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Slow Cooked Pulled Pork With Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Updated on October 28, 2013

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American Style Cooking

On my last visit to the States, I was fortunate enough to find myself in Florida and had the good fortune to eat at a restaurant one evening (the name escapes me, it was an 'emergency' meal, we were starving and hadn't made a reservation) which had the oddly named 'pulled pork sandwich' on its menu.

Initially, I was not enthralled by the sound of this dish -what on earth was 'pulled pork'.

I have eaten pork ribs in the states (yummy) and also pork chops (also yummy) but pulled pork? It was a new one on me so I asked the waitress what it was.

Her description of slow cooked shoulder of pork cooked for 'a loooonnnngggggg time' which is then pulled apart because it is so tender and moist had my husband, daughter and I salivating.

There was no choice but the pulled pork sandwich - we sat there intrigued to see it.

We were not disappointed - when it arrived, it was in a soft white bun, lightly sauced with barbecue flavourings and stood about six inches tall.

Well folks, I didn't know whether to eat it or climb it!

So glad I ate it!

Which brings me here - can I replicate this North American gastronomic masterpiece in my humble English kitchen?

Let's see! I have a great site to thank for the recipe -and Wikipedia tells me that the version I am cooking is the North Carolina area version.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 6 hours
Ready in: 6 hours 10 min
Yields: Serves four to six people
2lb shoulder of pork
2lb shoulder of pork | Source
Soft brown sugar, seasoning salt, chillies, salt , pepper and garlic (not shown)
Soft brown sugar, seasoning salt, chillies, salt , pepper and garlic (not shown) | Source
Crockpot, get one with a glass lid if possible.
Crockpot, get one with a glass lid if possible. | Source

Ingredients

  • 2lbs/1kg Pork Shoulder
  • three quarters cup Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Soft, brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red chillies
  • 1 tablespoon savoury seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • bread buns
  1. Lie the pork shoulder joint in your slow cooker in readiness for the cooking licquor
  2. Mix together the cider vinegar, chilli flakes, sugar, salt, pepper, seasoning salt and garlic in a bowl. Stir until combined and pour over the pork shoulder joint.
  3. Put the slow cooker on HIGH and cook for about 6 hours. Try not to lift the lid too often and don't worry, the liquor should not evaporate.
  4. After 6 hours take out the pork and lie on a serving plate. Remove the excess fat from the joint.
  5. Using two forks, start to tear the pork apart from the centre. The pork by this time should be extremely tender and should pull apart fairly easily. Continue pulling until the joint is completely shredded.
  6. There will be some cooking licquor left over in the slow cooker. The North Carolina recipe is quite tangy due to the cider vinegar, you may like it that way, if so just add enough to the prepared pulled pork to moisten it further.
  7. If you prefer it less tangy, mix some barbecue sauce in with the licquor. This will take the tangy edge off it. I used Levi Roots Jerk BBQ Sauce but any proprietary (or home made) sauce will do. If you like, just use the sauce and not the licquor, the pork is flavoured with it anyway so nothing is lost in just using bbq sauce on its own.
  8. Cut open the buns and pile 'em high with pork.
  9. Serve with mixed salad or fries or seasoned potato wedges - whatever you like really, I bet you don't have room in your tummy for it! Enjoy it!
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 6oz pork plus bun and sauce
Calories 752
Calories from Fat126
% Daily Value *
Fat 14 g22%
Saturated fat 8 g40%
Unsaturated fat 6 g
Carbohydrates 58 g19%
Sugar 13 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 48 g96%
Cholesterol 154 mg51%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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      Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK

      Alecia, thanks for your comment - how lucky to be in a place where bbq sauce is famed! I would settle for chicken in bbq sauce as long as it was cooked on the bone! Yummy. My tummy is growling just thinking about it.

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      Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Sounds tasty but I have to say I'm one of the few native North Carolinians who prefers chicken slow cooked in barbecue sauce. But either way it makes for a tasty treat! Think I'm going to pin this and make this one day soon! Great recipe!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Mary, thanks for the botes and the rating, I appreciate it! My slow cooker is invaluable, I could not cope without it. And this pulled pork was awesome, so delicious. I will have to make it again doon :o)

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I know I would love this method of cooking pulled pork. I love my slow cooker; what would I do without it.?

      I voted this Hub UP and gave you some stars.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Mike, I made the sauce for this myself but I love Stubbs sauce. Nothing like a pulled pork sandwich when you're sitting in Florida, totally relaxed and you have a Budweiser with it - yummy!

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Your pulled pork recipe sounds awesome! To me, having a great BBQ sauce for the pork is crucial. My favorite commercial brand of sauce is Stubbs..

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Indeed it does :o) but I also love Indian food which I don't slow cook!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Your Cousins, yes....perfect cos it's so easy. Put it on just before you leave, forget about it all day and just do it with some buns for dinner....yummy! Many thanks for your comment.

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      Anil 4 years ago from Kerala

      Your cooking style differ from Indian cooking.

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      Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      O-o-o-h, that looks delish. Great to put on in the morning and to smell it when you hit the door after work. So-o-o Good. I just might have to give this one a try.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      mmdonders - glad you liked it and pleased to have made it into your recipe collection :o), many thanks for your comment.

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      nmdonders 4 years ago

      Love pulled pork! This is a great recipe and I will have to save it to try later. I'm starting to get a nice recipe collection from here on Hub Pages. Getting some great ideas for family dinners as well. Thanks for sharing this, great job.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Michelle, Many thanks for your comment. I am a slow cooker fanatic at the moment. It has sat in my kitchen like a white elephant until a few months ago and now I use it every week - spare ribs are also gorgeous if you slow cook them but I cheat now and just pour over a bottle of BBQ sauce from the supermarket.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Yummy!!!! Pork that falls off the bone is the best sort of pork in my book. And with Licqor...even better! Thanks for the share, Jools, sharing!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Alocsin, this recipe is a doddle! Hope you give it a try, the pork was delicious.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      One of my favorite foods and I love the video so can try doing this at home. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      John, many thanks for your comment. I must admit, I have been won over by American food! Still can't beat proper chips though cooked in beef dripping!

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      John MacNab 4 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

      Jools, thank you. We were eating in the shopping mall yesterday and I was having some chips (french fries to all the north americans), at New York Fries, when I saw the sign near the back of the outlet 'It's not just cool, IT'S PULLED'. This baffled me but I was interrupted before I could ask. I'm sure your salivating description was better than the attendant's.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      phdast7, thanks so much for your comment, it was very tasty!

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Jools - This sounds and looks great. Its hard not to get in the car right now and go to the grocery store. Have a great week. :)

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      handymanbill, Hi! Thanks so much for your comment. Hope you like it.

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      Bill 4 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Wow this really looks good I am going to have to try this next time.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My reads are down too, Jools, so you aren't alone. Misery does love company and all that rubbish!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Bill, don't worry, nobody else is reading any of my hubs at the moment :o), but thanks for dropping by and finding this Brit's go at a U.S. favourite. I do love a lot of your country's food and your BBQ is out there on its own as a favourite of mine...this pulled pork was delicious when I made it but it tastes better if you're sitting in a restaurant in Orlando looking out over the lake.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm not getting notifications of your hubs all of a sudden; I just noticed all the ones I haven't heard about. Well shoot! Anyway, I love barbecued pork and this recipe is right up my alley. Great job my friend!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      John, it is delish! Thanks for the comment.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Angela, many thanks for your comment, hope you give it a try, it is very easy to make.

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      Angela Kane 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thanks for the instructions for pulled pork. I always get mine from restaurants and would love to make one on my own. Voted useful.

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      John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Jools99, this looks delish! I love pork very much; this article has made me very hungry! I'll have to try this sometime soon, maybe next weekend...

      Thanks and enjoy your weekend (I think your weekend is over in England?)

      John

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Lesley, many thanks for your comment - I have a feeling it will become a favourite at home too!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I am so looking forward to this Jools, pulled pork is a new one on me, but it sounds fabulous!

      Thank you and voted up

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Nell, the meat was SO tender done in the slow cooker and the aroma of it cooking filled the whole kitchen. It is well worth the effort and it cost next to nothing - £4 for the pork and about £2 for the other ingredients I didn't have. Cheap as chips and tastes delicious.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Christy, thanks for commenting; yeah, I wasn't sure about it but it was delish. I love visiting the States, food is great.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I have had pulled pork at a restaurant and was surprised that I enjoyed it. I find your hub so well-composed Jools. I vote up and will share too.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi, I wondered what pulled pork was too! sounds really delicious! I tend to cook all meats like this, slow and tender, as I want it to fall off the bone easily, so this shouldn't be to hard for me to tackle! lol! great idea, voted up! cheers nell

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Wynnestudios, glad this made you want to eat it!

      Thanks for commenting!

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      wynnestudios 4 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      I'm getting hungry now! Thank you for sharing.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Stephanie, coleslaw as an addition to the sandwich would be lovely, sounds great.

      Thanks for the comment!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      This pulled pork recipe sounds great! As a newcomer to North Carolina, I've had pulled pork in restaurants and at cookouts, but haven't tried it at home, yet. Gotta try this!

      One note though, pulled pork in our part of NC is always served with coleslaw which is usually put into the sandwich!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Tracey, Mary & Keith - many thanks for your visits. Keith, mashed potato would be a popular accompaniment in this house:o)

      Virtual Treasures, let me know hoe you get on, it is very easy to make and was delish! Thanks for commenting.

      LABrashear, I look forward to hearing about it when you've given it a go - thanks for your comment.

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      LABrashear 4 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      Pulled pork sandwiches and bacon are the only two ways I like to eat pork. I can't wait to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing it - it looks wonderful!

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      Virtual Treasures 4 years ago from Michigan

      I have been looking for a new pulled pork recipe. I can't wait to try this!

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      I absolutely love pulled pork! It is best with a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce on a warm roll :) I really don't have it with anything else on a sandwich (just meat and bun). You can also have pulled pork with some hickory-flavored beans. I even recommend trying it with rice and/or mash potatoes :0 thank you for sharing this awesome recipe!

      -KD

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      There are tons of recipes for pulled pork here in the states, probably a proprietary thing. I have to admit this one sounds really good and as with most pulled pork, easy to make. Can't wait to try it! Gave it five stars!

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 4 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Okay, I am from "the states" and still haven't tried pulled pork, the New England town where I reside has a restaurant that wins awards for their pulled pork year after year, as strange as the name continues to sound to me. I am certainly voting this one up funny and sharing it as well.

      Tracy

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Tina, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. The slow cooker does all of the hard work, I just had to do the 'pulling' of the pork. It was delicious!

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      Christina Lornemark 4 years ago from Sweden

      This sounds very yummy and your hub is fantastic! Seeing this really makes me want to try it even though cooking isn't my strong side. You did a great video and thanks for the information, I have never heard of this dish before and learned something new.

      Tina

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Ok, I'll get my case packed :o)....I wish!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Come on over Julie! I have a guest room waiting for you!:)

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Kelley, thanks for commenting and for looking at my video, much appreciated.

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Love this hub and the video! I don't eat pork but I'll share with my family who does!! Take care, Kelley

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Angela - took 6 hours to make but it just bubbles away in the kitchen and the smell is just amazing.

      Linda, I have eaten some gorgeous food in Orlando, there must be something in the air down there. Wish I was there now.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      You picked the right state to try pulled pork for the first time! Florida does have the secret...not sure what it is. Ha! I do know my husband makes the most delish pulled pork I've ever eaten. Yummy hub!

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      Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Oh how yummy!

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