Pulled Pork Recipe – Chipotle Citrus Braised Pork

This pulled pork recipe is by far my favorite of all of the recipes I have on this site because of the combination of flavors created by all the spices, chipotles and citrus.

Chipotles are smoked jalapeño peppers that are canned in a tomato sauce called adobo. They add a beautiful spicy and smoky flavor to foods. They are packed with their seeds so they can be quite hot. The amount of chipotles that you choose to use will depend on how much heat you like to eat.

You can make this pulled pork recipe in the oven or in a slow cooker. Once it is done smother it in bbq sauce for a final delightful touch. Serve it on a roll with a dill pickle and you will have perfection on a plate.

Here is what you are going to need for this exquisite pulled pork recipe:

Serves eight
1 – 5 pound pork butt
1 medium onion – finely chopped
2 garlic cloves – finely minced
4 chipotle peppers in their adobo – chopped
1 TBS cumin
1 tsp. paprika
1 TBS chili powder
½ tsp. cayenne
¾ cup cider vinegar
¾ cup ketchup
½ cup mustard
1 TBS oregano
2 TBS brown sugar
2 cups tangerine or orange juice
2 peels – white lining removed
Olive oil
Salt & Pepper

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Heat a braising pan with some oil.

Trim the excess fat off the pork. Season generously with salt and pepper. Place in the hot pan and brown evenly on all sides. Set aside.

Add a little more oil to the pan. Add the onion and cook for 6 to 7 minutes until translucent and softened. Scrape the bottom of the pan to get all the brown bits. Add the garlic, chipotle, cumin, paprika, chili powder and cayenne. Mix well and cook for a couple of minutes until fragrant.

Add the vinegar, ketchup, mustard, oregano, brown sugar and citrus juice. Mix well. Return the pork to the pan. Add the citrus peels. Bring pot to a boil, cover and place in oven.

Braise pork for 4 hours. Remove from oven and allow sitting for a few minutes. Cool down and shred.

Place some shredded pork in a skillet with some BBQ sauce. Heat through and place inside a sandwich roll. Top with sliced pickles and serve. Enjoy!

Print the Chipotle Citrus Braised Recipe Here

My name is Mary Ann Allen and I am here to help you get organized so you can save money on groceries and feed your family healthy, nutritious food. My multi-cultural cooking background comes from being born in the US and raised in Bolivia. I have 5 kids and own around 400 cook books. I absolutely love to cook!


  • November 8, 2011

    Peter Allen

    I want this right now. It looks SOOOOOO good.

  • June 6, 2012

    Michelle Herrera

    What type of pan are you braising and sauteeing in? I’d like to get one. Is that a dutch oven?
    Thank you, love your recipes!

  • June 10, 2012


    Hi Michelle!
    Yes that is a Dutch oven. It is a Le Crueset. I really appreciate you stopping by! Have a great week!
    Mary Ann

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