Slow Cooker Cranberry Chipotle BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

(slow cooker) Cranberry Chipotle BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders Recipe |

You’re going to love this Slow Cooker Cranberry Chipotle BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders recipe! You wanted more slow cooker recipes, so here’s a slow cooker pulled pork recipe I think you’ll enjoy.   These Cranberry Chipotle BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders are perfect for your holiday parties or year-round and great as an appetizer or main dish.  When KitchenAid asked me to review their slow cooker I knew you all would love to hear about a new slow cooker and have another slow cooker recipe, yes??!   Did I mention how EASY these pulled pork sliders are thanks to the slow cooker??  Why spend all day cooking when you can have your slow cooker do all the work?!  Your house will also smell incredible as you’re making the BBQ pulled pork and the homemade Cranberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce!

(slow cooker) Cranberry Chipotle BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders Recipe |

I was super excited to try out KitchenAid’s 6-Quart Slow Cooker with Easy Serve Lid!  My previous slow cooker was old and starting to fall apart.  I was a bit attached to my slow cooker so a little hesitant to try out a new one but knew I had to give it a shot.  I was quite pleased with KitchenAid’s slow cooker and loved the easy serve lid!  It also has a 4 temperature setting (low, medium, high, and keep warm) and can be programmed up to 24 hours.  I loved the hinged lid that lets you open just one side for serving without having to take the whole lid on and off.  Can’t wait to make more slow cooker recipes this winter!

(slow cooker) Cranberry Chipotle BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders Recipe |

These Cranberry Chipotle BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders came out great!  To start, place a large pork butt (I used a 6 lb. bone-in pork butt) in the slow cooker with some beef broth.  You can substitute any size pork butt you can find or any size that will fit in the slow cooker.  This KitchenAid slow cooker was so large that next time I’ll probably buy a bigger pork butt so I have more leftover!  Cook the pork on low for about 8-10 hours or until the pork is very tender and falling apart.  Remove the pork from the broth and pull it apart with 2 forks.

(slow cooker) Cranberry Chipotle BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders Recipe |

Meanwhile make the homemade cranberry chipotle BBQ sauce for your pulled pork sliders.  It comes together fast (and a great way to use up some cranberry sauce you may have leftover from Thanksgiving).  The recipe makes about 5 cups of sauce which is a lot so cut the recipe in half if you don’t want that much, otherwise, you can freeze the rest of the barbecue sauce or dip your sandwiches in it! :)  You can make the pulled pork and BBQ sauce ahead of time, mix together, then reheat before serving.  The pork and BBQ sauce also freezes well!

(slow cooker) Cranberry Chipotle BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders Recipe |

I topped my pulled pork sandwiches with a little sliced red onion but wish I had a little cilantro in the house as well.

(slow cooker) Cranberry Chipotle BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders Recipe |

Serve these pulled pork sliders with the remaining BBQ sauce and enjoy!

(slow cooker) Cranberry Chipotle BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders Recipe |

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Cranberry Chipotle BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: about 6-8
Sweet and spicy pulled pork made in a slow cooker, served on mini rolls for a fun appetizer or even a main dish.
  • 1 6lb bone-in pork butt (or use any size that will fit in your slow cooker)
  • 4 cups beef broth, divided
  • 1 (12oz.) can tomato paste
  • 2 (14oz.) cans jellied cranberry sauce
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground chipotle
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • small rolls
  • sliced red onion (optional)
  • chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
  1. Place pork in slow cooker. Add 3⅔ cups beef broth to slow cooker, cover, and cook on low for about 8-10 hours or until pork is tender and falling apart.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare BBQ sauce. Mix together tomato paste, cranberry sauce, vinegar, remaining ⅓ cup beef broth, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, chipotle, garlic powder, and onion powder in small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk periodically until smooth and heated through then reduce temperature to low and cook another 15-30 minutes stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove pork from slow cooker, pull apart with 2 forks. Mix with desired amount of BBQ sauce. Spoon pork into small rolls and top with onion and cilantro if desired.
SNAPPY TIPS: Use any size of pork butt that you'd like and either bone-in or boneless. Servings will vary depending on size of pork and rolls. The recipe makes about 5 cups of BBQ sauce so cut the recipe in half if you'd like less or freeze the leftover.

SNAPPY SUBSTITUTIONS: Use chicken broth instead of beef broth if desired.

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Disclosure:  I received the above mentioned slow cooker from KitchenAid to review.  All opinions are my own.

  1. Joan Slusher says:

    Yum. Like this. Will try for sure. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas! Joan

  2. This sounds really fantastic. Something I am surely gonna try.

  3. carrian says:

    I just told my hubby that I’m craving pulled pork, and then BAM! They are on your site. It was meant to be. Love your styling too ps.

  4. Aggie says:

    Pulled pork is always such a hit. Love this sauce!

  5. Barb says:

    Can you use a pork loin instead?

    1. Lisa Huff says:

      Barb, you could definitely use a pork loin or tenderloin. Although they might not pull apart as much as other cuts so you may have to “chop” at the end. It will taste fine though and still work.

      1. Barb says:

        Thank you!!! Would the cooking time most likely be less?

        1. Lisa Huff says:

          It will probably be the same but of course all depends on the size of it, your slow cooker, etc.

  6. Rachel says:

    Can you make the sauce a few hours in advance and refrigerate it, then warm it to serve? I’m thinking the sauce sounds like something I need to do at nap time, at least the first time I try it! Thanks!!

    1. Lisa Huff says:

      Hi Rachel! Yes, you can absolutely make the sauce ahead of time. You could even make it a few days ahead and store in the fridge or it will last in the freezer for a long time too.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Could you put the slow-cooker on high for faster cooking and still get as tender results? Thank you!

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