This Cheesy BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe takes pulled pork to another level of flavor! This slow cooker pulled pork couldn’t be easier, or more delicious!
Pulled pork is pretty delicious all on it’s own. But when you stir in a few cups of sharp cheddar cheese it becomes – well, amazing.
Make this crock pot pork roast and everyone will be asking you for the recipe! Not only is it crazy good, as we’ve mentioned, but it’s really simple to make and feeds a crowd.
So dinner with leftovers, check. Dinner for a party, check. Meal prepping for the week, check.
This Cheesy BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe covers all bases.
How To Make Pulled Pork
To make pulled pork, can either use the oven or your slow cooker or cork pot. Today we’re using our slow cooker for this pulled pork recipe, but you can make this same pork recipe in the oven too!
Crock pots just make things a little easier, you just add a pork roast to your slow cooker with a dry rub and onions. Turn it on and walk away. That’s the key, walking away! Because I’m sure you have other things to do for 6 hours…
I have found that different brands of slow cookers definitely cook at different temperatures, . The “low” setting on one slow cooker doesn’t always equal the temperature of a “low” setting on another slow cooker.
So for a five pound pork roast I say to cook it between 6-8 hours. Checking at 6 to see if it’s shreddable or fork tender, then letting it cook longer if it needs to.
Once the pork roast is tender, remove it from the slow cooker and set it on a board to cool. Drain the juices from your slow cooker, but save them in a bowl, you’ll be stirring some of the juices into the shredded pork.
Shred the pork roast using two forks and return it back to the slow cooker. Add some of the onions and reserved juices to the pork along with your favorite BBQ sauce.
And then, the cheese…
You’ll want to add the cheese in while it’s still warm so that it melts into the pork and BBQ sauce. If it’s not quite warm enough to melt the cheese, put the lid back on and turn the slow cooker on high for 15 minutes.
How To Serve This Pulled Pork Recipe
Obviously on buns, yes. That’s the most common way to serve pulled pork and for good reason, it’s delicious. But there’s so many other ways to use this Cheesy BBQ Pulled Pork too!
• Pile it into a baked potato with toppings
• Add it to your favorite chopped salad
• Use it as a filling for taquitos or tacos
• Make cheesy poutine french fries
• Straight up out of the bowl as is
I can say that we’ve tried ALL of the above and every one of them is a dinner home run.
This pulled pork recipe is perfect for serving at parties because it’s a make ahead recipe and your guests can even serve themselves! Set out a plate of buns on the side, maybe a bowl of coleslaw and you’re good to go.
Like I said before, we’ve also make this recipe for Sunday dinner so that we have leftovers during the busy weeknights of school and sports activities.
Also a great thing when your kids can feed themselves, too.
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- 5 pound boneless pork butt
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- 2 cups onions, sliced
- 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 cups bbq sauce, plus extra for serving
For the Spice Rub
- 1 1/2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon cumin (depending on taste, we use 1 tablespoon)
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
Place the onions on the bottom of your slow cooker.
Combine the dry rub ingredients together in a small bowl, whisking together to combine. Rub the spice mixture all over the pork roast, you might not use it all but add it generously to all sides.
Place the pork roast on top of the onions, then pour in the pineapple juice.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours until the pork roast is fork tender and shreddable.
Remove the pork from the slow cooker to a board then pour the juices into a large bowl.
Let the roast cool slightly, then shred using two forks, meat claws or your hands.
Return the shredded pork to the slow cooker with 1 cup of the reserved onions and juice from cooking.
Add the cheese and bbq sauce to the pork and stir to combine. If the cheese is not melting into the pork, cover the slow cooker and set on high for 15 minutes. Stir again and serve.
This pulled pork can be made ahead of time and reheated on low in your slow cooker or in the oven, covered at 350 until warm.
Serving Size:1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 554 Total Fat: 34g Saturated Fat: 14g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 17g Cholesterol: 143mg Sodium: 1392mg Carbohydrates: 19g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 16g Protein: 39g