Exquisite Pulled Pork


A rich blend of sweet and savory, this fall-off-the-bone, tender pork makes a perfect sandwich whether on a roll or in a tortilla. Great by itself or as a side dish too!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 50 mins
16 servings


  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 onion, thickly sliced

  • 6 pounds pork butt roast

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (Optional)

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • ½ cup molasses

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Pour 1 teaspoon olive oil into a slow cooker and arrange sliced onion over oil. Place pork roast over onion.

  2. Cook on Low until pork is very tender, 8 to 9 hours. Transfer roast to a platter and discard onion and liquid. Shred pork with two forks.

  3. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a stock pot over medium heat; cook and stir chopped onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add shredded pork, tomato paste, molasses, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, salt, and black pepper; stir well. Cover and simmer until sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

To make a more diabetic friendly version, use 2 tablespoons Splenda(R) Brown Sugar Blend and 1/4 cup molasses with an additional tablespoon of balsamic vinegar. Not sugar-free, but much lower!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

439 Calories
32g Fat
16g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 439
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 2148mg 93%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 4mg 21%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 685mg 15%

* 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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