Recipe By Krystal
Published Mar 5th
Prep 20m Cook 8h 30m Additional - Ready In 8h 50m
Servings 16 servings Calories 439.3

A rich blend of sweet and savory, this fall-off-the-bone, tender pork makes a perfect sandwich whether on a roll or in a tortilla. Great by itself or as a side dish too!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, thickly sliced
  • 6 pounds pork butt roast
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Pour 1 teaspoon olive oil into a slow cooker and arrange sliced onion over oil. Place pork roast over onion.
  2. 2 Cook on Low until pork is very tender, 8 to 9 hours. Transfer roast to a platter and discard onion and liquid. Shred pork with two forks.
  3. 3 Heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a stock pot over medium heat; cook and stir chopped onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add shredded pork, tomato paste, molasses, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, salt, and black pepper; stir well. Cover and simmer until sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 439.3
  • Carbohydrate 16.2 g
  • Cholesterol 97.2 mg
  • Fat 32 g
  • Fiber 0.7 g
  • Protein 22.6 g
  • Saturated Fat 10.8 g
  • Sodium 2148.3 mg
  • Sugar 12.1 g

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Chef's Notes

To make a more diabetic friendly version, use 2 tablespoons Splenda(R) Brown Sugar Blend and 1/4 cup molasses with an additional tablespoon of balsamic vinegar. Not sugar-free, but much lower!


  1. I found the tomato paste was a little too overwhelming for my taste. I probably will not make this again.
  2. The sauce is excellent! I added a heaping tablespoon more brown sugar. it just seemed to need it.
  3. Great recipe. I've stopped looking for a pulled pork recipe after this one!
  4. This was exactly what I was looking for! Incredible sandwich. All my boys loved it! No one was talking while eating this it was so good. Nice rich BBQ flavor. I will definitely make this again
  5. I typically prefer my pulled pork with the sauce on the side but this was really good. The red pepper flakes are optional but I highly recommend using them. Thanks for a great sandwich!