Chipotle Apple Pulled Pork

  • Author: Mix and Match Mama
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 1x


The perfect combination of sweet and sassy, my Chipotle Apple Pulled Pork is a slow cooker recipe that goes from Crock Pot to table in minutes!  The perfect recipe for your busy weeknight!



  • 1 (3 to 5 pound) pork shoulder (you can also use pork butt, pork roast or a pork tenderloin)
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 4 cups of apple juice or cider (your favorite variety!) plus about ½ cup for your sauce
  • maybe a little more water to cover
  • 1 can of chipotles in adobo sauce (on the international aisle, you won’t use the whole can)
  • about 2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce (we use Sweet Baby Ray’s)
  • Burger Buns (we use g-free!)
  • shredded parsley to garnish


  1. In your slow cooker, place your pork followed by your chopped red onion and your 4 cups of apple juice.  You want about half of the slow cooker to be filled with liquid, so if it’s not, either add a bit of water or more apple juice.
  2. Cover and cook all day long on HIGH (we typically do it about 8 hours).
  3. When you’re ready to eat, remove the slow cooker lid and pull the pork out discarding all of the liquid.  Taking two forks, shred the pork in a large bowl (it will shred very easily) and then, add in your remaining ½ cup of apple juice and chopped chipotle peppers (we chop up 2 to 3) along with about a tablespoon of the adobo sauce.  Finally, stir in your BBQ sauce.
  4. Once your shredded pork is covered in sauce, take each bun and divide out your pork along with a sprinkle of parsley.  Serve and enjoy!


In each can of chipotles, there will be several along with the adobo sauce.  I will chop up about 3 peppers and then scoop out a bit of the sauce.  You can add less for less heat or more for more heat.  Whatever you don’t eat in the can, can be frozen in a freezer bag.  We use a g-free BBQ sauce to make this recipe gluten-free.