Island Pumpkin Pulled Pork

2 1/4 lb boneless pork roast
1 onion, quartered
4 cloves garlic
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup unfiltered apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup dark spiced rum
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon pepper sherry
2 jalapenos
1 1/2 inch knob fresh ginger, peeled
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon allspice
freshly ground black pepper

Place all ingredients (EXCEPT THE PORK!) into a blender and pulse until smooth. Pour over the pork in a marinating container or resealable bag. Refrigerate overnight. The next morning, pour everything into a four or two quart slow cooker. Cook on low 8-10 hours. Shred the pork with two forks in the slow cooker. Toss to evenly distribute the sauce. Serve on rolls.

My thoughts:

I had some pumpkin leftover from making cookies and I was worried it would go bad before I had a chance to use it but then I had the idea to add it to the pulled pork I planned on making. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, I’ve made a lot of pulled pork before but never with pumpkin. But it sounded tasty (and seasonal) so I thought it was worth the risk. I went sort of Jamaican inspired with the rest of the seasonings because I didn’t want the pork to be sweet, which I think a lot of pumpkin recipes end up being. Which is a shame because pumpkin is wonderful when given the savory treatment. I ended up loving the combination. It had a small kick to it but mostly the seasonings brought out the earthiness of the pumpkin. I liked the technique I used for this recipe too, pureeing the sauce the night before means little to no chopping required, zero work in the morning and the flavor really penetrated the pork. Win-win.

My husband not only ate seconds of the pork, he made immediate plans to bring leftovers to work with him today. If that isn’t an endorsement  I don’t know what is!


  1. As Rachel's husband, I endorse this pork!

  2. I just happen to have leftover pumpkin in my fridge! I know what I'll be making for dinner tomorrow 🙂

  3. This looks great! And I'm cracking up at the thought of someone accidentally puréeing the pork with the sauce ingredients haha!

  4. I know!! You'd be surprised at some of the emails along those lines I've received over the years.