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Chipotle Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Chipotle Barbecue Pulled Pork

Just 10 minutes to prep this pork roast and then let the slow cooker do the rest.
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For the Pulled Pork:

  • 2-1/2 pounds pork roast shoulder or butt roast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Dry Rub
  • Salt to taste

For the Dry Rub:

  • 1-1/4 teaspoons Chipotle chili powder
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika sweet or plain
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • 5 quart slow cooker (crockpot) or larger


For the Dry Rub:

  • In a medium size bowl, add the Chipotle chili powder, brown sugar, dry mustard, cumin, paprika, granulated garlic, onion powder, ground sage, kosher salt, and ground black pepper.
  • Mix until evenly combined and set aside for a moment.

For the Pork Roast:

  • Set the roast on a large plate or platter, and cut off any excess fat.
  • Drizzle olive oil on both sides of the pork. Using a pastry or basting brush, spread the olive oil evenly on the pork.
  • Sprinkle the dry rub evenly on all sides of the meat so that the roast is completely coated.
  • Transfer the meat into the middle of the slow cooker pot fat side-up. Top with any excess dry rub that's left on the plate.
  • Cover with the lid and cook on the low setting for 6 hours.
  • After the roast is done cooking, transfer the pork to a large serving plate.
  • Using tongs and a fork, (or 2 forks), pull the pork apart in opposite directions to get long and fairly thick shreds (or thin shreds if preferred). Ladle some of the liquid that is left in the slow cooker on top of the meat.
  • Do a taste test and add salt if needed.
  • Serve while warm. This pulled pork makes a wonderful meal served as is, topped with fresh lime juice along with rice and black or pinto beans. And leftovers make delicious sandwiches and soft or crispy tacos.