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Lisa’s All-Day Sugar & Salt Pork Roast

My family loves this tender and juicy roast, so we eat it a lot. The salty crust is so delicious mixed into the pulled pork. —Lisa Allen, Joppa, Alabama
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + marinating Cook: 6-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sea salt, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 bone-in pork shoulder butt roast (6 to 8 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup barbecue seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 12 hamburger buns or kaiser rolls, split


  • Combine 1 cup sea salt and granulated sugar; rub onto all sides of roast. Place in a shallow dish; refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 300°. Using a kitchen knife, scrape salt and sugar coating from roast; discard any accumulated juices. Transfer pork to a large shallow roasting pan. Rub with barbecue seasoning; sprinkle with pepper. Roast until tender, 6-8 hours.
  • Increase oven temperature to 500°. Combine brown sugar and 1 Tbsp. sea salt; sprinkle over cooked pork. Return pork to oven and roast until a crisp crust forms, 10-15 minutes. Remove; when cool enough to handle, shred meat with 2 forks. Serve warm on fresh buns or rolls.
    Freeze Option: Freeze cooled meat with some of the juices in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add water if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich: 534 calories, 24g fat (9g saturated fat), 135mg cholesterol, 2240mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 43g protein.

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  • Gary
    Dec 21, 2020

    One Question I have a pork Shoulder do I leave on the skin or remove it first this looks Amazing cant wait to try it

  • gunslinger
    May 6, 2020

    I did this in the crockpot, then finished in the oven. It was very tasty and tender.

  • katieleigh3508
    Oct 16, 2019

    This pulled pork may very well change my life. I could not stop eating it and even decided to forego both the bottled BBQ sauce and bun so as not to take away from the meat. One thing I will do next time though is put foil in the bottom of the roasting pan ??

  • justmbeth
    Mar 31, 2019

    Wow! My husband usually smokes pork butts on the grill but after fixing one this way, he said he may never grill one again. The sugar/salt coating really set it apart flavor wise and the slow cooking in the oven ensured the tenderness.

  • BeckyJCarver
    May 28, 2018

    Due to it being 93 degrees outside today I did this in the crockpot instead of the oven. It turned out perfect & full of flavor. I didn't think it was too salty at all. I will make this again for sure because my son LOVED it!

  • heidiclark1
    May 5, 2017

    I actually made this in the crock pot. I had a 7 lb. roast and cooked it on low for 7 hours. I transferred it to a foil-lined baking sheet and finished in a 500 degree oven as the recipe specifies. Tasty! It seemed a little salty, so I may adjust the salt down next time.

  • Grammy Debbie
    Apr 17, 2017

    My family loved this delicious version of pulled pork! I put a bottle of good BBQ sauce alongside, but I don't think anyone used any sauce--it was that good! I would caution anyone planning to make it that you need to plan ahead as my big pork butt roast was frozen, so I had to thaw that in the fridge and then let it marinate overnight in the sugar/salt rub, then bake all day. Well worth the effort, just be sure to leave enough time. I will definitely be making this again!