Slow Cooker Sweet Pork Barbacoa Recipe

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Dawn Woods Modified: March 21, 2022
Slow Cooker Sweet Pork Barbacoa Recipe

How To Make Slow Cooker Sweet Pork Barbacoa

This pork barbacoa is a sweet pork dish that’s cooked with tomato paste, chicken broth, and various herbs and spices in a slow cooker until tender.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 8 hours
Rest Time: 3 hours
Total: 11 hours 15 minutes



  • 3lbspork shoulder,aka Boston Butt Roast
  • ¾cuppacked light brown sugar,or more to taste for a sweeter pork if desired
  • tspchili powder
  • 1tsppaprika
  • 1tsponion powder
  • ½tspgarlic powder
  • ¾tspsalt,or to taste
  • ¼tspfreshly ground black pepper
  • 2cupslow-sodium chicken broth
  • tbsptomato paste


  1. Place pork roast in a slow cooker. In a mixing bowl whisk together light-brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

  2. Add in chicken broth and tomato paste and whisk mixture until well blended. Pour chicken broth mixture over pork roast in slow cooker. Cover slow cooker with lid, cook on Low heat for 7 to 8 hours.

  3. Remove roast from slow cooker, remove fat from roast and shred. Ladle out some of the fat (the shiny orange layer of liquid) from the top of the broth in the slow cooker and discard.

  4. Return shredded roast to slow cooker and allow to rest on warm heat for 1 to 3 hours. Strain broth. Serve inside tacos, enchiladas or burritos or serve over nachos, salads or tostadas.


  • Calories: 496.90kcal
  • Fat: 31.14g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.75g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 13.82g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.44g
  • Carbohydrates: 22.52g
  • Fiber: 0.60g
  • Sugar: 20.57g
  • Protein: 30.80g
  • Cholesterol: 120.77mg
  • Sodium: 400.79mg
  • Calcium: 51.31mg
  • Potassium: 652.42mg
  • Iron: 2.39mg
  • Vitamin A: 25.30µg
  • Vitamin C: 1.93mg
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