Game Day Crock Pot Pulled Pork Recipe

by Pamela

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It doesn’t matter if you’re rooting for a team in the Super Bowl, you can’t wait to watch the halftime spectacle (will we or won’t we see a forbidden body part….ooooooh the suspense) or maybe you’re just in it for the food. Regardless of your reason for watching the big game, there’s always the food. Game day food is always absolutely over the top. It’s like every holiday of the year all rolled into one day times 10,000. This crock pot recipe is an easy one to pull together even at the last minute.

If you’ve ever attended any game day party, you’ve probably had those infamous crock pot meatballs and/or crock pot little smokies. You know the one’s. There’s some kind of magically delicious sauce that when you finally grow the balls to ask what’s in it you instantly are dumbfouned by the its simplicity – chili sauce and grape jelly. You then, no doubt, laugh hysterically, accuse them of lying and then start to ponder who was drunk enough to try this combo out and then find out the stumbled upon what is probably known as the easiest and most delicious combo ever thought up (aside from chocolate and peanut butter….cuz nothing trumps that combo). These pulled pork sliders are made the same way.

Pulled Pork Sliders - Perfect Game Day Food

I’ve run more than one pulled pork recipe on this site (I’m a big fan of the stuff). In fact, one of them was done in the oven and the other was done in a crock pot/slow cooker. I think the stuff makes for perfect game day/party food. This recipe is made in the crock pot because it’s a lot easier to keep everything warm and to serve straight out of the crock pot sitting on the counter. It’s also a whole lot easier to travel with the pulled pork in a crock pot than in a roasting pan.

Anybody can make the pulled pork recipe in today’s post. Open a couple of jarsΒ  dump and scoop. Open a bottle and pour, then open a package of meat and plop it in. Slap the lid on an turn the machine on. Dunzo. Sure, you’ve got to buy some little buns (I used those King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls πŸ™‚ ) or maybe you’d prefer tortillas. Shred some cabbage and carrots or go all lazy, like I did, and buy a couple of bags of the pre-shredded stuff and mix up a batch of coleslaw (I just throw some plain yogurt in with the cabbage). Just lay everything out on the counter and call it a day.

Yes, I am aware that the pork in these pictures does not look “pulled.” It’s not…it’s been chopped. I used “city ribs” in this recipe (which is a pork loin cut into thick strips). This cut doesn’t break down the same way a pork butt or shoulder will. I actually did this on purpose to show that you can make some substitutions in recipes and still have them work out (some things can be substituted πŸ˜‰ ). The recipe still tastes great, you’ll just be chopping the pork instead of shredding it if you use this cut of meat.

Crockpot Pulled Pork Sliders are a Perfect Snack

Now get going and pick up these ingredients from the store so you’re ready to serve up the easiest and best tasting pulled pork sliders you’ve ever had.

Game Day Crock Pot Pulled Pork Recipe
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These pulled pork sliders couldn't be easier or more delicious. Why? Because it only takes 4 favorite ingredients to make this crock pot pulled pork recipe.
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
  • 2½ Pounds Pork (country ribs, pork butt or pork shoulder)
  • 1 12 Ounce Bottle Chili Sauce
  • 14 Ounces Concord Grape Jelly
  • ¼ Cup + 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  1. Cut pork into 1"-2" cubes and set aside.
  2. Add chili sauce, jelly and apple cider to crock pot and whisk to thoroughly combine.
  3. Drop the pork into the sauce and stir to coat everything.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  5. Remove meat from crock pot and chop or shred.
  6. For game day serving, put the meat back into the crock pot and leave the heat to low.
  7. Serve with rolls, tortillas, coleslaw, green onions, jalapenos or anything else you'd like to serve with the meat.
This recipe makes 12 slider sandwiches so the serving size represents 2 sandwiches for 6 people.


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Roger Perrault February 24, 2014 at 10:48 am


Full report – it was fantastic. The only variant was adding some rosemary. Served it in wraps with a side salad. I will definitely make this again.


Pamela February 24, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Hi Roger,

Thanks for reporting back! I’m so glad to hear you liked it. The rosemary addition sounds like it would add a great bit of flavor to the sauce.

Roger Perrault February 23, 2014 at 6:25 am

I have gotten all the ingredients together but I have one last question. The recipe calls for cutting the pork into smaller pieces. With or without the fat? When pork shoulder is cooked in the oven, the fat stays on and is removed when cooked. Thanks for your help!


Pamela February 23, 2014 at 7:47 am

Hi Roger,

Leave the fat on, for cooking, then cut it off before, or while, you’re cutting the meat into smaller pieces after cooking. ENJOY!!!

Roger Perrault February 6, 2014 at 7:28 am

I am tempted to try this recipe but I am not sure what is the 12 oz bottle of chili sauce? I often use oriental chili sauces in recipes but cannot imagine using 12 oz of the stuff. Can you enlighten me as to what you are referring to? While you are at it, grape jelly is the stuff one would find in the jam and peanut butter section?


Pamela February 6, 2014 at 9:03 am

Hi Roger,

The chili sauce in this recipe is not the oriental chili sauce you are referring to. πŸ˜‰ You’re most likely to find it near the bbq sauces at the grocery store. There is usually a store brand and the big brand of this is Heinz. It tastes a bit like weak bbq sauce. You are correct about the grape jelly. It is the stuff you’ll find in the jam and peanut butter section. Enjoy the sliders!

sippitysup February 3, 2014 at 12:34 pm

I didn’t watch the game but I did eat pork! GREG

John@Kitchen Riffs February 2, 2014 at 9:33 am

Fun stuff! I do pulled pork in the oven all the time, but never in the crock pot. And I just learned of the grape jelly trick (someone has to be last in the class!). I definitely need to try this sometime — thanks.

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef February 1, 2014 at 7:48 pm

I could watch TWO superbowl games in a row if I had these to eat. My all-time favorite sandwich.

Pamela February 1, 2014 at 8:45 pm

These did not last long at our house Maureen. πŸ™‚

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