Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork Recipe
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Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork Recipe

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While I don't enjoy drinking beer, I love cooking with it. This quick recipe also goes great on plain hamburger buns with a side of slaw. —Renee Herrington, Plano, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer or 1-1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon hickory liquid smoke, optional
  • 8 Hawaiian sweet hamburger buns, split


  1. Place roast in a greased 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker. In a large bowl, combine tomato sauce, beer, brown sugar, honey, tomato paste, seasonings and, if desired, liquid smoke; pour over meat. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove roast. When cool enough to handle, shred meat with two forks. Skim fat from cooking juices. Return meat to slow cooker; heat through.
  3. Using tongs, place meat mixture on bun bottoms. Replace tops.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled meat mixture and juices in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally.
    Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork in Simple & Delicious October/November 2014

Blush Wine

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

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AllisonO User ID: 7446023 252152
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2016

"The DIY "BBQ" sauce was really good. I didn't use the cayenne pepper because my kids don't like the heat, but this was the only thing I changed. The sweetness was perfect."

PageRD User ID: 5881442 245738
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2016

"We love pulled pork so I've tried many recipes. This one is a keeper. That touch of sweet with the spicy is perfect. I dislike liquid smoke, but I happened to have Spanish smoked paprika which I used to replace 1 tablespoon of regular paprika."

campie1988 User ID: 8582563 235424
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2015

"Delicious, definitely a staple now in my recipe book -"

corkymonster1977 User ID: 7017080 232253
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2015

"My kids hated this. Said it tasted "weird". My husband said it was ok but the flavors were off. Won't make again"

cskrn User ID: 7338987 229207
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2015

"This was delicious! My son and daughter in law were here and everyone loved it! Very easy to do in the crock pot."

TracFac User ID: 4847132 153767
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2014

"Delicious! My whole family liked this! We ate it with shredded mozzarella cheese on top."

key-ko User ID: 2829787 197054
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014

"Sweet and hot sauce is awesome!

It's like tropical BBQ sauce, love it !"

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