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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pmchampion User ID: 7483306 255088
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2016

"Simple, fast, delicious!"

gunslinger User ID: 544392 252690
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2016

"My store had boston butts on sale so I was looking for a new recipe to try. This Carolina style barbecue was what I tried and it was delicious! I cut back on the hot pepper flakes and cayenne since some had said it was too spicy but when I shredded it I went back and added more then heated it for another hour. Served it with 9 day slaw another TOH recipe that was great!"

AllisonO User ID: 7446023 250490
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2016

"Perfectly juicy and tender! I would highly recommend this recipe. The only change I made was to take the recommendation of a previous reviewer and cut back on the red pepper flakes and cayenne (my children and grandma can't tolerate too much heat, though if my husband and I were the only ones eating it, I would go with the full amount called for in the recipe). Two thumbs WAY up!"

ennaida User ID: 8655209 248975
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2016

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

dljorrell User ID: 8496192 231577
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."

thewyatts4 User ID: 5840451 229819
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2015

"Very easy to make and so good tasting."

brookeparker User ID: 1435217 123429
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."

IDShawna User ID: 3501843 125828
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2014

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

velvajean User ID: 2248904 127439
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2014

"I followed the recipe to a t. I then tripled everything that makes the sauce and cooked on low in a separate pan and had lots of sauce to pour over the pork. Yummy!!!!!"

Candiv7 User ID: 7599712 152916
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2014

"This was a wonderful, flavorful recipe! The red pepper & cayenne add a nice bit of kick but can probably be lessened for a milder flavor. The pulled pork was awesome on some toasted onion rolls. My only question was we wanted a BBQ sauce from the left over juice to top our sandwiches- any suggestions to make that?"

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