Carolina-Style Pork Barbecue Recipe
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Carolina-Style Pork Barbecue Recipe

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I am originally from North Carolina (where swine is divine) and this recipe for the slow cooker is a family favorite. My husband swears my authentic Carolina ‘cue is the best BBQ he has ever eaten! —Kathryn Ransom Williams, Sparks, NV
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (4 to 5 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 medium onions, quartered
  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 14 hamburger buns, split
  • 1-3/4 pounds deli coleslaw

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich: 453 calories, 22g fat (6g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 889mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 3g fiber), 27g protein


  1. Cut roast into quarters. Mix brown sugar, salt, paprika and pepper; rub over meat. Place meat and onions in a 5-qt. slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and seasonings; pour over roast. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.
  3. Remove roast; cool slightly. Reserve 1-1/2 cups cooking juices; discard remaining juices. Skim fat from reserved juices. Shred pork with two forks. Return pork and reserved juices to slow cooker; heat through. Serve on buns with coleslaw. Yield: 14 servings.
Originally published as Carolina-Style Pork Barbecues in Simple & Delicious June/July 2013, p52

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Reviewed Jun. 2, 2016

"This is the best Carolina barbeque recipe I have come across. Absolutely delicious. Looking forward to making it again."

Reviewed Aug. 22, 2015

"Warning...very spicy! You may want to reduce the red pepper flakes and cayenne for those who can't tolerate the heat."

Reviewed Jul. 19, 2015

"Very easy to make and so good tasting."

Reviewed Jul. 10, 2014

"KATHRYN, My husband is from N Carolina and I've been lectured repeatedly on the different styles of bbq in north and south Carolinas and even the areas (Piedmont, mustard, vinegar, etc.). Have come up with one he likes pretty well, but will try this one on him to see if it is closest to High Point bbq that he grew up with, thank you for the help with picky people! If anyone has a High Point recipe, please send to me at, thanks."

Reviewed Jul. 9, 2014

"I have made this several times and it is always a big hit. Truly a great pork recipe."

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