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Pulled BBQ Pork Recipe

Pulled BBQ Pork Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Pulled BBQ Pork

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Reviewed Jan. 28, 2015

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

Reviewed Sep. 2, 2013

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

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."

Reviewed Jul. 31, 2013

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

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."

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!"

Reviewed Jun. 14, 2012

"My husband and I enjoyed this sandwich."

Reviewed Jun. 11, 2012

"awesome! my family loved it"

Reviewed May. 4, 2012

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

Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

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

Reviewed Jul. 14, 2011

"My family loves this recipe! I cut back the hot pepper sauce for my kiddos. It's a favorite."

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Wine Pairings

Blush Wine

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