Pulled Pork Barbecue

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Delicious, slow cooked Pulled Pork Barbecue is simple to make and perfect for all of your family gatherings, barbecues, picnics, or tailgates. 

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What is your guilty pleasure to make for dinner when you’re on your own? We got into this conversation with friends the other night at dinner. Our friend has some upcoming work travel and there was discussion of her husband feasting on McDonald’s and frozen dinners while she was gone. As friends, we intervened…don’t worry! Around here, if Ben is left to his own devices for dinner, he’s definitely having barbecue.

In fact, if I’m traveling for work, barbecue for dinner. If Ben’s home at lunch, he’s likely picking up barbecue. Meeting a friend? You guessed it. It’s an addiction!

I figured it was about time I finally stop denying him and just give him some barbecue at home. I’ll make it again soon since he even declared it the best barbecue he’s ever had. That’s saying something from the person who invites friends to our local barbecue place and then goes to their favorite place too just to judge who has a better favorite. See? Addicted.

Pulled pork is a personal thing and often people’s favorites depend on their local fare. You’ve got Carolina style and Memphis barbecue, plus a million recipes in between it seems.

I grew up eating barbecue from a local joint that is still our favorite. In fact, it is really the only place I’ve been known to order pulled pork. It is downright delicious and so is the sauce. This place has definitely made a barbecue snob of me. But now that I realized how easy it is to make pulled pork at home, I know we’ll be eating so much more of it.

You’ll need a pork butt for this recipe. By the way, why do they call it a pork butt? It’s actually just a boneless pork shoulder roast and you can find this at almost any grocery store. They come in a variety of sizes. A 3lb roast makes for a ton of barbecue, though you could definitely make a smaller one or find a larger one if you’re feeding a crowd.

Start by browning the pork on all sides. Add one teaspoon of olive oil to the pan and then add the pork, turning it once golden on each side. Luckily, my slow cooker insert is safe for browning on the stove. If yours isn’t, just use a skillet or pan that is large enough to hold the pork shoulder. When the pork is golden and crispy on all sides, add the meat to the slow cooker. If your shoulder has a thick layer of fat on it, flip the pork so that this part faces up. You’ll want to discard it later if it is still intact.

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In a small bowl, gather your spices. Once you’ve measured out the onion powder, paprika, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, sprinkle it over the pork.

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Pour a beer over the pork. I’ve  used Heineken and I’ve also I used a craft IPA. Really, anything with some flavor and color works. Add a cup of barbecue sauce, either homemade or your favorite store bought variety.

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Then, place your slow cooker on low for 8 hours and let that pork cook. It really couldn’t be easier. 10 minutes of prep time and 8 hours of low and slow cooking equals some great pulled pork.

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Once the pork is cooked, you’ll want to grab some tongs and move it from the slow cooker into a bowl for shredding. Mine was so tender that it fell apart in large chunks, which was fine. Just be careful during this step.

Drain the contents of the slow cooker so that you can add the pork back in once shredded.

To shred the pork, remove any large pieces of fat. Then, using tongs or forks, shred the pork. It should pull apart very easily. Add the pulled pork back into the slow cooker and add 1-2 cups of sauce, depending on how saucy you like it.

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That’s it! Pulled pork couldn’t be easier to make at home. Packed with delicious flavor, I got rave reviews when I took this to a tailgate last weekend. To assemble into sandwiches, add some pork to a roll or slider bun, add some sauce and you’ve got lunch.

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Pulled Pork Barbecue

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: varies

Delicious, flavor packed pulled pork is simple to make and perfect for all of your family gatherings, barbecues, or tailgates.

Ingredients

  • 1 2-4 lb pork shoulder roast (boneless)
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2-3 cups BBQ sauce (either your favorite or this homemade one)
  • 1 12 oz beer

Instructions

  1. Start by browning the pork on all sides. Add one teaspoon of olive oil to the pan and then add the pork, turning it once golden on each side. Luckily, my slow cooker insert is safe for browning on the stove. If yours isn't, just use a skillet or pan that is large enough to hold the pork shoulder.
  2. When the pork is golden and crispy on all sides, add the meat to the slow cooker. If your shoulder has a thick layer of fat on it, flip the pork so that this part faces up. You'll want to discard it later if it is still intact.
  3. In a small bowl, gather your spices. Once you've measured out the onion powder, paprika, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, sprinkle it over the pork.
  4. Pour a beer over the pork. I've successfully used Heineken. I've also I used a craft IPA. Really, anything with some flavor and color works. Add a cup of barbecue sauce, either homemade or your favorite store bought variety.
  5. Then, place your slow cooker on low for 8 hours and let that pork cook. It really couldn't be easier. 10 minutes of prep time and 8 hours of low and slow cooking equals some great pulled pork.
  6. Once the pork is cooked, you'll want to grab some tongs and move it from the slow cooker into a bowl for shredding. Mine was so tender that it fell apart in large chunks, which was fine. Just be careful during this step.
  7. Drain the contents of the slow cooker so that you can add the pork back in once shredded.
  8. To shred the pork, remove any large pieces of fat. Then, using tongs or forks, shred the pork. It should pull apart very easily. Add the pulled pork back into the slow cooker and add 1-2 cups of sauce, depending on how saucy you like it.
  9. To assemble into sandwiches, add some pork to a roll or slider bun, add some sauce and you've got lunch.
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Comments

    • Bri says

      Denise, I would double both the barbecue sauce and the seasonings. You can keep the liquid at one beer, which should be plenty of liquid! Let me know how it turns out! :)

        • Denise says

          Bri. This was a Huge hit at my Easter dinner of 40 guests! No leftovers! Hands down the best pulled pork recipe I have ever made and I will never buy barbecue sauce again. Your recipe for BBQ sauce was super. Thanks for the recipe! It’s a keeper.

  1. Liz Parker says

    I made this last night and it was amazing!! I absolutely LOVE the sauce! Thank goodness for Bites of Bri – to the rescue again!!

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