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Slow Cooker Honey-Chipotle Pulled Pork is sweet and savory with just a touch of heat from the chipotle peppers. The pork cooks low and slow for juicy, tender meat the entire family will love! 

Overhead view of honey chipotle pulled pork in a slow cooker.

Slow Cookers are one of our favorite tools for cooking pulled pork. We love how you can just dump everything in and leave it to do all of the work. Not to mention, there are so many variations for slow cooker pulled pork! This honey-chipotle sauce is our absolute favorite. The chipotle brings both a heat and smokiness to balance out the sweet of the honey. Add in some garlic and other seasonings and you have a finger-licking barbecue sauce.

  • Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce:

    You should be able to find small cans of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce in the Mexican food section of your local grocery store, near the refried beans and enchilada sauce. The most common national brands you may come across are Embasa and La CosteƱa.

  • Sugar Options:

    We love the blend of the honey with brown sugar in this recipe and highly recommend you use both! However, you can always omit the brown sugar if necessary and simply use 1 cup total of honey.

  • Do I have to use a food processor or blender for the sauce?

    Unfortunately, yes. You want those chili peppers in adobo to be pureed rather than have chunks of them in your sauce

  • Roast Size for Slow Cooker Honey-Chipotle Pulled Pork:

    We call for a 3-5 pound pork roast, but you can always use a smaller or larger roast to suite your needs. If you end up with a larger roast, you will want to double the sauce.

  • Serving Suggestions:

    We love nothing more than a pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw. However, if that’s not your thing, you can always use it in burritos, tacos, or most other Mexican food.

  • Make Ahead Instructions:

    Save some time by making the sauce ahead of time and storing in an airtight container in your fridge until ready to use.

  • Storage and Reheating Instructions:

    Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Reheat in a skillet over medium-low heat on the stovetop until warmed through.

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Overhead view of a pulled pork sandwich.
Overhead view of honey chipotle pulled pork in a slow cooker.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
  • 1 3-5 pound Pork Roast Butt, Boston butt
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar tightly packed
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Place pork butt roast in the bottom of a 5 to 8 quart slow cooker. Season with 2 tsp salt.
  • In a blender or food processor, combine ketchup, brown sugar, honey, chipotles, vinegar, worcestershire, garlic, 1/2 tsp salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth.
  • Pour half the sauce over the pork butt and refrigerate the remaining portion in an airtight container.
  • Cook on low 6 to 8 hours. Drain half of the excess liquids and pour reserve sauce over pork. Cook an additional 2 hours on low. Shred before serving.


Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1029mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 156IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner, Slow Cooker
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Low and slow, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Slow Cooker
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