The Ultimate Pulled Pork Recipe

If you’re on the lookout for the perfect pulled pork recipe to add to your repertoire, look no further. Our oven-baked pulled pork is incredibly tender, with a delightful balance of sweetness and tanginess from our homemade BBQ sauce. It’s a versatile dish that works wonders for a weeknight dinner, a summer BBQ, or even game day. Let’s dive into the details of achieving pulled pork perfection!

Choosing the Best Cut of Meat

When it comes to pulled pork, we recommend using pork butt as the preferred cut of meat for this recipe. While boneless pork shoulder can also be used, pork butt offers a higher level of fat and marbling, resulting in a juicier, more flavorful, and tender outcome. Its ability to effortlessly fall apart and withstand hours of cooking makes it the ideal choice for low-and-slow, shred-worthy pulled pork.

Cooking Methods Explored

The method of cooking depends on the desired outcome for your pulled pork. Our beloved slow-cooker pulled pork recipe yields incredibly tender meat, allowing you to simply combine all the ingredients and let it work its magic over a minimum of 5 hours. However, if you’re a fan of the irresistible burnt ends that come from the caramelization of fat and sauce ingredients, the oven-cooked recipe is the way to go.

Searing the meat prior to cooking is a crucial step in achieving those coveted burnt ends. If you’re using a Dutch oven, this process is quick and easy. However, if you prefer to skip this step while sacrificing the burnt ends (we can’t understand why!), feel free to do so.

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Serving Suggestions

Pulled pork sandwiches are an obvious and delicious choice. Imagine soft potato buns filled with succulent pulled pork, topped with dill pickles and coleslaw, and served alongside a generous helping of potato salad. But don’t limit yourself there. Our pulled pork nachos, pulled-pork crescent rings, and green chile pork stew are just a few of the exciting pulled-pork recipe ideas waiting to be explored. The possibilities are endless with this versatile BBQ favorite.

Storage Tips

If you happen to have any leftovers (which isn’t always a bad thing), make sure to store them in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. This way, you can enjoy the deliciousness of pulled pork for future meals without compromising its flavor and quality.

We would love to hear about your own pulled pork adventures! Let us know how it went by sharing your experience in the comments below.


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