Easy Pulled Pork

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Easy Pulled Pork made in the oven (no smoker needed!) with a delicious homemade rub that tastes like it came from your favorite bbq restaurant. This’ll be the hit of the summer season!

Just like with the immediately popular BBQ Pulled Chicken, you can serve this summer favorite with KFC Coleslaw (Copycat)Three Bean Salad and Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese for the easiest and most delicious summer cookout meal made indoors!

Easy Pulled Pork Sandwich  Pulled Pork Recipe

Pulled pork doesn’t have to be a daunting recipe or something you go to your local bbq stop for. This pulled pork recipe is made IN THE OVEN and it tastes like it sat outside in the smoker all day.

There’s just two catches to this recipe (there has to be a catch with such big promises right?). I need you to let this seasoned pork sit in your fridge overnight. Let all the flavors come together in a way that will leave you with the most seasoned pork ever.

Second, please, please, please sear off the pork. The added crispness to the crust you’ll get is worth the tiny bit of smokiness you’ll end up with int he kitchen when you’re searing all the sides. Keep the ventilation on above the stovetop, there is cayenne in this recipe so the air may be a bit spicy.

Pulled Pork with Barbecue Sauce

Crock Pot Pulled Pork Recipe:

This recipe can be easily made in the slow cooker as well. Follow the recipe instructions completely through the searing stage. Once you’ve seared the pork add the foil to the bottom of your slow cooker and lay the pork on top of that. Cook the pork on low for 10-12 hours with no additional liquid added. Sometimes if I find the cut of pork is too big for the slow cooker and too much liquid is being released into the slow cooker I will drain some of the liquid about 6-7 hours into the cook time.

Want to top your sandwich with barbecue sauce? I highly recommend the sauce in this Tony Roma’s Original BBQ Sauce because it’s the best bbq ever.

The Perfect Pulled Pork Sandwich Recipe:

  • Start with a brioche bun (extra points if you butter it and toast it.
  • Top with a healthy amount of pulled pork.
  • Add a bit of bbq sauce over the pork (optional)
  • Put about 1/4 cup of Easy Cole Slaw on top of the pork.
  • If skipping slaw you can also top with pickled red onions.
  • Want spice? Add some jalapenos. My FAVORITE are these candied jalapenos or spicy bread and butter pickles.

What kind of meat do you use for pulled pork?

Classically bbq experts will use a whole shoulder which is made up of both the boston butt cut of meat and the pork shoulder cut. You’re looking for either one, about five pounds or so. Bone in will always provide better flavor and cost significantly less.

Perfect Pulled Pork Recipe

Can you use a pork loin to make pulled pork?

Using pork loin is certainly a healthier choice, one that’s also quite delicious. Pork loins are better suited for recipes where the pork is sliced and tender such as Ultimate Garlic Pork Loin RoastSlow Cooker Honey Apple Pork Loin, Slow Cooker Bacon Garlic Pork Loin and Brown Sugar Garlic Pork with Carrots & Potatoes,

What can you make with pulled pork?

  • Add it to a salad (leave it cold) with corn, black beans, cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce and top with honey mustard and bbq sauce.
  • Add it to a baked potato and top with Crispy Thin Onion Rings, bbq sauce and cheddar cheese
  • Make it into a bbq pork quesadilla with some thinly sliced red onion and cheddar cheese.
  • Top it on nachos with cheddar cheese sauce, ranch, jalapeno rings, and chopped tomatoes.
  • Make it into tacos with finely shredded cabbage, pico de gallo and ranch dressing.

More fun Easy Summer BBQ Recipes:

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Pulled Pork Recipe

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  • Yield: 15 Servings
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: American
Easy Pulled Pork made in the oven (no smoker needed!) with a delicious homemade rub that tastes like it came from your favorite bbq restaurant. This'll be the hit of the summer season!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup salt *
  • 1/4 cup coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup sweet paprika
  • 1/3 cup smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 5 pounds pork shoulder
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Mix everything but the pork shoulder and the oil together in a large metal bowl.
  2. Add in the pork shoulder and roll it in the seasoning well, packing on all the seasoning as best as you can.
  3. Wrap the top with saran wrap and refrigerate overnight (optional but very highly recommended).
  4. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  5. Using a large dutch oven add the canola oil over medium high heat.
  6. Brown the pork on all sides then turn off the stovetop.
  7. Add in a small rack under the pork into the dutch oven (in the absence of this use foil).

  8. Place the pork on top then cover.
  9. Cook for 3-3 1/2 hours (if the meat is longer rather than thicker 3 should be long enough).
  10. Shred before serving.
  11. If you want to keep the juices, skim the fat off then pour over the pork before serving.

Recipe Notes

* I use smoked salt and it’s inexpensive and DELICIOUS!

Nutrition Information

Yield: 15 Servings, Amount per serving: 435 calories, Serving Size: 4 , Calories: 435g

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      1. Being from the South you know we love BBQ.This sounds absolutely fabulous! I am going to our last little meat market here and shall get a pork shoulder just for this.When I try it I will share a pic of this awesome sounding pork.You know we do pride ourselves in pork bar b que in North Carolina.Maybe some hush puppies to go with this and some homemade slaw and I am a happy camper.

  1. You can make pulled pork in crock pot & not have to heat up your house in the summer. All you need is pork butt, 2 oranges & an 18ozof your favorite bbq sauce.
    Set Crock pot to low. Squeeze 2 fresh oranges. Place the pork butt fat side up on top of squeezed juice. Pour the 18 oz bbq sauce on top of butt. Cover & let cook for 8-10 hrs. Once done pull off & discard fat cap & bones. Shredd pork butt. Enjoy on hamburger buns, nachos or even taco shells

    1. I’m not sure about you, Martin, but I find crock pot pulled pork much different than pulled pork. There’s a time and place. However, there’s just something about a smoked or roasted pulled pork.

  2. Pulled pork is my husbands favorite and this looks amazing! I’ll be making this in a few days!

    Rating: 5
  3. Found your blog about six months ago. Since then have tried numerous recipes from your blog. They have all turned out fantastic. Thank you for doing what you do. 

      1. Oh my goodness!! I made this over the weekend. It was a huge hit! My son, who is a great cook, and his family joined us for dinner. They couldn’t stop picking at the pork after we finished eating. Excellent recipe.