Sweet and Spicy Pulled Pork

This weekend I turned this 5 lb ham cut of wild hog…

…into a wonderful pulled pork with pineapple.

Yep. Pineapple.


Here’s the breakdown…


  • 5 lb cut of pork (shoulder or boston butt more commonly used but Don said our ‘ham’ from the wild hog would do nicely as well)
  • McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Chicken Seasoning
  • 1/2 fresh pineapple
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp chili garlic paste
  • BBQ sauce – we are partial to Stubbs Spicy

My Method

  1. Rub the meat with the grill mates seasoning, give it a good thorough coating.
  2. Grill on medium heat for about 15 minutes on each side, until you get a good sear on each side.
  3. Cut up your pineapple and put about half the pineapple in your handy-dandy crock pot.
  4. Add the white wine to the crock pot.
  5. When the meat is done grilling, add to crock pot. Cook on high for 5-6 hours. Turn the meat a few times to give both sides a chance to be submerged in the juices.
  6. At about the 5 or 6 hour mark, cut up your onion and add to the pot.
  7. At about 7 hours, the meat should be falling off the bone (if you have any.) Remove bones and pull meat apart. Some like to remove the meat and cut or pull on a cutting board and then add back to the pot. I just pulled it using a fork and tongs right in the pot.
  8. When meat is fully pulled and mixed well with the juice and pineapple, add the chili powder, garlic paste, and BBQ sauce. Mix well. Continue to cook on low until ready to serve. Or, if like me, you are making it in advance for meals later in the week, you can turn it off and store it at any point. The longer you let it cook, the more the flavors will combine.

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  1. Oh goodness…that sounds divine! Do you know where I can get chili garlic paste? This will definitely be a dinner next week! Thanks chica!


    1. Well, the first time we got it, we were in Texas visiting family and shopping at HEB together. After returning home, I scoured the regular grocery stores in my area (Walmart, Albertsons, Market Basket) with no luck. Luckily, we have one Oriental grocery store here and that’s where I buy it. It’s available on Amazon if you find that no one in your area carries it. You can also probably make do with just garlic, maybe more chili powder, and crushed red pepper flakes as a substitute.


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