Southwest Pulled Pork Recipe
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Southwest Pulled Pork Recipe

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I made this on a whim one Sunday morning when friends called and said they planned to drop by in the afternoon. It makes a lot, and I was able to serve our friends and the neighbors a casual supper. The seasonings and green chilies give the meat a spicy kick and taste fantastic with cool sour cream and fresh salsa. —Deb LeBlanc, Phillipsburg, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:14 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (4 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 large sweet onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilies
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 14 kaiser rolls, split

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich equals 398 calories, 16 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 77 mg cholesterol, 729 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 28 g protein.


  1. Cut roast in half. In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, brown sugar, cumin, salt, pepper and cayenne; rub over meat. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Top with onion and chilies. Pour broth around meat.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until tender. Remove roast; cool slightly. Skim fat from cooking juices. Shred pork with two forks and return to slow cooker; heat through. Serve on rolls, 1/2 cup on each. Yield: 14 servings.
Originally published as Southwest Pulled Pork in Simple & Delicious October/November 2012, p11

Blush Wine

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

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Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"This was excellent, we used it for a topping for a baked potato bar. Used left overs for tacos. It is very versatile, I will make it many times and it is so easy to make!"

Reviewed Jun. 1, 2015

"Overall, this had a good flavor, but we didn't like it at all on a bun. It tasted great though as a pulled pork taco! The ingredients seemed to go better in a taco rather than on a bun."

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

"I added sweet baby rays honey barbeque sauce to this the last 30 minutes it was cooking. Probably one of the best pulled pork sandwiches i've had."

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"I will make this again. The flavor was excellent!"

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014

"I served this with cheese toast and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. I really like the rub and I'm sure I will make this recipe often."

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