Slow Cooker Chipotle Honey Pulled Pork

2012-09-08
  • Servings : 5
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Slow cooker Honey Chipotle Pulled Pork

The Rub:

½ tsp powdered ginger
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon dry thyme
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tablespoon paprika (I prefer smoked)
1-2 tsp chipotle powder (to taste)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tbsp sea salt (optional or to taste)
1-2 Tbsp honey (to taste) *Use only if you are NOT making sauce below

Combine the above dry ingredients. Pat the pork dry with paper towels. Rub the spice mixture all over the pork. *If you are not making the sauce, drizzle the honey over the pork after applying spices. If you are going to make the sauce, skip the honey at this point. Let sit while you prepare the base.

The Base:

1 medium sized onion chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced or thinly sliced
4 medium sized firm apples peeled and chunked
1/2 to 1 tsp ground chipotle powder according to taste
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or coconut aminos
2 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dry thyme)
1 1/2 cups chicken bone broth (stock) or water
1/4 cup honey
Sea salt and ground pepper to taste

Place the onions, garlic and apples in an even layer in the slow cooker. Combine chipotle powder, vinegar (or aminos) thyme, honey and sea salt and pepper in a small bowl and whisk together. Pour over the onion mixture, followed by the stock or water.

Place the rubbed roast in the slow cooker, cover and cook until the pork is fork tender, about 6 to 8 hours on high or 8 to 10 hours on low.

While the pork is cooking you can make the optional Honey Chipotle Sauce**I think this sauce is amazing, but if you are not into the extra work, you can use the juices from the cooking process to make an equally tasty serving sauce. Please see directions below)

Honey Chipotle Barbeque Sauce** (optional – see note below)

In a small saucepan, cook slowly over medium low heat until well softened and beginning to caramelize:

3 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves chopped garlic
1 medium red onion, chopped

Add:
2 cups plain tomato sauce
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or coconut aminos
1 tsp ground chipotle powder (to taste)
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp ground dry thyme
1 tsp sea salt

Simmer slowly for about 20-30 minutes or until reduced by about 1/4 , stirring often. When cool, puree in a blender or food processor until smooth. Makes about 2 1/2 cups.

Turn off the slow cooker and remove the pork to a cutting board. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a medium heatproof bowl. Pour the onion mixture from the slow cooker through the strainer, retain the solids and set the strained liquid aside.

Using 2 forks, shred the meat into bite-sized pieces, discarding any large pieces of fat. Return the shredded meat to the slow cooker and here you have a choice:

If using the above sauce, add the sauce, and mix to combine and serve.

If you’re not using the sauce, use a spoon to skim and discard the fat from the surface of the strained cooking liquid, reduce the liquid until it slightly thickens. Add in some of the cooked onions and apples and puree the sauce with an immersion blender or in a food processor to smooth it out. Mix into the pulled pork and serve.

Ingredients

  • 5 pound pork loin or shoulder roast
  • The Rub:
  • ½ tsp powdered ginger
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dry thyme
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika (I prefer smoked)
  • 1-2 tsp chipotle powder (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp sea salt (optional or to taste)
  • 1-2 Tbsp honey (to taste)
  • The Base:
  • 1 medium sized onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or thinly sliced
  • 4 medium sized firm apples peeled and chunked
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp ground chipotle powder according to taste
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or coconut aminos
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dry thyme)
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken bone broth (stock) or water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Sea salt and ground pepper to taste
  • The sauce:
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 cups plain tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp ground chipotle powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground dry thyme
  • 1 tsp sea salt

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Comments (17)

  1. posted by holly veach birchfield on September 8, 2012

    i bet this is amazing!! especially when its made by sweet carrie!

  2. posted by cboutilier on September 16, 2012

    This was delish! I made it with the sauce and it was easy. I have 4 boys and the loved it.

  3. posted by tqr895 on September 24, 2012

    So good!! I think it’s my boyfriend’s new favorite!

  4. posted by jocelynjarvis on September 26, 2012

    Outstanding! By far the BEST pulled pork I have ever made! Thank you for such a delicious recipe. :-)

  5. posted by anne on September 29, 2012

    This was delicious!! Yummy!!

  6. posted by sandypoo on October 31, 2012

    Made this for a CrossFit party and it was a HUGE hit. I absolutely loved it and my husband has been begging for it for a while now. First sign of snow this year and its crockpot comfort weather. Guess whats for dinner…

  7. posted by jbehnke75 on November 12, 2012

    Family enjoyed. Would do again.

  8. posted by brianamonda on November 13, 2012

    This was amazing!! My husband (a very picky Italian) LOVED it!!!! I made the extra sauce which I feel made the dish! Make the sauce, it’s not that much trouble! I made some potatoes with it, but my husband said it would be really good with baked carrots if your not eating potatoes :)

  9. posted by tarod on December 18, 2012

    Absolutely amazing flavor! Now a staple in our home.

  10. posted by John on December 27, 2012

    I have maybe reviewed 2 things in my life and this would be my 3rd… this really might be my favorite dish I’ve ever made… As a side note a 5 quart crockpot will not fit this recipe unless you get creative, use a crockpot liner and fold it back over the lid… I also reduced the amount of honey a little bit. Did I mention that this recipe is incredible and I’ve made quite a few from this website…

  11. posted by Barbara on March 18, 2013

    OMGosh…..Delish as can be!!! Made sauce which added extra richness! I kinda cheated paleo by making gluten free buns (artofglutenfreebaking.com) and all happy campers here. Leftovers in freezer for another day. <3 Thank you for developing and posting! <3

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