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Best BBQ Pulled Pork

Tender, tangy sweet, smokey, BBQ Pulled Pork perfect for large gatherings, busy weekdays or whenever you are craving the “Best” BBQ pulled pork! This BBQ Pulled Pork is made super easy in the crock pot so you can prep it and forget it!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 2 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 pounds pork shoulder/butt trimmed of excess fat
  • 2 4 oz. cans mild diced green chilies
  • 1 12 oz. can Cherry Coke (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/3–1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tsp EACH onion powder, salt
  • 1/2 tsp EACH pepper, smoked paprika, ground ginger, red pepper flakes
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce, more or less to taste


  • Lightly spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray and add pork.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk all of the remaining ingredients together except the barbecue sauce and pour over pork.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-6 hours or until the pork is very tender then remove pork to a cutting board and shred. Drain slow cooker of any liquid if there is any.
  • Return pork to slow cooker and stir in barbecue sauce until evenly coated, adding more or less as desired.
  • Taste and add hot sauce/salt/pepper/brown sugar to taste.
  • Amazing on sandwiches!


*If you are using a sweeter barbecue sauce, you might want to start with 1/3 cup brown sugar and add more to taste at the end of cooking.