Crock Pot Sweet Pulled Pork

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Crock Pot Sweet Pulled Pork features slow cooked pork in a special sweet sauce. This recipe uses a slow cooker, the best cut of meat for pulled pork and a yummy sauce inspired by our grandma.

Crock Pot Sweet Pulled Pork Recipe:

Growing up on a pig farm, Mom fed us a lot of pork; however, I don’t remember her making pulled pork. MOM—what were you thinking? How could this be? In my book, there’s nothing better than pulled pork. It’s perfect.  Moist pork in a sweet sauce.  I like it in a bun, on top a simple piece of bread, served on top of a baked potato or a sweet potato, leftover cold from the icebox fridge. I think you get the point.

This best ever crock pot pulled pork has all the flavors that remind me of my Grandma. She made a very special homemade ketchup, filled with a blend of spices including cinnamon and ground cloves. All of those flavors from Grandma’s ketchup are in the sweet sauce that this pork slow cooks in.

 

How to Make Sweet Crock Pot Pulled Pork:

Instructions:

  1. Score pork roast and season on all sides with salt.
  2. Add to the crock pot insert.
  3. In a small bowl, mix tomato sauce, sugar, dry minced onion, cinnamon, cloves, salt and vinegar.
  4. Pour sauce over pork.
  5. Cook on low heat for 8 hours or until it shreds easily.
  6. Remove, shred, and add back to the insert. Mix with the sauce, and warm through.
  7. Serve on a bun.

For the full recipe for best ever crock pot pulled pork, scroll to the bottom of this post. 

 

Let’s talk pork.

What is the best cut of meat for pulled pork?

You want a fattier cut of meat to keep it moist.  I recommend a pork butt, also known as a pork shoulder roast as your best option. It is hard to overcook a pork butt. Another option is to use a pork loin roast with the fat cap intact. Many times you will find these in the meat case at around 4 pounds per roast.

What is a fat cap?

It’s that layer of white fat that you find on some cuts. Do not trim it off! That is where all the flavor comes from.

Notes About Slow Cooker Sweet Pulled Pork:

  • Don’t be scared of cinnamon and cloves in your pork. It gives a subtle spiced flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweetness from the tomatoes and sugar.
  • This slow cooker sweet pulled pork recipe is inspired by Grandma’s Homemade Ketchup.  I used up the leftovers on some baked pork chops, and it was a home-run.
  • Use a pork butt (pork shoulder roast) or pork loin roast for the best pulled pork. They are commonly around 4 pounds in the meat case.
  • Leave the fat cap on your pork. It will slowly baste the pork as it cooks to keep it moist.
  • Be sure to put the fat side up in the crock pot.
  • You can cook this sweet slow cooker pulled pork on high; just note, it will take about 3 to 4 hours.
  • Do not overcook your pork. You do not want dry pulled pork.  Cook until the pulled pork shreds easily with 2 forks.
  • We highly recommend making Pulled Pork in the oven too. Try this version!

Try some more of our favorite pork recipes:

Mom’s Oven Baked Pork Ribs

Fancy Baked Pork Chops

Baked Cranberry Pork Chops

Grilled Pork Shoulder Steak

Instant Pot Pork Ribs

Sheet Pan Pork Loin

Crock Pot Sweet Pulled Pork

Crock Pot Sweet Pulled Pork features slow cooked pork in a special sweet sauce. This recipe uses a slow cooker, the best cut of meat for pulled pork and a yummy sauce inspired by our grandma. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 5 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crock Pot Pulled Pork, Crock Pot Sweet Pulled Pork, Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Servings: 12
Calories: 243kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 4 lb Pork Loin Roast or Pork Shoulder Roast
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar

Instructions

  • Score the fat cap on top of the pork. Season all sides with salt.
  • In a bowl, mix tomato sauce, sugar, salt, cinnamon, dry minced onion, cloves and vinegar.
  • Put pork in crock pot insert, and pour sauce over top.
  • Cook on low for approximately 8 hours or until pork easily shreds with 2 forks.
  • Remove meat, shred, and return to sauce. Mix and cover until warmed through.

Notes

  • Don't be scared of cinnamon and cloves in your pork. It gives a subtle spiced flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweetness from the tomatoes and sugar.
  • This slow cooker sweet pulled pork recipe is inspired by Grandma's Homemade Ketchup.  I used up the leftovers on some baked pork chops, and it was a home-run. 
  • Use a pork butt (pork shoulder roast) or pork loin roast for the best pulled pork.
  • Leave the fat cap on your pork. It will slowly baste the pork as it cooks to keep it moist.
  • Be sure to put the fat side up in the crock pot.
  • You can cook this sweet slow cooker pulled pork on high; just note, it will take about 3 to 4 hours.
  • Do not overcook your pork. You do not want dry pulled pork.  Cook until the pulled pork shreds easily with 2 forks. 
  • We highly recommend making Pulled Pork in the oven too. Try this version!

Nutrition

Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 454mg | Potassium: 689mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 153IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

Crock Pot Sweet Pulled Pork features slow cooked pork in a special sweet sauce. This recipe uses a slow cooker, the best cut of meat for pulled pork and a yummy sauce inspired by our grandma. 

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