Updated June 28, 2023
Pulled Pork recipes abound, but this is the first and only pulled pork recipe we’ve ever used; because it’s that good! Also, an easy barbecue sauce recipe follows the pork recipe, or you can buy ready-made sauce.
Two Days Before Serving Pulled Pork
Plan ahead, as the meat should marinate for 1-2 days.
This is a dry rub marinade and that fact just makes the recipe so much easier than you might expect.
In a pinch you can shorten the marinate time if you need to. I like to brush off some of the seasoning before cooking but if you are shortening the marinade time I would probably leave most of the seasoning on.
3-4 lb. pork shoulder blade roast
1/4 c. coarse salt
1/4 c. sugar
2 T. dried, cracked rosemary
2 T. dried sage
1 T. coarsely ground black pepper
2 peeled and cut up carrots
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 c. white wine
2-3 c. chicken or beef broth
Barbecue sauce (see below)
Dry the pork with paper towel. Remove any excess fat with a sharp knife.
Put spices in a covered dish that will hold the pork. Mix the spices together.
Add the dried pork to the dish and rub the spices over all the surface.
Cover and refrigerate for about 2 days.
Chop veggies and place them in the bottom of a crock pot. Remove pork from dish and place it on top of the veggies in the crock pot. Cover with wine and broth.
Turn crock pot on high until the liquid starts to simmer, then turn down to low. Cook the loin for about 6-8 hours.
Remove the meat from the pot and place it in a large bowl. Remove and discard any visible fat. Shred the meat with two forks. Add some juice. Serve with rolls and barbecue sauce.
Homemade Barbecue Sauce
The picture below is of Mary’s Barbeque Sauce, but I’ve made a speedier version which you will find below. It uses powdered onion and garlic and it is milder than the original recipe.
The speedier version also has half the sugar and I think it tastes great.
15 oz. can tomato sauce
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
1/4 c. ketchup
1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
1 T. prepared mustard
1 T. chili powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Combine all remaining ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring constantly, and reduce heat to simmer then cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Pulled Pork adapted recipe from Rocco Whalen, Fahrenheit restaurant.
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