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Whiskey Barbecue Pork

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours


8 servings

Updated: Sep. 17, 2022
The ingredient list may seem long for this saucy pork, but most of these items are common things you’ll already have in your kitchen. Plus, once the sauce is mixed, the slow cooker does the rest. —Rebecca Horvath, Johnson City, Tennessee
Whiskey Barbecue Pork Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 8 hamburger buns, split


  1. In a small bowl, mix the first 12 ingredients. Place pork roast and onion in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add sauce mixture. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until pork is tender.
  2. Remove roast and onion. Cool pork slightly; discard onion. Meanwhile, skim fat from sauce. If desired, transfer sauce to a small saucepan; bring to a boil and cook to thicken slightly.
  3. Shred pork with 2 forks. Return pork and sauce to slow cooker; heat through. Serve on buns.

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich: 505 calories, 19g fat (7g saturated fat), 101mg cholesterol, 618mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 2g fiber), 35g protein.

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