Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

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Looking for a slow cooker recipe for barbecue pork, but worried about the unhealthy ingredients in other available options? Look no further than our Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork! This barbecue recipe is ideal for those who love the taste of southern barbecue, but want to avoid the calories and fat found in most barbecue recipes. We swap out several of the high calorie and processed ingredients for healthier, whole food options.

You can even transport it with you and serve it at someone else’s home – just prepare in advance and plug in the slow cooker when you arrive!

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

Out with the old and in with the new, this enticing and healthy pulled pork recipe is going to be a crowd-pleaser!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 5 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Budget-Friendly, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Slow Cooker
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 156kcal
Author: SkinnyMs.


  • 15 ounces tomato sauce can
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon cumin ground
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon ground, less to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt
  • 4 boneless pork loin chops


  • Mix together all of the ingredients in the slow cooker, except the chops. This will create the barbecue sauce.
  • Please note that this makes a lot of sauce. If you feel it’s too much, simply save some of it for another use, but do not reduce by more than half. Place the chops in the sauce and cook as directed.
  • Cook on low setting for 4 to 6 hours or high for 2 to 3 hours, or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches at least 165 degrees. Meat should easily pull apart when done.
  • Optional: Garnish with red onion and add a slice of provolone cheese to each sandwich.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 462mg | Potassium: 458mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 304IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6


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78 Comments on "Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork"

  1. Amys0528  June 10, 2012

    This is sooooooooo yummy!!!

  2. Sharingwellness  June 10, 2012

    I am going to make this one…..LOOKS YUMMY

  3. Vicki  June 10, 2012

    My favorite recipe! My husband loves BBQ and I am thrilled that it's skinny! Thank you! Proves you don't have to sacrifice taste for healthy!

  4. Kristen  June 10, 2012

    Trying this one today!! Looks Delish!!!!

    • Pat W  May 28, 2014

      I made this last night and the pork was delicious I did find the taste of Cumin in the sauce was a little too strong for my liking.
      Next time I make it I will half the amount of Cumin. But overall it was an easy and delicious crock pot meal!

  5. Ricktan97  June 10, 2012

    This is my favorite recipe that I have tried here, so far. I love the sweet/smokiness of the sauce. And SO easy to put together. 🙂

  6. Darleen Lynn Lillibr  June 10, 2012

    This is my husband's favorite dish and it is so simple. I love these wonderful, healthy recipes.

  7. Baker5  June 10, 2012

    Love this.

  8. Lisa Palumbo  June 10, 2012

    This is a favorite of mine. Since moving down south pulled pork has become a staple in our home and to have a healthy & easy version of it is amazing!!!!

  9. Sara Fieberg  June 10, 2012


  10. Nicholed1983  June 10, 2012

    love this one

  11. Ricktan97  August 10, 2012

    This is my top favorite of all the recipes I have tried! Whole family loves!!

  12. Stephanie Gigliotti  August 12, 2012

    This one is awesome and can switch out with chicken. This is a favorite, no doubt.

  13. Holli  August 25, 2012

    I'm trying this one tonight. I'm a little worried because my house smells more like tacos than BBQ sauce…I will return when it's finished. I hope it's good.

  14. linda  December 10, 2012

    this is my fav and I will be making this often….I love a large amount of healthy Skinny Ms Recipes, but if I had to pick one of my favs…this is it. No sugar yay. So easy, so moist, so tender, so full of flavours. I put large potatoes in with it sometimes.Other times,we just make the pork and put it on toast or on a fresh low fat bun.With a lite side salad. Comforting recipe for sure.thx

  15. Eva Matamoros Courtney  February 15, 2013

    4 chops are not enough for my family. Do I double the recipe and cook it in a 6-quart crock? or do I just add more pork?

  16. Eva Matamoros Courtney  February 15, 2013

    You may have moved far away, but I’m ever so glad you’re always just a few keystokes away! Miss ya!

  17. Debra  March 9, 2013

    Question: Does these loin have the bone in it?

  18. Kellie  March 11, 2013

    Oh my gosh this sounds so yummy.

  19. Skinny Ms.  September 22, 2013

    Emily, Our recipes normally do have sodium listed. It was inadvertently left out of this recipe. The sodium is 168 mg for 1 serving. Thanks!

  20. SkinnyMs  March 6, 2014

    You can make this with bone-in or boneless.

  21. Cori  August 5, 2014

    I don't know much about buying meat.. but I must have bought the wrong kind. I cooked it according to the directions and the sauce smelled great – but I couldn't pull the pork! It was solid and dry! We ended up cooking burgers on the grill in a pinch 🙁

    • SkinnyMs  August 6, 2014

      Cori, Pork Shoulder is a good option for pulled pork.

  22. Joe D  October 5, 2014

    Can you make this with chicken?

    • SkinnyMs  October 6, 2014

      Joe D, Yes you can make this with chicken.

  23. MGdc  October 6, 2014

    I'm cooking from a larger cut of meat, can you give me an approximate weight that goes with this amount of sauce?

    • SkinnyMs  October 7, 2014

      MGdc, 1-1/2 pounds of pork.

  24. Tia  April 5, 2015

    Made this for dinner today (Easter) …….everyone loved it ……..I plan on putting this in my keep file so I can make it again……..would be an easy meal to make in a motorhome……..thanks

    • SkinnyMs  April 6, 2015

      Tia, That's excellent! You're welcome.

  25. Jill  January 20, 2016

    The diet I am on considers honey a sugar and it is not allowed. Is this worth trying without any kind of sweetener?

    • Gale Compton  January 20, 2016

      Jill, Definitely still worth it! Here’s a sugar alternative that will sweeten up the sauce:

      Applesauce (no sugar added) ratio 1:1
      Here’s a really good recipe for applesauce. I would recommend a sweeter apple for the recipe, for example, Golden Delicious.

  26. Lisa  February 3, 2016

    Hi. Can this be done on high heat? If yes, how long?

  27. Dee  February 3, 2016

    Is it possible to cook this recipe on high? The crockpot accidentally wasn’t set so now getting a late start on dinner. Please help!

    • Gale Compton  February 4, 2016

      Dee, Whoops, sorry just seeing your comment. High would work as well. How did turn out?

  28. Mandy  February 18, 2016

    When you say tin of tomato sauce, do you mean pasata?

  29. Ashley  February 29, 2016

    Have this is in the slow cooker right now, can’t wait to try it!

  30. Lisa  March 18, 2016

    Does the sauce thicken in the slow cooker?

    • Gale Compton  March 18, 2016

      Lisa, It does thicken somewhat but still has plenty of liquid so that it doesn’t dry out.

  31. Cheryl  September 3, 2016

    Can this be made with a couple of pork tenderloins in the crockpot? Like 2 or 3 of them?

    • Gale Compton  September 3, 2016

      Cheryl, I would start with 2 tenderloins and next time you’ll know if more is needed. 🙂

  32. Alecia Mickelsen  September 21, 2016

    Do the calories include the bun and cheese?

    • Kym Votruba  September 21, 2016

      No, the nutritional data is calculated for one serving of pulled pork.

  33. Lora  September 25, 2016

    My family and I LOVED this recipe… didn’t chane ga thing, will definitely be making again. Thank you!

    • Nichole  September 26, 2016

      Thank you, Lora! Glad your family enjoyed the recipe!

  34. Frankie  December 11, 2016

    I noticed mandy asked if you meant passata or tin tomatoes i think you misunderstood her because passata isnt a type of pasta its sorta a liquid puree without any added ingrediants

    • Gale Compton  December 12, 2016

      Thanks so much for your help. I added a comment to my response. 🙂

  35. Liz  January 13, 2017

    Does anyone know what the serving size is? I know it says 1/8 of the recipe but just wondering if anyone has measured it out (in cups or grams) rather than having to divide it out

    • Gale Compton  January 14, 2017

      Liz, It’s approximately 1/2 cup per serving, give or take a little depending on the size of the chops. 🙂

  36. Tina  January 21, 2017

    Is the calorie count of 221 with or without the bun and cheese? What type of bun is it?

  37. Cindy  February 8, 2017

    Has anyone made with this a pork shoulder roast? That’s what I usually use when I make pulled pork. Just can’t imagine pork chops would get tender enough to pull apart. And, I am making this tomorrow for dinner company so I can’t afford to the meat to not come out correctly.

    • Gale Compton  February 8, 2017

      Cindy, Pork shoulder roast should work just fine! 🙂

  38. LaDonna  February 11, 2017

    I was wondering what kind of bun you use? I want to make this for my husband

    • Gale Compton  February 11, 2017

      LaDonna, We used multi-grain seeded rolls and sliced them open. It’s been a few years since we came up with the recipe so I don’t remember the exact brand. 🙂

  39. Amy  February 12, 2017

    I am pretty sure, being in the 21st Century, there should be an option for me to send this to my email? Instead, all I can do, is share it to social media. Not everyone is on social media. Get with the programme.

    • Gale Compton  February 12, 2017

      Hi Amy, We’ve added an email funtion in the past which caused issues with the print function.
      I forwarded your comment to our web developer who is once again looking into getting an email button
      that doesn’t interfere with the recipe functionality.

      We are grateful for our loyal audience and their feedback. Thank you, Amy, your request is at the top of my “get done” list. 🙂

  40. Amy Z  March 31, 2017

    If I double the meat to 3 pounds, would I have enough of the sauce or would I need to increase that as well?

    • Gale Compton  March 31, 2017

      Amy, I would suggest increasing the sauce as well.

  41. Naomi  May 28, 2017

    I’m in Aussie and unsure what exactly a can of tomato sauce is. Is this a tomato puree? Thanks

    • Gale Compton  May 29, 2017

      Naomi, Tomato Sauce is a litte thinner than Tomato Puree. Try adding a little water to the puree and thin out slightly.
      Tomato sauce can be poured.

  42. Linda  August 10, 2017

    If you just want to use the barbecued pulled pork as a main course without a bun or cheese, what would you suggest as sides to go with it??

  43. Chelsea  September 14, 2017

    This is in the crockpot right now! A little nervous that I didn’t get think enough pork loin chops so praying it turns out! It smells good so far! haha

  44. Sarah  October 4, 2017

    I just made this tonight. We ended up eating later than I anticipated so it ended up cooking for the full 6 hours on low.

    The pork was melt in your mouth tender. The sauce was super easy to make, which is a definite plus for my busy life.

    The only thing is the cinnamon. I have heard of cinnamon being put into things like chili, but never actually tried it before, so I was hesitant.

    I only used half of what the recipe called for so it was 1/2 tsp instead of 1 tsp.

    It was still too much!

    The taste was lovely but I kept having this strong after taste that tasted like hobby lobby during Christmas time…haha

    My daughter didn’t like the after taste either. Some people may love that flavor, but next time I make this I’ll omit the cinnamon altogether. And I will definitely be making this recipe again and again!!! Sooooo good!! ❤️

    • Gale Compton  October 5, 2017

      Sarah, Thanks so much for the feedback. I’m sure our readers will appreaciate your tips. 🙂

  45. Sweetie  January 16, 2018

    I made this and found it quite sweet, a bit less honey next time i think

  46. Laura  June 5, 2018

    Does this recipe freeze well? I live alone, so would be keen to be able to freeze portions for later in the month. Also, I wonder if you could give a weight for the pork loin chops, please? I’m in the UK, not sure if there’d be much of a size difference in the chop portions.

    • Gale Compton  June 7, 2018

      Laura, Sure, this freezes well. I’m not sure about the size difference. I would eyeball the loins, a little more or less is fine. 🙂

  47. Melissa  February 6, 2020

    The pork chops were tough and wouldn’t pull apart and the sauce tastes nothing like bbq. Yuck!

    • Nichole Furlong  February 9, 2020

      Hi Melissa, sounds like your pork needed a longer cook time. Please feel free to adjust the recipe flavors to fit your personal preference.


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