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

    • Deanna

    Can you make this in an instant pot? I am so late getting it started and wanted to know if I could make it now in the insta pot?

    • Ginny

    Hi! How can i store leftovers? And for how long?

    • Karen Abner

    Ive made these twice now. So easy and the best pulled pork bbq ever eaten. My husband said we’ll never get bbq out again. Thanks for the recipe

    • Pat

    I made this and threw in onion and finely chopped green pepper. Delish.

    • Jeff

    Could i throw in chopped onion?

    • Julie

    Can this be done with Instant pot I recieved one for Christmas.

    • Valerie

    Could i double this recipe and use the same directions but double? Would the time be the same? Want to make for a party, thanks!

    • Gina McKenzie
    • 5 stars

    I made it today..or last 12 hours slow and now warm. Delicious! I love pulled pork sandwiches!

    • Elle

    If I’m making this with Pork Shoulder, should I slice it up ahead of time and place it on the bottom of the crockpot, or leave it as a roast?

    • Steve
    • 2 stars

    Could the recipe be any more generic? Do you live in the inner city?

      • Stacy
      • 5 stars

      If you don’t like it why comment? Troll

    • Darlene Garrett
    • 5 stars

    I have made this several times now and am going to today. My family loves i!

    • Marie Czarnecki
    • 5 stars

    I just got this recipe so I haven’t made it yet, but I do love “PULLED PORK SANDWICHES”or otherwise and I will try this one, I love sweet stuff…

    • PL

    I made it and it was delicious!!! Perfect for our family gathering. It was also so easy to make!

    • Chris

    What if I do not have mustard is it needed

    • Pat Finnerty

    Made this today with pork roast. Used Stubbs smokey mesquite bbq sauce, didnt have ground mustard, used yellow mustard. It was awesome!! So easy, perfect meal, used vinegar based coleslaw. Thanks for sharing!

      • Jillian

      How did you do yellow mustard? That’s what I’m using and need help!

        • Chrisy

        Hey Jillian! I’ve used yellow mustard before – I was in a rush and used the same measurement (so 1 teaspoon) and it was delicious. BUT, as a general rule, you typically use double the amount to convert dried ingredients, so that would make it 2 teaspoons of yellow mustard. So 1 or 2 teaspoons should be fine. Do a taste test after 1 and see if you’d like to add another 🙂

      • Amy
      • 5 stars

      Trying this today – pulled pork is my sister’s favorite. Doctoring it up a bit by adding a 1/4 teaspoon of paprika and about 1/2 teaspoon liquid hickory smoke. Tasted the result – a little bit of a bite but very sweet. Wonderful!

      • Priyanka Kumari

      Nice post about recipe of sweet crock pot pulled pork it’s yummy looking thanks for sharing …

      • cassie
      • 5 stars

      i made this last week on my snow day off from work and it was amazing! i followed the exact directions (i used pork loin) and it was great and made my house smell delicious! We had enough for 2 days and whatever was leftover i made into a pulled pork dip for chips. Will definitely make again!!

      • Teri Stephens
      • 5 stars

      I made this last night and omg it was delicious. Great recipe. Sometimes when you have bbq involved it can take your breathe away, but not this recipe, I will definitely make this again and again. Thank you

      • Janet

      Can I do this on stovetop in a Dutch oven on a low summer, and if so how long? Or do u think oven is better? Just was hoping to not turn on over since it’s so hot out…

        • Chrisy

        Hey Janet! This recipe is actually made for a crock pot, so you won’t need to turn on your oven at all 🙂 I haven’t tried making it with a dutch oven so unfortunately I wouldn’t be able to provide a recommendation for it.

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