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Ninja Foodi pulled pork

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We love a nice slow cooker dinner. It’s a really easy way to prepare dinner for my family, with minimal time in the mornings, and know that at the end of a long day that we have something delicious waiting for us at home. This Ninja Foodi pulled pork makes use of the slow cooker function, but you can absolutely use the pressure cooker setting as well – see near the end of this post for tips.

This recipe uses boneless pork leg or boneless pork shoulder. This is one of the cheaper pork cuts and works great for a tasty, delicious and frugal pulled pork.

The first time I made pulled pork, almost 10 years ago, it was just £2.99 a kilo. It is around £5 a kilo now, which still makes it great for feeding a crowd on a tighter budget.

Two brioche buns filled with BBQ Ninja Foodi pulled pork and coleslaw

Ingredients for Ninja Foodi pulled pork

  • 1.5kg pork leg (remove the fat and reserve this for pork crackling if you like)
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic granules (or 3 cloves if you have fresh)
  • 1/2 tsp onion granules
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 
  • 1 tsp chilli powder 
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 onion 
  • 1 pint of stock
  • 300ml barbecue sauce – shop bought or homemade both work great
A Ninja Foodi OL750UK multi-cooker on a kitchen worktop.

Method for making Ninja Foodi pulled pork:

Slice the onion and place into the bottom of your Ninja Foodi cooking pot.

Mix together all of the ingredients (except for the pork, stock and barbecue sauce).

Rub the mix over the pork.

Fill the Ninja Foodi cooking pot with the stock. If your pork is higher than the stock you’ll need to turn it a couple of times during cooking. I always find that the Ninja Foodi liquid evaporates on slow cooker a little, which is unusual for slow cooking, so allow for this if you don’t want to turn it through the day.

Cook using the slow cooker function for 4 hours on hit and then turn down to low for 8 hours. Alternatively you can just leave it on high for 6 hours or low for 12-16 hours.

Once the pork is cooked reserve the liquid for a tasty stock in the future.

Shred the pulled pork, add a splash of the tasty stock and then add your barbecue sauce.

Mix well, serve (see below for serving suggestions).

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Personally I like to use the leftover pork fat and make a tasty pork crackling – which my husband loves! I’m not a fan myself but he always says how tasty it is.

Can you use pork leg for pulled pork? Will you get a nice pulled pork from a leg joint? 

Absolutely you can! This pulled pork was made using this exact cut. It is a great frugal cut and works so well for low and slow cooking. Or even pressure cooking.

Boneless pork shoulder is my favourite and it is pretty cheap too compared to loin. It works great for this recipe and shreds beautifully.

What is the safe internal temperature for pulled pork? 

I always make sure that I use a food thermometer when cooking meat, and aim for at least 71C (160F approx) at a minimum. As this has been slow cooking all day it’ll be cooked safely, but avoid opening the lid frequently as this will take quite a bit of time to recover from when slow cooking.

Pulled pork, chicken kebabs, grilled ham and cheese and pizza bagels cooked in the Ninja air fryer.

Want some lovely sides to serve with Ninja Foodi pulled pork?

ALL of the slow cooker recipes on this website have been cooked using a Ninja Foodi OL750UK, or the previous model, but you can use ANY slow cooker, as timings should be very similar.

While you’re here why not check out my favourite Ninja Foodi accessories?

Ninja Kebab Stand, Ninja sling, Ninja mini muffin tray

What sauces can you use to make Ninja Foodi pulled pork? 

If barbecue sauce isn’t your thing, or the herbs and spices mentioned here, then you can use other liquids to cook your pulled pork.

Coke, Diet Coke, Pepsi Max, Dr Pepper, Apple Juice, Jack Daniels, onion gravy or even orange juice all work well. I also love to make dry rubs, such as peri peri seasoning or this cajun dry rub, as these are super simple to mix together with herbs and spices from my pantry.

Make sure that the pork is either fully submerged or it is rotated frequently during the cooking process.

How to make BBQ pulled pork in the Ninja Foodi:

Ninja Foodi pulled pork

A delicious barbecue pulled pork made in the Ninja Foodi using the slow cooker setting.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Barbecue
Keyword BBQ, Ninja Foodi, pork
Servings 6 servings
Calories 593 kcal
Author Katykicker

Ingredients

  • 1.5 kg pork leg remove the fat and reserve this for pork crackling if you like
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic granules or 3 cloves if you have fresh
  • 1/2 tsp onion granules
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 onion
  • 1 pint of stock
  • 300 ml barbecue sauce – shop bought or homemade both work great

Instructions

  1. Slice the onion and place into the bottom of your Ninja Foodi cooking pot.
  2. Mix together all of the ingredients (except for the pork, stock and barbecue sauce).
  3. Rub the mix over the pork.
  4. Fill the Ninja Foodi cooking pot with the stock. If your pork is higher than the stock you’ll need to turn it a couple of times during cooking. I always find that the Ninja Foodi liquid evaporates on slow cooker a little, which is unusual for slow cooking, so allow for this if you don’t want to turn it through the day.
  5. Cook using the slow cooker function for 4 hours on hit and then turn down to low for 8 hours. Alternatively you can just leave it on high for 6 hours or low for 12-16 hours.
  6. Once the pork is cooked reserve the liquid for a tasty stock in the future.
  7. Shred the pulled pork, add a splash of the tasty stock and then add your barbecue sauce.
  8. Mix well and then serve with your favourite sides. (See above for suggestions)

Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.

Ninja Foodi roast beef, sliced, in a Pyrex glass baking dish. The beef sits in its own stock.

Want to pressure cook this in your Ninja instead?

Follow the above ingredients and use at least 400ml of stock to allow for plenty of liquid for pressure cooking.

I also cut the pork into 3-4 pieces, just to ensure that it cooks evenly.

Pressure cook for around 50 minutes, let the pressure release naturally and then add the barbecue sauce and shred and serve.

Personally I love slow cooking for the convenience but this gives you tender and tasty pulled pork too.

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Two brioche buns filled with BBQ Ninja Foodi pulled pork and coleslaw
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