Slow Cooker Spicy Pulled Pork

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This Healthy Slow Cooker Spicy Pulled Pork will quickly become one of your favorite recipes for a crowd.

Pulled pork is one of my favorite comfort foods and a dish I love to make during the summer to feed a crowd. Paired with some healthy slaw, corn on the cob, and watermelon slices - it's easily one of my favorite meals. Recently to mix things up, I have been making s spicy version of pulled pork instead using whole jalapenos. Adding them whole to the slow cooker will impart a subtle spicy flavor to the sauce without becoming overly spicy. Then if you love spice, like me, you can add some of the cooked jalapeno to your dish to kick up the heat. If you love smoke and spice, you could also use chipotle peppers in this recipe instead of the jalapenos but be careful because they pack a lot more heat.

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Slow Cooker Spicy Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Spicy Pulled Pork

COOK TIME: 8 Hours
TOTAL TIME: 8 Hours, 5 Min
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  • 3 lbs. lean pork tenderloin
  • 1 U onion, quartered
  • 4 U garlic cloves, sliced
  • 4 U jalapenos, whole
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth

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Mix together all of the spices and rub over the pork tenderloin. Add the onions, garlic, and whole jalapenos to the slow cooker. Place the pork on top.


Mix together the barbecue sauce and chicken broth. Pour over the pork.


Cook on low for 8 hours. Shred with two forks and let pork rest in sauce for 30 minutes with the slow cooker open and on low for the sauce to thicken.

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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 3/4 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 257
Calories from Fat 39
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 111mg
Sodium 969mg
Total Carbohydrate 16g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 9g
Protein 37g

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

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

† SmartPoints™ calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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January 14, 2020 - 10:41
Can you cook this for less time on high and it still be good?
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February 3, 2020 - 06:38
I did high for 4.5 hrs. 4 hours to cook, 30 mins to sit in the sauce. SUPER GOOD. I also used Chipotle BBQ sauce on this - YUM.
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October 16, 2021 - 09:58
Thanks for this info.... I found some chipotle thick salsa w/ no sugar and the time you posted is perfect for me today. Rae, I appreciated seeing I could cook this on high.
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Dean symons
March 22, 2019 - 11:11
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Do you have to cut the fat off before placing in slow cooker?
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Sara G
March 2, 2017 - 07:45
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I made this tonight, and I nailed it, it was amazing. I altered the recipe slightly by adding Frank's Red Hot sauce to the bbq mixture as well, I like things spicy! I highly recommend this recipe. It's lush!
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February 19, 2021 - 18:02
How much Frank's sauce and BBQ sauce in total?
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August 22, 2016 - 10:20
It's definitely a grandma bowl :) I love it too!
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August 22, 2016 - 10:20
Honestly I switch up the brand I buy a lot depending on what's on sale. I really like Dinosaur Barbecue Sauce if you can find it because it is the lowest in terms of calories, sugar, and carbs that I have found - plus it tastes great. I also like Annie's Naturals and the Trader Joe's Bold and Smoky sauce. And the Bone Suckin' Original Barbecue Sauce is a good option as well.
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