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Sweet Chili Pulled Pork Recipe

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The BEST Sweet Chili Pulled Pork Recipe #porkPulled Pork Tenderloin is the quickest way to satisfy a craving for southern pulled pork. This east-meets-west Sweet Chili Pulled Pork Recipe is a great take-along for all your spring and summer picnics. 

Sweet Chili Pulled Pork from "The Recipe Girl Cookbook" #bbq #pork #giveaway

When Lt. Dan and I first started dating, we were in college and both waited tables at popular restaurants. He happened to work at a barbecue joint down the street from our school that made the most amazing ribs and pulled pork.

I always looked forward to meeting up after work, for a few reasons.

One, he was (is) pretty cute.

Two, he would be saturated by the intoxicating aroma of “man” and “smoky meat” (They should bottle that scent.)

Three, he would sometimes bring me a pulled pork sandwich.

Easy Pulled Pork from "The Recipe Girl Cookbook" #bbq #pork #giveaway

Now we could ponder the complexities of romance and compatibility for hours, but I’m fairly certain his meaty perfume and pulled pork gifts were the reasons I fell in love with him.

Thankfully we were compatible as well.

Sweet Chili Pulled Pork Tenderloin from "The Recipe Girl Cookbook" #bbq #pork #giveaway

Pulled pork is one of my favorite dishes. It’s so versatile on sandwiches, in tacos, on salad, or simply piled high next to an ear of fresh buttered corn.

Today I’m sharing Lori Lange’s recipe for Sweet Chili Pulled Pork Recipe from her fabulous new book The Recipe Girl Cookbook, named after her popular recipe blog RecipeGirl.com.

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Lori’s Sweet Chili Pulled Pork Recipe is genius!

Instead of slow cooking pork butt for hours, she suggests poaching pork tenderloin in beer and vinegar for 1 hour, then shredding it and adding Thai Sweet Chili Sauce.

Easy Sweet Chili Pulled Pork from "The Recipe Girl Cookbook" #bbq #pork #giveaway

The results were astounding. This pulled pork tenderloin is tender and juicy with a spicy-sweet punch of Asian flavors.

I will definitely being making Lori’s Sweet Chili Pulled Pork Recipe again. Very soon!

Sweet Chili Pulled Pork from "The Recipe Girl Cookbook" #bbq #pork #giveaway
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Sweet Chili Pulled Pork Recipe

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
From Lori Lange's The Recipe Girl Cookbook.
Servings: 4


  • 1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin
  • 12 ounce bottle beer
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 5 cloves garlic (medium) peeled
  • 2 inch ginger piece peeled
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 3/4 cup Thai Sweet Chili Sauce


  • Cut the pork in half lengthwise and then cut it crosswise into 2 1/2-inch chunks.
  • In a medium saucepan, bring the ber vinegar, water, garlic, ginger, salt, black pepper, and red pepper to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the pork, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 1 hour, or until the pork is very tender.
  • Remove the pork from the liquid and transfer to a cutting board. Use two forks to shred the pork.
  • Using a slotted spoon, scoop out and discard the garlic and ginger. Add the shredded pork and chili sauce to the pan. Stir to combine.


Gluten-Free Adaptable: use 1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock in place of the beer. Substitute gluten-free sweet chili sauce.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 354kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 36g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 111mg, Sodium: 1735mg, Potassium: 721mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 23g, Vitamin A: 50IU, Vitamin C: 1.2mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 1.7mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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176 comments on “Sweet Chili Pulled Pork Recipe”

  1. I followed this recipe exactly, except I added star anise and cinnamon stick. Yet my pork loin pieces did not shred.

    I used organic Neiman Ranch pork loin. Very disappointed. Cutting into strips to make Thai rice noodles, pork, sweet bell pepper, oyster mushroom, Ming bean sprouts.

    I’m re-heating the sauce in hopes it will reduce. I believe this dish needs more fat in order for the pork to shred. I may try this again but I’ll dry rub & marinate the pork loin in olive oil overnight before poaching in beer, rice vinegar & spices. I will also slightly reduce the amount of poaching liquid ingredients.

  2. The Sweet Chili Pulled Pork was great. I made one change and used red pepper flakes. I served it with Naan bread and a sour cream, lime, cilantro sauce and thinly sliced cucumbers with some additional chopped cilantro on top. Delicious!

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  4. Delicious! I put it on a roll with some green chiles and Parmesan. Great weekend lunch!

  5. This was easy and delicious. I’m keeping it to make it again.

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  7. That looks delicious.

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  9. pulled pork sandwiches!

  10. On a bun – better version of a sloppy Joe. Though nearly as sloppy…

  11. I love pulled pork especially on a toasted bun!

  12. Mmmmm. . . pulled pork! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  13. Pulled pork is a favorite at my house. We use the Big Green Egg.

  14. We, here in the South love our bbq all ways! I especially like mine on a bun; sopping with my pops famous homemade vinegar based sauce!!

  15. In a bun!

  16. straight up!

  17. On a bun…yum!

  18. I like it on a bun or just straight up with a fork with bbq sauce on it :)

  19. My favorite way to eat pulled pork is on a toasted bun and topped with homemade coleslaw and cilantro. A close runner up is over a bed of pasta, topped with cheddar cheese and thinly diced red onions.

  20. I love pork sandwiches.

  21. I haven’t actually tried pulled pork because all of the recipes I’ve seen have BBQ sauce and I don’t like that in any way, shape for form. I’m kind of anxious to give this a try.

  22. Love how easy this recipe is and that it takes just 1 hour compared to most pulled pork recipes.

  23. With a fork…ok, ok, on a bun too, preferably toasted. Just love pulled pork.

  24. Pulled pork has got to be one of my favorite foods, this recipe looks mouth watering!

  25. On a bun!!!!

  26. Fun giveaway! My favorite way to eat pulled pork is with BBQ sauce on hawaiian bread!

  27. with a fork!

  28. I’m a vegetarian so I’ve never actually tried pulled pork lol

  29. the pulled pork tenderloin …looks fantastic!!!

  30. I love pulled pork on a bun with dill pickle slices!

  31. You always have such great recipes. Looking forward to trying this one!!

  32. i like to just eat it with a fork

  33. Great giveaway

  34. On a bun with some extra sauce and cole slaw.

    There are only 2 kinds of people in the world: those who have cole slaw on their pulled pork sandwiches; and those who don’t know the proper way to eat pulled pork sandwiches! :D

  35. with a bun topped with coleslaw

  36. We love pulled pork in a bun with cabbage for crunch.

  37. I love pulled pork with cole slaw.

  38. On a bun with coleslaw.

  39. On a big fat bun!

  40. my favorite way to eat pulled pork is N.C. style – on a bun with cole slaw on top and a couple pickles – a little mayo on the bun too!

  41. I thought the story about Lt. Dan was charming, didn’t know that about y’all. Heath from Pork Barrel BBQ did bottle that scent, they came up with Q – The Cologne. http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com/barbeque-cologne-que/

    No pulled pork here today but just finished eating some brisket that I smoked last night.

  42. I love it with cornbread!

  43. I love pulled pork tacos! Loaded with pico de gallo!

  44. With a fork!

  45. on a plate with coleslow on top old school southern girl here

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  47. I love it on a bun

  48. Definitely on a toasted bun!

  49. With vinegar and coleslaw on a bun!

  50. as cuban bread sandwich

  51. This sounds delicious. I ‘m going to try substituting a jar of my homemade sweet hot chili sauce for the Thai chili sauce.

  52. This pulled pork looks great! Love Lori’s book :)

  53. I’m not a big pulled pork fan, but this looks amazing. i want to try this at the next family get together.

  54. Can’t wait to try pulled pork with tenderloin!!

  55. It’s good on a potato.

  56. I like it on big crusty roll. :)

  57. Definitely on a bun, topped with a tangy mustard bbq sauce!

  58. I love eating pulled pork on potato buns. It’s one of my foodie weaknesses.

  59. This is a very interesting way to cook pork. I will definitely try this.

  60. Pulled pork on a homemade bun with coleslaw to add a bit of crunch.. the BEST!

  61. I love it on a bun or in a burrito

  62. I love pulled pork anything! This looks so good and congrats to Lori of Recipe Girl – can’t wait to see her book too. :)
    Btw, I agree, cute boy and delicious sandwich = irresistible!

  63. On a bun! Preferably outside…

  64. I love it in the South… what can I say? NC BBQ born and bred!

  65. I love pulled pork on a bun with slaw.

  66. I love pulled pork…especially on a toasted bun! Ryan and I make a very similar recipe to this, except we use our slow-cooker. It is so very good! Thank you for sharing!

  67. On a bun, definitely.

  68. On a toasted bun!

  69. At the lake with friends at a hog roast.

  70. I like it on cold slaw. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

  71. The best way to eat pulled pork is over cheddar cheese grits!

  72. With sturdy potato chips to scoop it up!

  73. In a tortilla.

  74. Pulled pork, what most people in the south loves!


  76. I love it by itself!

  77. I love to eat it with cole slaw on top, covered in a bun but sharing it with a large group of friends. It says party and summer to me.

  78. With barbecued slaw, on a bun with hushpuppies on the side! A favorite meal. Thanks.

  79. I love pulled pork on a toasted bun!

  80. On a bun!

  81. In a taco with lots of avocado and onions!

  82. I like my pulled pork on a bun. I sprinkle on a little hot sauce instead oh BBQ sauce.

  83. On a bun!

  84. On a bun with homemade coleslaw….I make mine slow cooked in the oven or smoker with homemade BBQ sauce, vinegar, lots of brown sugar and sweet BBQ sauce. A little bourbon doesn’t hurt either!

  85. Sound delicious. One of my family’s fav foods!

  86. My favorite way to eat pulled pork is definitely on a bun.

  87. On a really good bun!

  88. On a bun for sure!

  89. He knew how to win you over!

  90. Being a Texan, I prefer my pulled pork on a bun !!!!

  91. On a bun. My kids love pulled pork sandwiches,

  92. On a bun or with a fork with mashed potatoes.

  93. i like my pulled pork with some good BBQ sauce on a bun. Thank you for the giveaway and the post.

  94. I want to try to make this this weekend!!

  95. On a bun is the best :-)

  96. I like it on a bun

  97. with bbq sauce and a fork

  98. I read Lori’s blog and every recipe I’ve tried have been fantastic!

  99. I like pulled pork on a bun.

  100. Just fixed pulled pork sandwiches last week-end. Delish!!

  101. With black beans and rice YUM

  102. On a bun topped with coleslaw!

  103. On a bun!

  104. I love eating pulled pork on a bun.

  105. Always on a bun!

  106. i LOVE pulled pork sandwiches on a hoagie with a icy cold ale and a side of slaw

  107. With rice and beans or in a bun :)

  108. My favorite way to eat pulled pork is on a plate on top of leafy greens.

  109. That looks yummy! Pulled pork really has no equal!

  110. This vegetarian is not so much into the pork.. but the pictures do look incredible..

  111. I love to eat pulled pork on a bun as a sandwich : )

  112. I love pork and pulled pork blends the flavors so well! I love it on a plate, eaten with a fork, always! Thank you for the recipe, and the lovely prizes!

  113. oh…My favorite way to eat pull pork would be on the bun! :) Yours look scrumptious.

  114. Always on a bun!

  115. The best way to eat pulled pork is on a bun topped off with BBQ sauce and coleslaw (South Carolina coleslaw–with vinegar base not mayo)!

  116. This sounds delish; would love to have some on a bun.

  117. On a bun, love it.

  118. Pulled pork on my dish please. Maybe leftovers over mashed potatoes.

  119. On a bun!!!!

  120. Always start out on a bun and end up with a fork!

  121. looks good!!

  122. I like mine on a homemade pretzel bun with a thick slice of Jarlsberg!

  123. Definitely with a fork along with some sweet and tangy BBQ sauce. Pulled pork tamales sound great too!

  124. WIth a fork right out of the pot.

  125. I’ve been wanting her cookbook – what a GREAT giveaway…..THANKS!!

  126. In my mother-in-law’s homemade tamales! Yum!

  127. Definitely on a bun!! Yummy!

  128. Definitely on a bun!

  129. On a bun of course!

  130. I’m kindof obsessed with pulled pork. This looks awesome!

  131. I love pulled pork! I’m not usually one for chain restaurants, but I’ll eat VooDoo BBQ straight off of a fork anyday :D

  132. This looks so tender and tasty!

  133. On a bun for sure!

  134. My favorite is in between two slices of wonder bread (usually with a fork because I try to stuff too much onto my sandwich) and with sauce on the side for dipping. Mmmm..

  135. You can’t go wrong with pulled pork!

  136. I love pulled pork on a bun!

  137. I love scooping up pulled pork with satly potato chips!

  138. Ok, now I’m drooling! Looks. Delish and I can’t wait to try it as a taco!

  139. I love pulled pork! Your photos are amazing.

  140. This looks delicious!! I want it on a bun with everything!!!

  141. I start by eating a sandwich and then clean the plate with a fork

  142. It depends sometimes i eat it on a bun and other times just with a fork.

  143. I love pulled pork. This is a new recipe that I’ve never seen before. Will definitely have to try :)

  144. My favorite way to eat pulled pork is on a bun!

  145. On a toasty bun.

  146. mmmm pulled pork on a toasted hoggie is the best!! Looks great!!

  147. pulled pork sandwiches are one of my favorite meals! And yours looks ah-mazing!

  148. I love the flavors here, Sommer! Great review.

  149. On a bun for sure

  150. what a great recipe. I will def be trying out that method.

  151. I’m sorry, and please don’t take this rudely, but why would you use an expensive and delicious cut of meat and turn it into a pulled pork recipe? As a culinary professional I am confused.

    • Hi Kelli,

      This method is the best way to make a smaller amount of pulled pork in a shorter amount of time–sometimes I don’t need 5 pounds of pulled pork lingering in the fridge. Pulled pork tenderloin is also healthier and just a fantastic of as traditional pulled pork :)

  152. This was the best story… And it reminds me of Tom. Haha!! Love that meaty man smell. Any boy who brings me a pulled pork sammich is a keeper. Just like his older brother.

  153. Love over a pulled pork sandwich. :) I love it!

    This pulled pork looks absolutely amazing!!

  154. For me, the best way to eat pulled pork is definitely with a bun- preferably a pretzel bun because those things are freaking addictive!

  155. On a bun with EVERYTHING on top

  156. Yum! Pulled pork makes me happy!

  157. pick me for the win!

  158. On a bun is the best to me.

  159. I’m a cross between with a bun and a fork, just depends on my mood. That’s hilarious about the “man smell!” Maybe I should hang around some BBQ places more often!

  160. I love pulled pork on tortillas.

  161. The pulled pork wonderful! I’m imagining it on a toasted roll. Yum!

  162. On on bun or a baked potato for me – pulled pork is seriously delicious!

  163. Looks so yummy! This is yet another must try!

  164. Its nice to have a pulled pork recipe using tenderloin or loin cuts. I would have it on a bun with slaw! yummm

  165. What an unusual recipe! I’m sure it’s delicious!

  166. when i’m watching my weight, which seems to be always, i eat is straight up without a roll, but a toasted hoagie roll is the best.

  167. I’m a fork girl! We have made pulled pork several times. By the time the meal starts (and the bun arrives), I’m already full!

  168. Loved reading the story of you and Lt. Dan in your college days. Such a nice post to help Lori promote her cookbook! I Adore easy dinner recipes. xo