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Cinnamon Chipotle Spiced Pulled Pork

Flavored with apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, chipotle, and other natural seasonings, this pulled pork is the perfect fall recipe for a crowd.


This recipe is sponsored by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, and I am so excited to share it with you!

It's fall, y'all! I've put away the summer recipes and started experimenting with my favorite fall flavors AND my favorite fall appliance: my slow cooker.

I use my slow cooker so much during the fall and winter months that I don't even bother putting it back in the cabinet after washing it because I know it will be coming right back out again. :)

Of course I love all of the recipes I share here on the blog, but this smoky pulled pork has become my new favorite. When you make it for yourself, I think you'll see why.

Pork shoulder is one of the best cuts of meat to slow cook because it becomes SO tender, and soaks up all of the flavor of whatever seasonings you use. The Smithfield All Natural Fresh Pork Shoulder Picnic Roast from Walmart is my go-to because it's naturally tender without any added ingredients or preservatives.

Apples paired with pork is a classic combination, but I gave these traditional fall flavors a little twist by adding a rub made from cinnamon, chipotle powder, garlic, cumin, and few other seasonings.

I also created an easy apple cider vinegar slaw (made with pre-packaged cole slaw mix to keep things simple) which adds a satisfying crunch and a tangy bite to the pork.

This is the kind of recipe that makes the whole house smell amazing while it's cooking, and makes you feel instantly comforted (and hungry) when you walk in the door at the end of a long day.

Related recipe: Roast Beef Sliders


There's no searing or prep required for this recipe, so it's perfect for an easy weeknight dinner, yet it's also totally worthy of serving to guests. It's a total crowd pleaser, and would be ideal to make for some weekend football viewing or a casual get together with friends.


Cinnamon Spiced Pulled Pork

The best flavors of fall are packed into this pulled pork recipe. Perfect fall party food!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 176kcal
Author: Kate


For the pork:
  • 3 lb pork shoulder
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt divided
  • 1 ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • slider rolls for serving
For the slaw:
  • 3 cups pre-packaged cole slaw mix*
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • honey


  • In a small bowl, combine the cumin, cinnamon, garlic powder, chipotle powder, and 1 teaspoon salt.
  • Pour the applesauce into the bottom of a slow cooker. Using your hands, rub the spice mixture all over the pork, and place on top of the applesauce.
  • Cook on high for 5-6 hours, or until pork shreds easily with a fork.
  • Remove pork to a bowl and shred, removing any fat.
  • Strain the liquid from the slow cooker into a gravy strainer or fat separator.
  • Return the shredded pork to the slow cooker, along with the strained liquid.
  • Add additional kosher salt to taste (I use approx 1 tsp).
  • To make the slaw, whisk together vinegar, oil, salt, sugar, and a small drizzle of honey until emulsified. Pour over slaw mixture and stir to combine.
  • To serve, fill each roll with pork mixture, and top with a spoonful of slaw.


If you can't find pre-packaged cole slaw mix, or you want to make your own, just combine julienned white cabbage, red cabbage, and carrots.


Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 890mg | Potassium: 370mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 8.7mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1.6mg

For more easy and delicious recipes featuring Smithfield All Natural Pork, check out my recipe for Easy Baked Pork Chops with Panko Herb Topping.

If you make the pulled pork sliders, please come back and let me know what you think! This is truly one of my all-time favorite recipes, and I'm hoping you all will love it as much as we do.

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Saturday 26th of October 2019

I love making pulled pork sliders. So simple to slow cook and so delicious. I hadn't thought of this flavor combo but it sounds delicious! I'll have to give it a try soon.


Saturday 26th of October 2019

Cinnamon is such an inventive ingredient to add but it works!

Andrea Metlika

Saturday 26th of October 2019

These flavors cinnamon, chipotle powder, garlic, and cumin sound amazing on pork. I cannot wait to make these.


Saturday 26th of October 2019

You had me at cinnamon ~ I love the way it pairs with meats, but I've never tried it with pulled pork, yum!!


Saturday 26th of October 2019

This is such a great play on flavors! You’ll definitely be game day ready with these sliders.

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