Slow cooker pineapple pulled pork recipe that can be served in tacos or on a bun for a burger.  As a bonus, it is served with a delicious, homemade pineapple BBQ sauce!

A collection of slow cooker pork tacos on a wooden slab ready to eat for lunch.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe

You don’t have to heat up your kitchen with this recipe.

This slow cooker pineapple pulled pork recipe will make your life a breeze!!

One of the things I dread about the summertime is how hot our Texas kitchen gets when I turn on the oven.  I find myself using our retro toaster oven and slow cooker so much more.

No A/C = Crock Pot Pineapple Pulled Pork!

For the first 3 years of our marriage, we lived in old houses with A/C window units.

You can imagine how hot it got!!  Even now in our new, 2008-built house the central A/C just can’t keep up with how toasty it gets when the oven is turned on and it’s 95+ degrees outside.

Instead, I tend to eat a little healthier (not as much cookie and cake-baking!) and make more meals in our Crock Pot.

Tacos made with a pork tacos recipe on a table with pulled pork on the side.

Pulled Pork Tacos in ATX

Living in Austin, TX we are alllll about the tacos.  Al pastor, migas, steak and chicken… you name it, we love it!

These slow cooker pineapple pulled pork tacos are a little sweet and a little savory for the perfect flavor combo.

After cooking the pork in the slow cooker, a quick pineapple barbecue sauce is whipped up in a blender or food processor.

This sauce gives these tacos the extra WOW! factor.

Top them with your crumbled cheese of choice (goat cheese, feta, queso fresco…) some green onions and cilantro and you have yourself some food truck-worthy tacos.

Two gluten-free pulled pork tacos with a lime on the side for a healthy dinner.

Don’t have a Crock-Pot yet?

Slow cookers are an extremely affordable kitchen appliance that are well worth the space they take up in your kitchen.  They come in various sizes, but I would highly encourage you to get at least a 6-QT Crock-Pot.  This will give you plenty of room to make big batches of soup, stew or even queso dip for a party.

Not wanting to clean up a mess?

Sometimes your slow cooker can be a bit of a hassle to clean-up.  If you want to save even more time, these Slow Cooker Liners can be thrown away after use.

This recipe makes A LOT of pineapple pulled pork.  It will feed about 8 people ~2 tacos each, so it is perfect for feeding a small crowd.  

And if you like this recipe, you’ll probably like this Slow Cooker Pork Roast, too!

Gluten-free Pineapple Pulled Pork Tacos made in the slow cooker ready to serve for dinner.

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Pineapple Pulled Pork Tacos (Slow Cooker Recipe)

Slow cooker pineapple pulled pork recipe that can be served in tacos or on a bun for a burger. As a bonus, it is served with a delicious, homemade pineapple BBQ sauce!
Yield 8 servings
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 6 hours
Total 6 hours 15 minutes
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  • 2 ½ lbs. pork tenderloin
  • 28 oz. canned pineapple chunks with juice
  • ¼ cup soy sauce , gluten free
  • 2 Tbsp. apricot preserves
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. pepper

Pineapple BBQ Sauce:

  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • ¾ cup reserved pineapple chunks
  • 3 Tbsp. apricot preserves peach or orange
  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice freshly squeezed

For the Tacos:


  • Place pork tenderloins in a 6-quart Crock-Pot or slow cooker.
  • Combine pineapple juice from can, soy sauce, preserves, garlic powder and pepper in a medium-sized bowl and whisk to combine. Pour over pork tenderloins and add all except ¾ cup of pineapple chunks. (You will reserve these pineapples for the pineapple sauce.)
  • Set slow cooker to Low for 6-8 hours, or high for 4-6 hours. During the last 30 minutes shred pork and let cook for the remaining time.

For the Pineapple BBQ Sauce:

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. If you like your BBQ sauce hot, heat it up in a small saucepan before serving.
  • Drain excess liquid from the shredded pork in the slow cooker and serve pork in corn tortillas with cilantro, goat cheese, green onions and pineapple sauce. Enjoy!
Last step! If you make this, please leave a review letting us know how it was!

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4.27 from 64 votes


*Serving size is for 2 tacos with corn tortillas.


Calories: 490kcal, Carbohydrates: 56g, Protein: 39g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 105mg, Sodium: 826mg, Potassium: 870mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin A: 475IU, Vitamin C: 12.2mg, Calcium: 113mg, Iron: 3.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    Husband said they were phenomenal! I’ve been hanging onto this recipe for a long time and I can’t believe how good they are! We will definitely be making these again.

    1. Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Kaci! It’s always great when husbands love it. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment and rating!

    1. Hi Stacey! I haven’t personally tried cooking this in my Instant Pot, but I would guess that you could keep the liquid the same and cook at high pressure for 30-40 minutes. You could cook it even faster if you cut the tenderloin into 2-inch chunks. Let me know how it goes!