BBQ Pulled Pork is a delicious tender pork sandwich with BBQ sauce baked into it. This is an easy meal that takes little work and always turns out delicious.
There aren’t too many recipes that are as easy as making pulled pork. This recipe is great if you are feeding a large family or if you are having company come over.
If you prefer you can make this in a crockpot and skip the oven completely, it will take a little more time, but it is just as simple to make.
My family will often request this recipe. I am sure that you will love this just as much as my family does.
- Add a rub to the pork before roasting it for more flavor. The rub can be applied the night before if desired.
- Don’t remove the layer of fat on the top of the pork, it will keep the meat moist. Once the roasting process is completed any fat should be removed and discarded.
- Brown/sear the meat on the stove before placing it in the oven to bake. This a great way to keep the moisture in the meat while it is roasting.
- Once the meat is roasted use 2 forks to shred the meat quickly.
- The BBQ sauce can be made while the pork is roasting.
- After the meat is shredded mix in the BBQ sauce and place back in the oven, but lower the temperature. This will help the BBQ cook into the meat and give the meat a great flavor.
- This recipe makes a great sandwich, but if you want to add a little more flavor add a scoop of coleslaw. It dresses up the sandwiches and takes it to another level of flavor.
What is the best cut of pork when making this recipe?
When making this pulled pork I like to use pork tenderloin. It is nice tender meat and will stay moist. Two other cuts that work well are the pork shoulder or pork butt.
Steps for making BBQ Pulled Pork
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
Prepare the rub. Mix the brown sugar, salt, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, and chili powder together and rub over the meat on all sides.
Add oil to a large Dutch oven and heat over medium heat. Place the meat into the Dutch oven once the oil is hot and sear on all sides for 2 to 4 minutes on all sides.
Add one cup of chicken broth to the Dutch oven (do not pour over top of the meat). Bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
While the meat is roasting make the bbq sauce. Mix together ketchup, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, and yellow mustard. Set this aside.
When the meat is roasted remove from the oven and with 2 forks shred the meat. Discard the chicken broth from the pan. Place the shredded meat back into the Dutch oven.
Pour the bbq sauce over the meat and mix until all the meat is covered.
Turn the oven down to 300 degrees F and roast another 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve.
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BBQ Pulled Pork
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 4 pounds pork tenderloin
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 1 tablespoons yellow mustard
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F
- Make the rub. Combine the 3 tablespoons brown sugar, salt, smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, and chili powder.
- Rub the mixture over the entire meat on all sides and set aside.
- In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot add the oil and heat over medium heat.
- Once the oil is hot place the pork into the Dutch oven brown/sear the meat on all sides. Add more oil if needed.
- Remove the meat from the heat and add the chicken broth (do not pour over top of the meat).
- Place into the preheated oven and roast for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or when the meat is no longer pink inside.
- Remove the meat from the Dutch oven and discard the chicken broth.
- With 2 forks shred the meat. Place the shredded meat back into the pot.
- Pour the bbq sauce over the meat and mix well.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees and place the meat back into the oven. Bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and serve.
- Do not remove the fat from the top of the meat before roasting, it will keep the meat moist. Once the meat is roasted remove all fat.
- Add a rub to the meat for more flavor.
- Shred the meat with 2 forks to make the shredding process faster.
- Add the bbq sauce and bake for 30 more minutes to bake in the bbq flavor.
This recipe was originally published on November 17, 2011. It has been updated with new content and pictures on June 8, 2020.
I love pulled pork – it looks fantastic.
Your pulled pork looks excellent – I love it with barbecue sauce! Homemade buns make all the difference.
I LOVE pulled pork, but am still yet to make it myself. This has to change soon, with your lovely recipe!
Looks fork tender and delicious! I need to make some too.
David @ Spiced
I absolutely love pulled pork! It makes a lot, so we often freeze it in smaller packs for easy weeknight meals. A pulled pork sandwich (with extra BBQ sauce on top!) is one of my all-time favorites. Thanks for sharing your version of the spices here, Dawn!
John / Kitchen Riffs
Pulled pork is such great stuff, isn’t it? Love it! Yours looks really good — nice spice rub. Thanks!
Your pulled pork looks amazing Dawn, with all the spices on the rub…thanks for the recipe…yum!
Have a great rest of the week!