BBQ pork in the winter (no grill needed)

slow cooker bbq pork-hAs the weather cools down using your gill outside is not so easy but don’t worry you can still have your favorite BBQ all made inside and even better it is made in your slow cooker!

Break out a freezer favorite!

So pork tenderloin is something I always have in my freezer.  It thaws quickly, it cooks quickly and you can do almost anything to it and it takes great!  Just last week I made this roasted pork tenderloin with root veggies that is a great Fall inspired dish and it is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner…but there is just something about a BBQ pork sandwich that transports me back to backyard BBQ’s and warm weather. 

Low and Slow

The beauty of the this slow cooker recipe is you can use it with pork tenderloin, pork butt or even chicken breasts or thighs, just adjust cooking times as needed….but you can also adjust the seasonings to be exactly what you prefer.  You can add some additional heat, or make it super mild.  You can make it sweeter, tangier or more smoky…it really is all up to you.  


As a little surprise this time I added in some grape jelly.  Ok now I know you might be questioning my thinking right now, but trust me it is a welcome addition.  It adds a sweet note but also a bit of a tang as it cooks down and combines with all the other flavors.  If you don’t have grape jelly on hand, you could also use apricot or peach, it will be a little more fruity but definitely delicious.  

8 servings

Slow Cooker BBQ Pork

Slow cooker pork tenderloin that is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner that is a little spicy and a little sweet all in the same bite

10 minPrep Time

8 hrCook Time

8 hr, 10 Total Time

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2 lbs pork tenderloin (or pork loin), trimmed
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 cups BBQ sauce
1 cup onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup chicken stock
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
4 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp grape jelly
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dried basil


Spray a large slow cooker with non stick spray
Lay pork onto a flat surface and sprinkle with chili powder, garlic powder, salt & pepper evenly on all sides
Place pork into slow cooker
In a medium bow whisk together remaining ingredients until well combined
Pour over pork in slow cooker
Cook on low for 7-8 hours, or on high 3-4 hours
Remove pork and shred with 2 forks
Return shredded meat to slow cooker and stir into sauce
Let cook on high for another 20-30 minutes, stirring often
Serve on buns, on a baked potato or on its own with your favorite BBQ sides


Each serving is 6 WW+ points:

Nutritional Info Calories 244 Calories from Fat 22 Total Fat 2.5g Saturated Fat 0.6g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 66mg Sodium 1216mg Potassium 527mg Total Carbohydrates 31.9g Dietary Fiber 0.9g Sugars 23.6g Protein 21.5g Vitamin A 11% - Vitamin C 3% - Calcium 2% - Iron 9% Nutrition Grade C

Serve it up!!

I served this pulled pork on toasted buns but it would be great with baked potatoes, on a salad or even on its own…I am craving it right now.

Do you have a busy week?  Are you missing summer already?  Let your slow cooker do all the work and transport yourself back to a backyard BBQ in no time with this slow cooker BBQ pork!!

Make everyday Sparkle – MJ

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