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Spicy Pulled Pork

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 10 minutes


  • 2 pound bone-in pork butt
  • 1 bottle brown ale or bock beer 12 ounces, Newcastle works
  • 1 cup sweet BBQ sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper divided
  • 2 teaspoons cumin divided
  • 2 teaspoons salt divided
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper divided


  • Using a fork, poke the pork butt on all sides, creating a small amount of holes around the meat. Place the pork butt in the slow cooker.
  • Add the brown ale to the slow cooker, along with a teaspoon of each of the spices (cayenne, cumin, salt, and black pepper).
  • Cover the slow cooker, then turn it on low for approximately 5 to 6 hours. The meat should be tender when done. 
  • Remove the liquid from the slow cooker, keeping one cup of the liquid to the side for later use.
  • Pull the pork using two forks, shredding it completely.
  • Add the sweet BBQ sauce, the cup of liquid, and the remaining cumin, salt, and black pepper. Stir to combine. Taste for spiciness - if more spiciness is desired, add the second teaspoon of cayenne and stir to combine.
  • Cover again and cook on low for 20 to 30 minutes. Serve on buns or simply on a plate with sides.


If the BBQ sauce is already spicy, you can opt for paprika powder instead of cayenne pepper powder in the recipe.