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pulled pork

Best Pulled Pork

Best Pulled Pork is fall apart tender, juicy, and packed with flavor from the perfect seasoning! This pulled pork can be made in the slow cooker or oven!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Servings 8
Calories 266kcal
Author Nichole


  • 3-4 Pound Boneless Pork Shoulder
  • Cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • ½ Cup Beef Broth
  • Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Buns



  • Lay the pulled pork out on a large cutting board lined with plastic wrap.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, cumin, salt, pepper and cayenne.
  • Evenly season the pork with the seasoning mixture and use your hands to massage the rub into all sides of the meat.
  • OPTIONAL: Wrap in plastic wrap, place in the refrigerator and chill for 2-12 hours.


  • When ready to cook, pour the broth, vinegar, and worcestershire sauce in the bottom of your slow cooker and stir to combine.
  • Place the pork into the slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours until fork tender and falling apart. Remove the pork to a large plate, tent with foil and allow the pork to sit for 10 minutes. Shred the pork and serve with buns and bbq sauce if desired. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


  • Season the pork as directed above, and chill if desired.
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Pour the beef broth, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce into the bottom of a large dutch oven and stir. Then, add the pork to the pot.
  • Cover the pork with the lid of your dutch oven and roast in the preheated oven for 3 hours. Remove the lid and continue cooking for 3-4 more hours until the pork is tender and falling apart.
  • Remove the pork from the oven and place on a large serving platter. Tent the pork with foil and allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes before shredding and serving.
  • Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 5 days, and frozen for up to 2 months.


NOTE ON COOKING TIMES:  Don't cook this recipe on high or turn up the oven temperature.  It needs to cook low and slow to be super tender.
NOTE ON CHILLING:  Chilling after seasoning is completely optional and the pork will have more flavor if you can chill, but also tastes great either way.


Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 755mg | Potassium: 732mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 483IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg