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Pulled Pork


8 people


3 hrs 20 mins


The best pulled pork recipe using oven and stovetop smoker. This pulled pork is fall-off-the-bone tender, smoky, with homemade dry rub seasonings.


– 3 lbs. bone-in pork shoulder (pork butt) – ▢1/3 cup homemade dry rub – ▢3/4 cup apple juice – ▢2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar – ▢1/3 cup brown sugar – ▢1 tablespoon Louisiana hot sauce – ▢1 tablespoon liquid smoke Wrapping: – ▢2 tablespoons homemade dry rub – ▢3 tablespoons brown sugar BBQ Sauce: – ▢1 cup Stubb's® Original Bar-B-Q Sauce – ▢1/4 cup brown sugar

Step 1

Score both sides of the pork shoulder to allow the marinade seasonings to get inside the pork.

Step 2

Rub the dry rub all over the pork shoulder and inside the slits.

Step 3

Add apple juice, apple cider vinegar, sugar, hot sauce and liquid smoke. Transfer the pork shoulder and all the liquid marinade inside a plastic bag. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight or best for 24 hours.

Step 4

Heat up the oven to 250 °F (121 °C). Transfer the pork shoulder onto a few sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil. Discard the liquid marinade.

Step 5

– Combine the dry rub and brown sugar in a small bowl and rub all over the pork. Wrap tightly with the aluminum foil. Make sure there is no leakage. Place the pork shoulder in a roasting pan with rack (preferred) or a deep baking pan, with the aluminum foil opening side up. This will prevent the pork jus from leaking out.

Step 6

– Slow roast the pork shoulder in the oven for 6 hours, recommended. (You may bake it at 350 °F (176°C) for 3 hours if you are pressed for time.)

Step 7

– In the meantime, heat up the BBQ sauce in a small sauce pan on low heat. Add the brown sugar, stir to mix well. Set aside.

Step 8

– Remove the pork shoulder from the oven, unwrap the aluminum foil and broil each side of the pork shoulder for 1-2 minutes, or until both sides are slightly charred.

Step 9

– Close off the aluminum oil, set aside and let cool for 30 minutes.

Step 10

– Discard the pork bone, shred and pull the pork with hands or using 2 forks. Reserve every bit of the pork jus inside the aluminum foil or on the roasting pan/baking pan. Spoon the pork jus all over the pulled pork.

Step 11

How to Make Smoked Pulled Pork? – To smoke the pulled pork, heat up a stovetop smoker and add 1 tablespoon of wood chips in the middle of the smoker. Place some pulled pork on aluminum foil. Cover the lid and place the smoker on a burner on medium heat. Smoke for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and remove the pulled pork from the smoker after 10 minutes.

Step 12

– To serve, drizzle the BBQ sauce generously over the pulled pork. To make pulled pork sandwiches, stuff a slider bun or burger bun with pulled pork, top with BBQ sauce and coleslaw.

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