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Pulled BBQ Pork

During 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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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 2 forks and return to the slow cooker. Heat through. With a slotted spoon, place 3/4 cup meat mixture on each roll.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich: 518 calories, 21g fat (7g saturated fat), 101mg cholesterol, 528mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 3g fiber), 36g protein.

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  • Richy
    Oct 13, 2018

    Great flavors, big hit will make it again

  • Peggie0203
    Oct 3, 2017

    I did not have time to cook the veg before putting in the slow cooker, which likely accounts for why the flavour was a bit one dimensional. Added some instant coffee granules and cocoa powder to deepen the flavour (and colour). Molasses would also help with that (in place of the brown sugar). I also used about 1 1/2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce in place of the hot pepper sauce.Great base recipe, easy to adapt to preference. Will definitely make again.

  • CSteinbrecher
    Jul 15, 2017

    Best pulled pork recipe. Not oversauced and tangy with a nice spicy kick. Friends love it.

  • madpots2
    Jan 28, 2015

    Real North Carolina barbeque does not have tomatoes in it.

  • chefdaddybbq
    Sep 2, 2013

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

  • staceylynn44
    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
    Jul 31, 2013

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

  • jmoyer
    Jul 29, 2013

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  • 3105339020
    Jul 26, 2013

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  • scarlet286
    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.