Pulled BBQ Pork Recipe
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Pulled BBQ Pork Recipe

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After years of vacationing on the North Carolina coast, I became hooked on their pork barbecue. The version I developed is a favorite at potluck dinners. —Joseph Sarnoski, West Chester, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 10 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 10 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 8 kaiser rolls, split

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich: 518 calories, 21g fat (7g saturated fat), 101mg cholesterol, 528mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 3g fiber), 36g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, saute onions in oil until tender. Add the garlic, pepper flakes and pepper; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomatoes, brown sugar, vinegar, hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire and cumin. Cook over medium heat until heated through and sugar is dissolved.
  2. Cut roast in half. Place in a 5-qt. slow cooker; pour sauce over the top. Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours or until meat is tender. Remove roast; cool slightly. Skim fat from cooking juices. Shred meat with two forks and return to the slow cooker. Heat through. With a slotted spoon, place 3/4 cup meat mixture on each roll. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Pulled BBQ Pork in Country Woman June/July 2011, p47

Blush Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a blush wine such as White Zinfandel or a Rosé.

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madpots2 User ID: 7370895 219116
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2015

"Real North Carolina barbeque does not have tomatoes in it."

chefdaddybbq User ID: 7330431 132099
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2013

"If you use chefdaddy bbq sauce, you will do a flip."

staceylynn44 User ID: 4580341 193194
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2013

"I followed the recipe as written except for straining the vegetables from the sauce before recombining with the pulled pork and adding a dash of salt. My family and I loved it I thought it really captured the North Carolina BBQ flavor."

anitamm User ID: 7158753 150075
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2013

"I made this yesterday and we all liked it. Even my picky brother said it was good!"

scarlet286 User ID: 1078473 193176
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2012

"I thought this was a good recipe, though I wish the BBQ sauce was a little more tangy. My boyfriend didn't like it though. However, he's not fond of any slow-cooker pork recipes so far."

MollieDi User ID: 5304424 111177
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2012

"As usual, I always try a recipe that everyone gave 5 stars, so I was very disappointed when I made this and didn't like it one bit. No one in my house ate it either. I ended up throwing it all away. Looking back, I should have been clued in...the ingredients were a strange mix for pork BBQ: cumin, brown sugar?! It just wasn't a good combination. It certainly didn't taste like NC BBQ!"

kshea User ID: 2698812 178909
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2012

"My husband and I enjoyed this sandwich."

colky08 User ID: 1087575 132569
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2012

"awesome! my family loved it"

kayemom User ID: 1940759 150074
Reviewed May. 4, 2012

"I made this today exactly by the recipe, and it was delicious. I wouldn't change a thing!"

jlbjeanie User ID: 2196501 150062
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"Add 1 cup of beef broth--not enough liquid. Quite flavorful--needs no individual seasoning!"

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