The first time I ate pulled pork was when a dear friend made it for us after our first baby was born.
I appreciated every single meal delivered during that precious and exhausting season of life…but I LOVED the pulled pork dinner!
I got the recipe from my friend and have tweaked it to make it my own, and today I’m sharing this family favorite with you!
Pulled Pork – an Easy Dinner for Busy Weeknights
This pulled pork is one of my go-to recipes for busy weeknights, and for good reason.
All you need are a few pantry staples and a pastured pork butt or shoulder roast, which I always have in the freezer for this very recipe.
It’s equally delicious in the oven or the slow cooker. The spices can be increased or decreased as desired. Sliced onions or bell peppers can be added if you like them. It can be served with a side of cole slaw, on top of a baked potato, or as a sandwich. The possibilities are endless.
It’s great left over
We all know I’m a huge fan of leftovers, and I love that the whole family’s glad to see this one again on the second night!
- 1 3-4 pound pastured pork butt or shoulder roast*
- 4 tsp pure maple syrup
- 3 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp ground red pepper (cayenne)
- 3 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- * A butt roast will have more fat, adding more moisture. If using shoulder or other leaner cut, consider adding 2-4 Tbsp water
- Preheat to 425 degrees.
- Line roasting pan with 2-4 sheets of heavy duty foil that can be folded up around the roast to make a pouch (I stack them in a cross formation so all sides of pouch will seal when folded).
- Place the roast, fat side up in the middle of the foil.
- In a small bowl, mix remaining ingredients with a spoon to form a paste.
- Rub the paste over the top and all sides of the roast (will be a thin layer).
- Bring the edges of each foil sheet to the top and fold over one another to create a sealed pouch.
- Place roast in oven and turn heat down to 325 degrees.
- Cook for 2.5 hours or until internal temperature reads at least 145 degrees and meat separates easily using a fork. Baste with its own juices midway through cooking if desired.
- Baste the cooked roast again, reseal the foil pouch, and allow to rest on the counter for a few minutes.
- Transfer roast to cutting board and use two forks or a knife and a fork to shred/cut the meat as desired. Place meat in a bowl and add juices from foil pouch along with a few spoonfuls of Diana's homemade BBQ sauce (Click the image below for recipe), stirring to mix.
- Serve with additional BBQ sauce.
- Same as above, but forego the foil pouch if desired, instead placing the roast directly into the Crock Pot. Cook on low for 6-8 hrs or until internal temperature is at least 145 degrees. Proceed with basting, shredding, and adding BBQ sauce similar to oven method.
- Sliced shallots or onion can be cooked with the pork if desired. Simply lay these on the bottom of the foil pack or Crock Pot, place the uncooked and seasoned pork on top, and follow the cooking instructions above.
Easy, Homemade BBQ Sauce
The perfect compliment to this easy pulled pork is my friend, Diana’s Easy, Homemade BBQ Sauce. Like homemade salad dressings, BBQ sauce is something I am committed to making myself – not only for health reasons, but because the flavor is a thousand times better!
Diana’s BBQ sauce is made without refined sugar or corn syrup and has an incredible depth of flavor unlike any other recipe I’ve tasted (and I’m from Texas, y’all, so I’ve had plenty!). It’s truly amazing and really takes the flavor of this pulled pork over the top!
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