Southwest Pulled Pork Recipe
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Southwest Pulled Pork Recipe

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I made these sandwiches on a whim one Sunday when friends called to say they wanted to drop by in the afternoon. I was able to feed them and my neighbors a casual supper. If you have time, you can coat the roast with the rub and store, covered, in the refrigerator several hours before cooking for even more flavor. &mdashDeb LeBlanc, Phillipsburg, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:14 servings
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: 398 calories, 16g fat (5g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 729mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 28g 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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MY REVIEW User ID: 6692599 236155
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!"

Worshipguy User ID: 6391761 227250
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."

kferrantino User ID: 7824984 219459
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."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 195373
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

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

Peggie0203 User ID: 2074993 123539
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."

hwi2001 User ID: 5963138 193926
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"Good but too peppery; would reduce cayenne & black pepper both by at least 1/2. I also thought it could use some garlic and more salt."

cote.tomlins User ID: 5876173 116644
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

"Nice change from BBQ sauce. Might ad white kidney beans and rotel canned tomatoes next time and turn it into chili. Add more hot peppers if you like your chili hot."

lmmanda User ID: 1101093 126850
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

"These were awesome. Even my super picky son loved them, and he doesn't like much."

Pinfox User ID: 7678446 212420
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2014

"Yum yum yum!!! Served up to a house load of guests and they raved!"

RachelFritz User ID: 6241964 123538
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2014

"This is the first pulled pork recipe I have ever tried. My husband doesn't care for BBQ sauce and this was delicious and so easy to make. I was worried it would be a bit spicy as in hot spicy,but it wasn't. It was spicy as in flavor. I may add more Jalapenos next time just to give it a kick,but I highly recommend this recipe :)"

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