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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pacific Pineapple Pulled Pork {Slow Cooker}

This pulled pork is a little bit teriyaki and a little bit char siu and all flavor! It is great on a sandwich and perfect over rice. Throw it in your slow cooker and dinner will be ready when you are!

bowl of shredded pork with pineapple, ready to be made into sandwiches

     I'm sure by now you know all about our love affair with pulled pork. It's just such an easy way to feed a crowd! Of course it doesn't hurt that my amateur pit master brother lives across the street and is usually happy to throw an extra pork butt on for us when he fires up the smoker.

      He isn't always firing up the smoker though and it's definitely a labor of love to slow smoke food, so I hate to ask him too frequently. Besides, it's fun to switch it up sometimes.

    We've done pork braised in beer, or balsamic and rosemary pork. We've had carnitas,  and even an apple cider pulled pork.  Each was delicious, but I wanted to try a different flavor profile this time.

sandwich made from homemade roll and slow cooked pineapple pulled pork

     So I  went to my other current obsession, pineapple and went from there.  This warm weather has got be so pie eyed for pineapple.

   I'd happily find a way to put it into everything. I was actually tempted to make pineapple the theme of our Easter party this year and put it in everything.

    Luckily for our guests, I ended up with a bit more variety. I did put it in some delicious pineapple sweet rolls though. You have got to give those bad boys a try!

     Back to this recipe, I thought my two loves would work really nicely together. Then I added in some of the flavors from char siu to round it out.

   A bit if Chinese 5 spice, some soy sauce, sesame oil and garlic. You know, all of the good stuff! It made for a great flavor profile!

     I served it on homemade Sweet Hawaiian Rolls for a real treat. The leftovers were great on rice as well.

   I even made a pizza out of a bit with a spicy pineapple sauce and some habanero cheese. We put it on the grill for a really fun experimental pizza!

pineapple pulled pork served on top of a bed of rice

     While typing this I just had a fun new idea I want to try for pulled pork. When's the next party?! In the meantime, what are your favorite pulled pork recipes?

crock pot pulled pork, tropical pulled pork, 5 spice pulled pork
Yield: 16 servings

Pacific Pineapple Pulled Pork {Slow Cooker}

Pacific Pineapple Pulled Pork {Slow Cooker}

This pulled pork is a little bit teriyaki and a little bit char siu and all flavor! It is great on a sandwich and perfect over rice. Throw it in your slow cooker and dinner will be ready when you are!
prep time: 30 Mcook time: 8 hourtotal time: 8 H & 30 M


  • 20 oz can crushed pineapple
  • 4 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 large pork butt
  • 2-3 Tablespoons vegetable oil (optional)
  • salt and pepper


How to cook Pacific Pineapple Pulled Pork {Slow Cooker}

  1. Optional, but encouraged: Cut the pork butt into large fist sized chunks. Heat the vegetable oil over medium high heat and brown the pork on all sides.
  2. Stir together remaining ingredients in a large slow cooker. Place pork into the sauce. 
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4-6. 
  4. You can shred the pork and shred it at this point if you'd like, but I prefer to defat the liquid in a fat separator if serving the same day or by placing it in the refrigerator if making it ahead of time. 
  5. To serve, pull the pork with a couple of forks. Add enough cooking liquid back in to reach your desired level of "juiciness."


If you would like the juice to stick to the meat a bit more, stir in a couple of tsp of cornstarch dissolved in a little bit of cold water the defatted liquid. Bring to a simmer until thickened then add to the pork.
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This flavorful pulled pork is full of flavor and made in the slow cooker!


  1. My whole family loves a perfectly smoked pulled pork (KC or Pops made). Most like it topped with a creamy coleslaw. And according to KC you must offer Blues Hogs original BBQ sauce on the side.

  2. I know you make the best pulled pork ever so I am all about this. How I love the sweetness from the pineapple!!! I think this may be on the agenda for this weekend, perfect for Memorial day feasts!!

    1. You'll have to let me know what you think if you try it! I knew you'd love the pineapple!

  3. Whoa! Carlee, this sounds AWESOME! Love the use of pineapple, and this recipe is so perfect for this time of year!

    1. Thanks, Kelsie! I actually did two giant pork butts like this for our Easter party this year. I had two slow cookers filled with the stuff and didn't have much left after it was all said and done! Luckily I had enough to make a fun pizza and serve some over rice, both of which were delicious too!

  4. What a mouthwatering combo, Carlee! I never thought I liked pineapple until I was an adult, now I love it. I'm putting this on my inspiration list! Yum!

    1. There are a few things I didn't like as a kid that I do now. I think I've always liked pineapple though. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

  5. Hi Carlee, pulled pork is something I keep meaning to make, but have never quite got there yet. I do fancy the sweetness of the pineapple with the pork in this recipe. I'll have to see if I can knock up some five spice as I've not seen it here!


    1. You definitely should do it sometime. It is a great way to easily feed a crowd. It is also usually an inexpensive cut of meat to buy. At least it is here. Is pork an inexpensive meat there?

  6. I'm giving your 4 P's another P - Perfect! Pork and pineapple are match made in heaven!

  7. Oh yeah... This sounds like a winner for sure! Hmmm.. I think I have a Pork Butt in the freezer too. Need to go check on that asap!

    1. Thank you! I used up my pork butt stash... now I need to stock up next time I see them on sale!

  8. Your Pulled Pork looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday! Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon.
    Miz Helen

    1. Thank you so much, we really love this flavor variation!


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