Sweet and Smoky Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork Loin


You can shred pork loin to make a massive batch of pulled pork great for cook-outs, potlucks, parties for a sizable group, or for lunches and dinners — with plenty of extras to freeze and reheat. This dish can be served by itself or "sloppy joe" style on hamburger buns.

close up view of Sweet and Smoky Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork Loin served with salad and fries on a white plate
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 20 mins


  • 3 (1 1/2 pound) pork tenderloins

  • 4 cups chopped onions

  • 1 (18 ounce) bottle hickory smoke-flavored barbecue sauce

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • ½ (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle diet pepper-type soda (such as Diet Dr Pepper®)

  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. Cut each pork tenderloin into 4 pieces and place into a slow cooker; set to High.

  2. Stir onions, barbecue sauce, crushed tomatoes, diet soda, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, liquid smoke flavoring, paprika, red pepper flakes, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl; pour mixture over pork tenderloin pieces. Cover and cook until tenderloin pieces begin to shred at the edges, 3 to 4 hours.

  3. Shred meat using 2 forks; reduce slow cooker setting to Low and cook 1 more hour.


Substitute any other diet soda; the soda is used as a substitute for brown sugar.

I used 3 (1 1/2-pound) packs Farmland Oven Perfect Chipotle Barbecue pork loin fillets.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

148 Calories
5g Fat
10g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 148
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 322mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 343mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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