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Easy Pulled Pork - Awesome With Just 4 Ingredients!

Updated on December 9, 2018
5 stars from 1 rating of Slow Cooked Pulled Pork for your next BBQ

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)
McCormick Grill Mates Pork Rub, 3.46 oz
McCormick Grill Mates Pork Rub, 3.46 oz
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!)

Sweet Baby Ray's Hickory & Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce - 18 oz
Sweet Baby Ray's Hickory & Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce - 18 oz
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.


  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. 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!)
  4. Cook at 550 degrees for half hour (this gives it a nice outer edge)
  5. Drop to 250 and slow cook for 6-8+ hours
  6. Remove from oven and Add BBQ, and return to oven for the last 30 minutes of cook time
  7. Place meat on serving tray (or simply serve in the disposable Turkey Pan if taking to a huge picnic)
  8. Pull with forks to separate meat , do not cut with knife
  9. Serve and enjoy !
  10. (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.)
Photo by ginnerobot
Photo by ginnerobot

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!

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 7 hours 55 min
Ready in: 8 hours
Yields: a crowd !


  • 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)


  1. Rub meat with the rub
  2. Place it in the crock pot
  3. 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
  4. 1 Pork Butt (cannot do 2 in one pot - the large crock pots can handle one well though)
  5. Run it all day (6-10 hours) while you are at work
  6. 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)
  7. 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.
  8. 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!

Crock-Pot Travel Bag for 4 - 7-Quart Slow Cookers, Black
Crock-Pot Travel Bag for 4 - 7-Quart Slow Cookers, Black
Bringing your dish to the party. Arrive in style (and without having it dump all over your car). This is the bag I use to transport my pulled pork to potlucks. 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.

Meat Thermometer

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.

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:


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    • bushaex profile image

      Stephen Bush 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      No more excuses for not enjoying pulled pork!

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      MikeRobbers LM 

      7 years ago

      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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      8 years ago

      OK ! I CAN do this! ;D

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      8 years ago

      For health reasons, I can't eat pulled pork as much as I used to, but I sure do love it. To me, having a great BBQ sauce for the pork is crucial. My favorite commercial brand of sauce is Stubbs.

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      8 years ago

      Looks yummy! Must try it!

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      Little Linda Pinda 

      8 years ago from Florida

      I used to make my own BBQ sauce but there are so many great ones on the market. I have Baby Rays in the frig now. That is a great suggestion. Really yummy looking Pulled Pork.

    • gatornic15 profile image


      8 years ago

      Looks tasty! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Have not had this before. I will just have to try this.

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      goo2eyes lm 

      8 years ago

      thank you for inviting me to your bbq party, angelblessings.

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      goo2eyes lm 

      8 years ago

      looks and tastes great. wish i could make it right now. thank you for sharing the meal recipes.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      8 years ago from Canada

      A super duper big congratulations on becoming a Giant you not only have to tell us what delicious pulled pork recipe you can make with Pork Butts but you have to figure out what you can do with Squid butts too. Congratulations on your well deserved advancement in the Squidoo community.

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      8 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      This sounds so good! I make it other ways but never with Guinness. Everything tastes better with a little guinness. Great recipe!

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      E L Seaton 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      All I know is I saw the picture and almost lost control. Great looking photo, hope to try this soon. Cover's off the smoker, It's time to smoke something! Great lens!

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      8 years ago

      @anonymous: I got a can of beer and made the pulled pork recipe with it, and it added a great flavor. Thank you for that tip, I told my friends who wanted to know what was in it. They loved it! :)

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      8 years ago

      I don't really know if, the pork rub did anything to the recipe or not. It was not really clear in the recipe if, you were to only add the guinness when you started to cook the pork. So, I decided to put the pork rub on and i could not find the McCormick's brand so, ended up using GrillingMates, perhaps that was a mistake. But put the pork rub on and then put it in the crock pot and then added a 1/2 can of guinness and let it sit overnight. started it at 8:30 in the morning and by 2:30 it still was not close to even being done even though I turned the pork in the crockpot. So took it out of the crockpot and this was not quite a 5 pound pork butt, put it in the roasting pan and added another 1/2 can of guinness to the meat and cut it in half. Cooked it on 250 for another 2 1/2 hr. Took it out and shredded the pork w/2 forks while in the guinness and put it back in the crockpot and added 1/2 of the big bottle of Sweet Baby Rays Hickory BBQ sauce. Another thing the recipe did not cover, what size of bottle are you to use? I used the big bottle. I finished shredding the pork and added the other 1/2 of the bottle and some of the guinness liquid and let it go in the crockpot for 30 or so more minutes. Then served it. Everyone enjoyed it. It was very moisted that is for sure.

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      8 years ago

      Stopping back to add a touch of angel dust to your recipe, it is perfection! Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce is my favorite.

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      Beth Webster-Duerr 

      8 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      All I can say is.... YUM! Easy and delicious sounding pulled pork recipe. I wouldn't have thought of a dry rub, but sounds great. Thanks for sharing.

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      sorana lm 

      8 years ago

      Great recipe.So easy and I'm sure it's also very tasty. Thanks.

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      Chuck Nelson 

      8 years ago from California

      Sounds good...I'm going to bookmark and give it a try.

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      8 years ago

      Great, thanks for sharing!

    • delia-delia profile image


      8 years ago

      Love the recipes..will have to try it...Thanks for sharing...I love the answer to what is a Pig's Butt.....Ham.

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      9 years ago

      Great recipe. My wife makes it in the crockpot also.

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      Anthony Altorenna 

      9 years ago from Connecticut

      Wow, this looks good! I was wondering what to make for this weekend, and the search ends here.

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      9 years ago

      @EdTecher: common back and tell me what you thought after you guys try it - we love it - I hope you do too !

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      9 years ago

      @Elsie Hagley: stop back and let me know what you and your family thought about it - I would love to have other people's reviews of it :O) - Hope you love it !

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      Heidi Reina 

      9 years ago from USA

      I'm going to use this recipe for our next family get together.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      9 years ago from New Zealand

      Very interesting recipe, as I use a slow cooker and have pork, I will use this recipe. Thanks for sharing

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      9 years ago

      I was just getting read to put a port butt on and I came across your lens! Sound yummy!

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      9 years ago

      Your pulled pork recipe sounds awesome! I am very familiar with Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce but for some reason haven't tried the Hickory. Yummy!

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      Jackie Block 

      9 years ago from SE Michigan

      Looks like my recipe, but I've never used beer. Will give this a try, as I love pulled pork! Thanks.


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