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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Jane’s Pulled Pork

Jane's Pulled Pork
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  • 1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 C bottled bbq sauce (I look for ones that are “sweet” – like “sweet & tangy”, etc)
  • ½ medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 can (4.5 oz) diced green chiles
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1 t ground cumin
  • 1 t dried oregano
  • ¼ t ground cinnamon
  • 3 T brown sugar
  • 2 shakes of cayenne pepper
  • 2-1/2 lb well-trimmed boneless pork loin roast
  • Coleslaw
  1. Mix sauce ingredients in a slow cooker. Add pork then spoon sauce over pork just to cover the meat.
  2. Place lid on slow cooker and cook on high 3-4 hours or on low 8-10 hours until pork is fork tender. Shred pork in the sauce with two forks.
  3. Note: The last time I made this I removed the pork from the crock pot when it was done cooking and shredded it in a separate bowl. I then seasoned it with salt, to taste. I then added in several scoops of the sauce, making sure to catch the onion and chili pieces. I reserved about 1 cup of the sauce, straining out the larger chunks with my spoon. I cooked that sauce on the stove at a simmer for a few minutes, adding a bit of a cornstarch slurry (cornstarch whisked with cold water) to thicken the sauce a bit. This resulted in a less saucy pork with a bit more flavor, and we topped the sandwiches with sauce to taste. I am going to do it this way from now on - even more scrumptious than how I did it before!
  4. Serve topped with coleslaw on sandwich roll of your choice (kaiser is always a sure bet).
  5. If you're running short on time, Costco sells a pre-cooked smoked pulled pork (sans sauce) that is decent. Just sauté the onions in a large pot over medium heat until soft, add the rest of the sauce ingredients and bring to a simmer. Heat the meat as indicated on the package, then add to the sauce and simmer 10-15 minutes.



  1. 1

    This is an amazing recipe! I really enjoyed it!

  2. 2

    What size can tomato sauce? I finally bought my Costco pulled pork and am eager to try this. Thanks!

    • Jane Maynard

      I’m 99.99999% sure I use the 8-oz can for this recipe! 🙂 why I can’t remember for sure, I don’t know. I’ve made it a bunch of times. but, yeah, I feel good about that answer. 8 ounces it is! 🙂

  3. 3
    Anna R

    DELICIOUS! I made this with chicken breast and omitted the green chilis and oregano and cumin (cuz I didn’t have them) and it turned out perfect! A hit with the kids too! Thank you so much!

  4. 4
    Stacey Thomas

    Hey Jane!

    I am making this right now! I found that all I have is diced tomatoes and tomato paste. haha. Couldn’t I just add some water to the tomato paste with some extra seasoning and call it good? Well I am probably going to try it before you answer…but I will let you know 🙂

    • Jane Maynard

      I think your solution could totally work! I would just drain the diced tomatoes a bit, smash them up more and add a paste until it’s the right consistency…and I don’t even think you’ll need extra seasonings because the canned tomato sauce I use when I make this recipe is pretty much just straight up tomato sauce, no seasonings.

      plus, this isn’t really an exact science recipe, I think it will taste delicious either way! 🙂

  5. 5

    Hi! I’m excited to try this for my husband’s birthday party tomorrow. Just have a quick question: About how many people will this recipe feed?

    • Jane Maynard

      good question…it makes a lot. I looked up a similar recipe that uses 2 pounds of meat and it says that it feeds 8. this is 2 1/2 pounds, and I feel like we always have a lot of leftovers…I think 10 is probably a good guess. hope that’s helpful!!

  6. 6

    Can you do this as a freezer meal? Would you just make the sauce then add to uncooked meat and freeze?


  7. 7

    Great recipe!

  8. 8
    Jean Carter

    Could you use Costco’s pulled pork and put everything in a slow cooker?

    • Jane Maynard

      yes, in fact I did do that once! 🙂

    • Erin

      With the Costco pulled pork – how long would you put it in a slow cooker? Thanks!

    • Erin, just until it’s hot! you don’t even need to use the slow cooker if you are using Costco’s pre-cooked pulled pork – you can just mix the sauce ingredients in a large pot on the stove, add the pork, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and simmer for, oh, 30 minutes or so. If you did the crock-pot, probably 30-60 minutes on high I’m guessing would be enough. Hope that’s helpful!

  9. 9

    All these recipies sound delicious but I need to add something besides tomato sauce to the pulled pork (I cannot do heavy tomato sauce – allergies). Any suggestions?

  10. 10

    What size can of tomatoes does this call for?

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