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Easy Pulled Pork - Awesome With Just 4 Ingredients!
The easiest and tastiest Pulled Pork Ever! Seriously, ever!
Ever wanted to make an impressive meat? Need to take something to a picnic and want to bring something good? Throwing a BBQ and supplying the meat, but want something more than hamburgers and hotdogs? Pulled Pork is exactly what you need! Below is the best recipe that I have ever had - given to be by a friend - and adapted to be cooked in traditional oven, crockpot, slow cooker, and grill.
If you're like me and don't have the time or energy to cook everything using 14 different ingredients to get it to taste even remotely right, then this recipe is for you.
Old fashioned, great tasting!
This is pulled pork with that slow cooked great taste!
- 1/2 to 1 jar - McCormic Pork Rub (spice aisle)
- 1 Bottle Sweet Baby Rays BBQ (Hickory)
- 1 Can Guiness Beer (I prefer the tall black can)
- 1 Pork Butt (aprox 8 lbs)
This rub is the first step and you may like to do this the night before if you think of it. It makes it only better the longer it is on there. Refrigerate over night with this Rub on meat.
You can get almost all of it in one shot from Amazon - (darn they don't sell Beer!)
I like this BBQ sauce the best for this recipe. The Hickory & Brown Sugar gives it a the smokey and sweet you are looking for.
- Rub Meat with Pork Rub generously (you may like to do this the night before if you think of it - it makes it only better the longer it is on there- and refrigerate over night with Rub on meat)
- Place meat in pan (I suggest using a disposable pan- with cookie sheet under during the cooking for stability in taking out of oven and moving etc. - makes for easy cleanup - I use a turkey roasting pan)
- Pour Can of Beer Over Meat (You could use any beer you have, but I prefer the dark Guinness that comes in tall black can. If you have choice of regular or light, choose the regular for best taste in the end. The alcohol will burn off, so no worries for kids eating this - they will love it too!)
- Cook at 550 degrees for half hour (this gives it a nice outer edge)
- Drop to 250 and slow cook for 6-8+ hours
- Remove from oven and Add BBQ, and return to oven for the last 30 minutes of cook time
- Place meat on serving tray (or simply serve in the disposable Turkey Pan if taking to a huge picnic)
- Pull with forks to separate meat , do not cut with knife
- Serve and enjoy !
- (You can also put in 2 pork butts for a big crowd - and not really change up the recipe - it would work fine just as it is above. I usually make 2 pork butts.)
Because all that sauce gets a bit caramelized and amazing it also makes for a cleanup that can be a pain....unless you cook it in this pan and chuck it afterward. That's what I do.
BBQ Pulled Pork - Crock Pot Style
Sometimes it is just not possible to cook your meat for 8 hours. You can adapt this recipe as below. I have done it and it is similar. Nice to have it done when you get home from work!
- 1/2 -1 jar - McCormick Pork Rub (spice aisle)
- 1 Bottle "Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ (Hickory)
- 1/2 Can Guiness Beer
- 1 Pork Butt (aprox 8 lbs)
- Rub meat with the rub
- Place it in the crock pot
- Pour on the Beer (do not add more than half the can - the crock pot will use significantly less that the oven. )- 1/3-1/2 can only
- 1 Pork Butt (cannot do 2 in one pot - the large crock pots can handle one well though)
- Run it all day (6-10 hours) while you are at work
- Add the BBQ when you get home, and spread across the meat as much as you can. Leave it running while you set the table etc... aprox 15-30 minutes)
- Remove Meat and put on platter - meat will be falling apart by itself, but if you need to, pull apart with 2 forks - Do not cut.
- Serve and Enjoy !
Crock Pots and Slow Cookers - A full time working Mom's Secret!
If you work full time - you need a Crock Pot or Slow Cooker.
This pulled pork is just one recipe that works great in the slow cooker, but you can really find a ton of recipes that work great.
I always look for one with a top that locks. You can try liners to minimize cleanup. Also, I have this thermal carrier so I can easily carry it to those potlucks!
Bringing your dish to the party. Arrive in style (and without having it dump all over your car). I love this bag and it makes traveling with my pulled pork so much easier.
What is the best cut of Pork for a BBQ?
What cut of Pork do I want to use for pulled pork?
The "Pork Butt" is often said to be the best for BBQ pulled pork.
It is known by several names - Shoulder Butt, Boston Butt, Shoulder Roast, Boston Roast and even Boston Shoulder Butt etc...
Basically if it says "Shoulder" or "Boston" or possibly just "Pork" - along with "Butt" or "Roast" - it is what you are looking for.
And if your wondering... Is it really the pig's BUTT? No - it is the pig's shoulder. (it is an old English term for shoulder). And if your saying, "Then what is the pig's butt called?" -That is the ham!
Is this Pork butt expensive? Surprisingly, no! You can likely make a large roast for pulled pork for about $12.00-$17.00 including all ingredients.
What does a Pork Butt look like, anyway?
When going to the store, it is nice to have a clue what you're looking for. If you go to a butcher you can just ask for or "Boston Butt" and get what your looking for, while looking smart. But if your in the meat aisle, it is there, and you don't want to look forever to find it. The link below has pictures of uncooked pork butt. I will get a pic soon, but didn't get a chance to take one yet.
When cooking any meat, it is best to determine if it is done by internal temp. For my recipe, I recommend a long cooking time, and it will surely be done in that much time, but it is very important when cooking on the grill to be sure it is done. It is also better to be safe than sorry with any meat. Below are some great thermometers - The quick read ones are the best in my opinion. They don't take long and that gives you the best number before temp can change. But all in all, any thermometer is better than none - if you don't have one, you should - You should also not have to pay too much for a good one - Most good ones run $10-20 but often can find a great one on sale for as little as $5.00 or so.
This is the thermometer I use to be sure it's ready.
Were you thinking of using a Grill or a Smoker to make your Pulled Pork?
Well I am sorry, but I will admit - I am not the expert in these areas, nor will I play one on TV.
I will, though, supply you with these 2 great links that go into good detail on how to use a Grill or Smoker to make a Great Pulled Pork.
These are not my recipes, and take a bit more work than mine - but they do look good: