Cranberry BBQ Pulled Pork

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 9 hours


14 servings

Updated: Mar. 07, 2023
Cranberry sauce adds a yummy twist to pulled pork, and my family can't get enough of it! The pork cooks to tender perfection in the slow cooker, which also makes this dish conveniently portable. —Carrie Wiegand, Mount Pleasant, Iowa
Cranberry BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 boneless pork shoulder roast (4 to 6 pounds)
  • 1/3 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup cranberry juice
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional
  • 14 hamburger buns, split


  1. Cut roast in half. Place in a 4-qt. slow cooker. Add cranberry juice and salt. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove roast and set aside. In a small saucepan, combine the cranberry sauce, ketchup, cranberry juice, brown sugar, seasonings and liquid smoke if desired. Cook and stir over medium heat until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Skim fat from cooking juices; set aside 1/2 cup juices. Discard remaining juices. When cool enough to handle, shred pork with 2 forks and return to slow cooker.
  4. Stir in sauce mixture and reserved cooking juices. Cover and cook on low about 1 hour or until heated through. Serve on buns.

Can you freeze Cranberry BBQ Pulled Pork?

Freeze cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add a little water if necessary.

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich: 409 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 772mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 2g fiber), 26g protein.