Pulled Pork with Caramelized Onions

January/February 2011

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Traditional pulled pork is barbecued, which gives it a smoky flavor. But the slow cooker happens to be the absolute easiest way to cook pulled pork—and you can get a hint of smoke by adding chipotle chile. Serve the pulled pork with potato salad, collard greens and grits. Or make it into a sandwich and serve it on a bun with coleslaw.

22 Reviews for Pulled Pork with Caramelized Onions

My favorite!

This is officially my new go to recipe! What a great flavor!!

Big hit for a potluck!

I made this for a work potluck, and it was a huge crowd pleaser! Everyone asked for the recipe! I made the sauce the night before, started the crock pot in the morning for a lunchtime party, and served it with Martin's potato rolls for make-your-own sliders. Like another reviewer said, it took a bit longer to caramelize the onions than stated in the recipe, so I ended up cooking most of the moisture out trying to give them good color (adding sugar during caramelization also pulls the moisture out); I had to add a little water back in to the sauce at the end of Step 1 to loosen it up. I used Demerara sugar rather than turbinado to give it a little more depth of flavor, and the max suggested amount of chipotle. The sauce is not too sweet, not too spicy, and not too vinegary, which is why everyone enjoyed it so much. Personally, I like mine with a bit more smoke, kick and vinegar, so I'll probably increase the chipotle, black pepper, and vinegar when I make it for myself.

Easy, delicious

Hi, this recipe sounds awesome & I really want to try, I am in Australia so chipotle chile in adobo sauce is not readily available- can anyone offer a good substitute?

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latenitemom wrote 25 weeks 6 days ago

The chipotle in adobe sauce

The chipotle in adobe sauce adds a smoky quality to the dish. You may be able to leave it out but you'll be missing that smoky quality and the flavor and slight spiciness from the chipotle. As someone suggested, you can try to make it on your own. You can also order it on the internet through Amazon in Australia. You can freeze what you don't use for future use.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 8 weeks ago

You could make your own. Just

You could make your own. Just type it in google. It is pretty easy to make and stays well in the freezer.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

I just left it out and it was

I just left it out and it was still amazing!


Made this pork to use for the pulled pork torta recipe, also on this site. I love the flavor of the onions and the sauce, though I'll add a little more chipotle when I make it again. I only had one problem with making this: after 4.5 hours on high in my slow cooker, my pork didn't feel tender at all. I ended up putting in the oven for 1 hour on 300. Even after that, it was still a lot harder to shred than I expected. Might have been the particular cut of meat I had. I used a pork "shoulder butt" that had the joint in it. Must be a tough part. I'll definitely be trying this again with an un-jointed portion of meat. Served this on King's Hawaiian sweet rolls...Amazing!

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latenitemom wrote 25 weeks 6 days ago

You definitely don't want to

You definitely don't want to use a pork shoulder. A pork butt looks more like a Chuck roast with a blade of bone in it. You also need to increase the cooking time if it's larger than 3 lbs. Last suggestion if the above 2 doesn't solve your problem is to check your slow ccoker to see if it's working properly by testing the temperature. Google to find out how to do that.

Make it Sweet!

Accidentally purchased SWEET Chili Sauce (vs. regular); only used 2/3 cup, and a moderate squeeze of Ketchup. Followed crock-pot recipe and it was outstanding!

The sweet chili sauce plays well with the flavor of the caramelized onions. Served with brochen rolls and shredded sharp cheddar cheese. : )

EASY!, delicious, saves well

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