Southern Pulled Pork Recipe
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Southern Pulled Pork Recipe

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With molasses and brown sugar, this sweet and tangy pork takes just a few minutes of prep and offers plenty of hands-free time. It’s even more rewarding with yummy sweet potatoes. —Katie Grady, West Boylston, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (3 pounds)
  • 1/3 cup spicy brown mustard
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • Baked sweet potatoes, optional

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 282 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 81mg cholesterol, 240mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 medium-fat meat, 1 starch.


  1. Place pork in a 3- or 4-qt. slow cooker. Combine the mustard, molasses, brown sugar and soy sauce; pour over roast. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove meat; cool slightly. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer to a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into juices. Return to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Shred meat with two forks; return to the slow cooker. Stir in sauce. Cover and cook 15 minutes longer or until heated through. Serve with sweet potatoes if desired. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Southern Pulled Pork in Simple & Delicious February/March 2011, p47

Blush Wine

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

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zookeeperk User ID: 819663 226220
Reviewed May. 12, 2015

"One of our favorites!"

chambo5 User ID: 3683947 132223
Reviewed May. 8, 2014

"I didnt have stoneground mustard so I used honey mustard. it was delicious! got great reviews from my family."

grandmastouch User ID: 2476266 149859
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2012

"We love pulled pork so I thought I would try this recipe. It was delicious. My only suggestion for future is to make more sauce so there will be more gravy. the flavor was exactly right, just wanted more of it."

joybear1 User ID: 6324408 116611
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2012

"Family loved it!"

scrapo User ID: 2908723 193820
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"Very Yummy! Just used a pork tenderloin instead & still turned out great!"

ncpdoug User ID: 5876340 192364
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2011

"Outstanding flavor, great recipe!"

TSRatliff User ID: 2608177 191309
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

"Excellent! The only change I'll do for next time is add a bit more brown sugar. I added some on top of my potato and meat and it was great though. I also froze half and am looking forward to having that meal too!"

darrnic User ID: 1394146 123473
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2011

"My family enjoyed this recipe. It was flavorful and very good. It is good reheated as leftovers as well."

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