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Cranberry BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe

Cranberry BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe

Cranberry sauce adds a yummy twist on traditional pulled pork my family can't get enough of! The pork cooks to tender perfection in the slow cooker, which also makes this dish conveniently portable. —Carrie Wiegand, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 9 hours YIELD:14 servings


  • 1 boneless pork shoulder roast (4 to 6 pounds)
  • 1/3 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup cranberry juice
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional
  • 14 hamburger buns, split


  • 1. Cut roast in half. Place in a 4-qt. slow cooker. Add cranberry juice and salt. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  • 2. Remove roast and set aside. In a small saucepan, combine the cranberry sauce, ketchup, cranberry juice, brown sugar, seasonings and liquid smoke if desired. Cook and stir over medium heat for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • 3. Skim fat from cooking juices; set aside 1/2 cup juices. Discard remaining juices. When cool enough to handle, shred pork with two forks and return to slow cooker.
  • 4. Stir in sauce mixture and reserved cooking juices. Cover and cook on low for 1 hour or until heated through. Serve on buns. Yield: 14 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich equals 409 calories, 15 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 77 mg cholesterol, 772 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 26 g protein.

Reviews for Cranberry BBQ Pulled Pork

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Reviewed Oct. 7, 2015

"This sauce is out-of-this-world delicious!! I recommend either using a roast no larger than 4 lb or make more sauce!!"

Reviewed Apr. 1, 2014

"Have now made it several times and its a winner every time!"

Reviewed Nov. 4, 2013

"I made this along with a southwest pulled pork for my wife's birthday party. Both pulled pork recipes got a resounding thumbs up, but the pot got cleaned out on this one, everyone loved it. If I could give it 10 stars I would. Had 20 people at our party and not one of them didn't like this. Incredible.

I did not have chipotle pepper or liquid smoke, added a little Cholula hot sauce (which is really not hot at all) instead."

Reviewed Nov. 4, 2013

"Very tasty! Made this for Halloween and had lots of compliments on it. A make again recipe!"

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Wine Pairings

Blush Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a blush wine such as White Zinfandel or a Rosé.