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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.

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CSteinbrecher User ID: 3100738 269499
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2017

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

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!"

Ladybugs Mom User ID: 5950440 178908
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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