Simple Mexican Beer Pulled Pork

If you’ve had enough of standing over a hot stove in the last couple of weeks, then try this recipe using your slow cooker. It really is simple. Plus it contains beer – bonus!

The ingredients in this dish give a great flavour to the pork and make it very tender. It is the first time that I have shredded meat in this way and slow cooking allows you to use a cheaper cut. If you have kids in the family, this would be an interesting change to everyday dinners.

I used a huge piece of pork shoulder (off the bone) to make enough food for at least 8 people. My slow cooker is 6 litres/quarts, so it takes this amount quite easily. If your slow cooker is a little smaller then adjust the size of the meat and reduce the liquid accordingly.

I served this with flour tortillas, but it would also be good with bread rolls or baked again into enchiladas. Tacos might be a little more difficult to eat, as there is quite a good amount of sauce!

Ingredients – serves 8:

  • approx 2kg/4 lbs pork shoulder, off the bone (remove any netting or string)
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup lager or light beer
  • 1/3 cup smokey BBQ sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Mexican chilli powder, plus extra to serve
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chilli flakes (or more, to taste)
  • flour tortillas, sour cream and guacamole, to serve


  • Heat a large frying pan over a medium/high heat and brown the pork on all sides. Place into your slow cooker.
  • Fry the onions for about 5 minutes until softened and just starting to turn golden. Place into the slow cooker.
  • Pour the beer into the frying pan to de-glaze, then stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to the boil, then carefully tip into the slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 9-10 hours.
  • Remove any excess fat from the pork, (if you have a rind then you can grill this at a later time to make crackling), then use two forks to shred the meat back into the sauce.
  • Once shredded, cook for another 30 minutes on high.
  • Serve with tortillas and accompaniments.
  • Enjoy!

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6 Responses to Simple Mexican Beer Pulled Pork

  1. Oh that sounds delicious. One more reason to get a slow cooker with a HK power source. I used to use mine so much when living back in the States, but had to give it away due to moving to Asia. Maybe time to reinvest in one.

  2. You should get one. I am always amazed at how much food comes out of mine each time I use it – I’m sure your boys would be happy!

  3. You’ve certainly got my mouth watering, that looks divine. Pulled pork always gives me goosebumps 😀

  4. Averil Gomes says:

    Yum! Yum! and more Yum!

  5. that looks and sounds amazing. I really need to get hold of a slow cooker because I think I’m missing out!

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