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Thursday, October 8, 2020

BBQ Pulled Pork Chili

A new twist on classic chili...this bbq pulled pork version will be a new favorite!
Sweet, yet still smokey, kids and adults love this one.

bbq pulled pork chili

Friends you are always asking for easy, family friendly meals. Ones that everyone loves and are simple to make. Today is your day!

I'm so pumped to share my BBQ Pulled Pork Chili with you today - it's sweet, it's smokey, it's filling and best yet - it's incredibly yummy! Pork is the star of the show here. Grab your crockpot and let's get to work.

This dinner is great for busy weeknights {simple prep in the morning will get you off to a good start}, but it is also fun for the weekends if you are feeding a crowd, watching the big game or just having a lazy Sunday.

bbq pulled pork chili

I once again have partnered with my friends at Iowa Pork. We have worked together so many times over the years and the recipes I've created with them have always been given a double thumbs up.

Remember my Sweet Glazed Ham Ball Sliders? Or my Bacon & Blue Pork Burgers? Both received rave reviews.

Our family always buys pork in bulk from a local family farmer. We choice a variety of cuts to put in our freezer {roasts, bacon, chops, sausage, etc.} which lasts us the good part of a year. It's so convenient to know I always have pork in my freezer when needed.

bbq pulled pork chili

About one third of the pork raised here in the United States comes from Iowa {go us!}, so when you buy pork at any grocery store you are supporting family farms here in my home state.

Have you been cooking with pork?

It is very versatile and can enhance any dish. 

Have pork chops? Throw them on the grill. Have ground sausage? Jazz up your spaghetti sauce. Bacon on hand? Make a killer BLT sandwich. A roast in the freezer? MAKE THIS CHILI, of course.

bbq pulled pork chili

Barbecue pulled pork is such a staple meal here in the Midwest. You'll see it at graduation parties, weddings, family reunions and tailgate parties. I figured why not use it in chili? It sounded amazing to me and Iowa Pork agreed.

That sweet taste you love in traditional barbecue pulled pork fits perfectly in this chili. It's not too sweet, yet it's there - plus you still get the smokey flavors of the chili powder, cumin and crushed red pepper flakes.

It's the best of both worlds!

bbq pulled pork chili

For this recipe I used a 2 pound pork shoulder roast - but any cut of roast will do - butt or even a loin cut work just fine. Using the crockpot you cook the roast low and slow with just some bbq seasoning and water. This allows the roast to cook evenly and hold onto some moisture. You will know it's done when the pork shreds easily and falls apart with just the touch of tongs or a fork. This process will take around 6-8 hours in the crockpot.

To read about safe internal pork cooking temperatures, read here.

At this point all you do is all all the remaining ingredients!

Traditional chili stuff - tomato juice, chili beans, diced tomatoes, barbecue sauce and bacon {not traditional}, onions, chili powder, cumin and garlic salt.

bbq pulled pork chili

Mix it all together in that same crockpot {trying to save you dishes!} and let it warm all together for about an hour before eating.

What's extra special about this chili is there will probably be leftovers so I've naturally created two dinners in a row for you. You're welcome! I just reheat in the crockpot again on night two and dinner is done. 


bbq pulled pork chili

Who is ready to give this "new to you" chili a try?

I'd love to hear your thoughts and see your photos, be sure to tag me {@sweetsavoryeats} and Iowa Pork {@iowapork} on social media so we see it.

This post is sponsored by Iowa Pork.

BBQ Pulled Pork Chili

BBQ Pulled Pork Chili
Yield: 12
Author: Ally
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 8 HourTotal time: 8 H & 10 M
A fun twist on a chili recipe - bbq pulled pork takes center show and gives this chili a sweet taste with the still classic smokey flavor of chili we love.


  • 2 lb pork shoulder roast
  • 1/4 cup John Henry Pecan Rub seasoning (or any BBQ seasoning)
  • 32 oz tomato juice
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 15 oz can Mrs. Grimes Original chili beans
  • 15 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 strips bacon, chopped
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1 T cumin
  • 1/2 T garlic salt
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes


To cook the pork roast
  1. Place the pork roast in a crockpot and sprinkle on the bbq seasoning and pour in one cup of water.
  2. Set to LOW and cook for 6-8 hours (or until the pork is falling apart and easy to shred apart).
  3. Once done, remove any fat from the pork and discard, then shred with tongs until the pork is in small pieces.
  4. Drain off any extra juice from the roast and discard.
To make the chili
  1. Keep the cooked pork in the crockpot and set it to WARM.
  2. In a skillet over medium heat cook the diced onions and bacon until tender and bacon is slightly crisp. This should take around 5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Add all ingredients into the crockpot with the warm shredded pork - tomato juice, bbq sauce, cooked onions and bacon, chili beans, diced tomatoes and seasonings.
  4. Mix all ingredients together and let the chili heat together for another hour before serving.
  5. Serve with oyster crackers or any favorite chili toppings - sour cream, shredded cheese, green onions, etc.



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