quart.

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How do you make pulled pork in a crock pot?

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – In a mixing bowl add brown sugar, ground mustard, garlic powder, and your favorite classic (mild or not – nothing too flavorful) and mix together until blended.

Sweet Crock Pot Pulled Pork Step 1 - Add brown sugar. Sweet Crock Pot Pulled Pork Step 1 - Add ground mustard. Sweet Crock Pot Pulled Pork Step 1 - Add garlic powder. Sweet Crock Pot Pulled Pork Step 1 - Add BBQ sauce. Sweet Crock Pot Pulled Pork Step 1 - Mix ingredients. Sweet Crock Pot Pulled Pork Step 1 - Mix well.

Step 2 – In a 6 quart crock pot, add the pork and pour the sweet BBQ mixture on top. Move and flip the pork so that it’s covered in sauce.

Sweet Crock Pot Pulled Pork Step 2 - Add pork to crock pot. Sweet Crock Pot Pulled Pork Step 2 - Pour on BBQ sauce. Sweet Crock Pot Pulled Pork Step 2 - Make sure all of the pork is covered.

Step 3 – Cover and cook the pork on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours.

Step 4 – Uncover the crock pot. If necessary, use a pair of tongs to remove any bones from the meat. Use either two forks or a whisk or break apart and shred the pork.

Sweet Crock Pot Pulled Pork Step 4 - Remove bones from pork. Sweet Crock Pot Pulled Pork Step 4 - Shred pork with two forks. Sweet Crock Pot Pulled Pork Step 4 - Shred pork with a whisk.

Step 5 – Serve and enjoy!

Sweet Crock Pot Pulled Pork! Transform your favorite BBQ sauce into deliciously sweet crock pot pulled pork that goes perfectly with just about any sandwich or taco topping. | HomemadeHooplah.com

This post was originally published on September 21, 2015. It was updated March 7, 2018.

Recipe Details

Sweet Crock Pot Pulled Pork! Transform your favorite BBQ sauce into deliciously sweet crock pot pulled pork that goes perfectly with just about any sandwich or taco topping. | HomemadeHooplah.com
4.13 from 80 votes

Sweet Crock Pot Pulled Pork

5 mins prep + 4 hrs cook
801 kcal
Yields: 8 servings
Transform your favorite BBQ sauce into deliciously sweet crock pot pulled pork that goes perfectly with just about any sandwich or taco topping.

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, add the BBQ sauce, brown sugar, ground mustard, and garlic powder. Whisk together until smooth. Set nearby.
  • Arrange the pork in the bottom of a 6 quart crock pot. Pour the BBQ mixture on top of the pork, covering it evenly. No need to stir or toss pork.
  • Cover crock pot and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or on LOW for 8 hours.
  • When pork is ready, use a fork or a whisk to pull meat apart.
  • Serve immediately on your choice of bread with added sides.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 801kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 717mg | Potassium: 825mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 143IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 3mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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63 comments

    • Veronica

    Just used your recipe to makeup a batch of slow cooker pulled pork…can hardly wait for supper! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Thanks for writing in, Veronica! I hope the recipe turned out great 😀

    • Sara
    • 5 stars

    This was really good!! Made it today- left it on low for almost 9 hours total while at work and it shredded beautifully. Covered the sandwiches with a little more bbq and broccoli slaw and paired it with cheddar potato chips and fruit salad. Family approved!!

    • That’s so awesome to hear Sara! So glad it turned out great 😀

    • Emily @ mommysnotperfect.com
    • 5 stars

    This looks delicious!

    • Heidi Dillon

    Alright I’m cooking it overnight on the crockpot now!!! I can’t do without my crockpot, I have two, lol.

    • Hey Heidi! Sorry I’m a little late in responding, I hope it turned out great 😀

    • Vikki lil bear

    This is my 2nd attempt, 1st time around everything was ready to go until I unwrapped the pork… Right into the trash it went. I started tonight, did the rub and put it in the fridge to marinate (only Bec I don’t want to forget, which i always do). I hope that doesn’t change your recipe too much!!!! Popping in tomorrow, first thing

    • Extra flavor shouldn’t be a bad thing 🙂 I’d love to hear how it turns out!

    • J @ A Hot Southern Mess

    I agree! Every sandwich is better with slaw! This pulled pork looks amaze and I love how it is made in the crock pot! Major brownie points there! It looks so so delicious that I will be trying this ASAP!

    • Matt @ Plating Pixels

    I’ve made something similar and like you am addicted. I could eat it almost everyday! But I love food so much so I’ll stick with variety.

    • I know, right? One of the easiest and tastiest dishes to throw together.

    • Patranila

    I’m totally getting crock pot this fall and this could very well be the first meal I prepare!

    • It’d totally be worth it Patranila! Though I may be a little biased 😀

    • Becki S

    Yum! We love pulled pork and chicken. Also a side note, I love that your recipe allows me to change the number of servings.

    • Thanks Becki! And I’m really glad to hear you like the serving adjuster – it was one of the main reasons I chose this recipe format 😀

    • Trish – Mom On Timeout

    This looks incredible! I know my family would chow down on these sandwiches!

    • Thanks Trish! That’s certainly what happened at my house 😀

    • Kathy | Mom Learns To Cook

    Pulled pork is a favorite of mine! This recipe is so simple, but sounds like it packs a lot of flavor. Pinning for later!

    • kita

    Sexy.

    • Jamie | The Kitchenarium

    Great looking photos! What a delicious sandwich.

    • Kristen

    anything crock pot is a plus in my book!! I was just looking for something for dinner, sounds like this is what im making tomorrow!

    • Thanks Kristen! If you made it, I hope it turned out great 😀

    • Emily | Rainbow Delicious

    These look so unbelievably delicious! My an old friend of mine especially would love these and I love that they are made in a crockpot- I forget to use it often enough.

    • I tend to forget about it too Emily. It took finding this recipe for me to actually put it to work 😀

    • Mirlandra @ Mirlandra’s Kitchen

    BBQ emergencies are really more common than one might think! These look really yummy. Thanks for sharing!

    • Florian @ContentednessCooking

    This looks fantastic! I bet the bbq sauce adds amazing flavors to it!

    • Katerina @ Diethood

    WHOA! This looks totally amazing! I wish I was stuffing my face with it right now!

    • I know, right? I already need to make this again! Thanks Katerina 😀

        • Kelly

        Hi, I’m making this tomorrow but was thinking how do you prepare the coleslaw?? I’m in NY and we use mayo which doesn’t sound like a good mix lol

      • Rachel @ Simple Seasonal

      This looks finger licking good, and I love that it’s a crockpot recipe!