Spicy Pulled Pork Pushover


I finally arrived at this recipe after trying several combinations of typical smoked pulled pork ingredients. I am quite pleased with how it turned out. It's spicy, sweet, and delicious, enjoy!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs 10 mins
12 servings


  • 1 (12 ounce) can tomato paste

  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons dried onion flakes

  • 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard

  • 2 tablespoons molasses

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons liquid hickory smoke flavoring

  • 7 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons ground dried chipotle pepper

  • 2 teaspoons hot smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder (such as Keen's®)

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 3 ¾ pounds pork shoulder roast


  1. Mix tomato paste, vinegar, onion flakes, yellow mustard, molasses, garlic, olive oil, and liquid smoke in a bowl to create a thick paste. Stir brown sugar, kosher salt, cumin, chipotle pepper, paprika, black pepper, garlic powder, mustard powder, and cayenne pepper into tomato paste mixture.

  2. Place pork shoulder into a slow cooker and add paste mixture.

  3. Cook on High for 4 hours. Shred pork with 2 forks and remove bone. Reduce heat to Low and continue cooking for 1 to 2 more hours.

Cook's Notes:

If you're looking for more smoke flavor, you can probably just keep adding liquid smoke until it's enough for your taste without it really changing the recipe too much.

If you are keeping it simmering longer, put it on 'keep warm' or your lowest heat setting. Because of the amount of sugar and molasses, if you are not careful, this recipe will burn very easily, so keep an extra wary eye on it.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

224 Calories
8g Fat
17g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 224
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 1252mg 54%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 8mg 38%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 625mg 13%

* 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.

You’ll Also Love