Pulled Pork Recipe

February 14, 2013

Pulled pork is pork which has been slow cooked, usually by barbecuing, in order to make the meat meltingly tender. It can also be cooked slowly in an oven or a slow cooker and when finished the meat should be easily pulled off in segments. It then usually served in a sandwich with Barbecue sauce.
I came across a recipe for Pulled Pork the other day and decided I would give it a try and see what it was like. I thought it sounded really nice. I adapted the recipe a bit as I did not have all the ingredients so this is my version.

Pulled Pork

A meltingly tender pork that can be pulled apart and used in sandwiches
Cook Time 4 hours
Author Alison


  • 1.8 kg boneless pork shoulder joint
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 tsp grained mustard
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 500 ml cider


  • Mix the paprika, chilli powder, sunflower oil, salt and mustard together in a bowl.
  • Rub the mixture onto the meat. avoiding the skin
  • Wrap the pork in cling film and put into the fridge for an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 160C/Gas mark 3.
  • Put the pork in a roasting tin, skin side up and pour the cider around it. Cover the tin with silver foil and seal the edges.
  • Cook for 3½ hours then increase the oven temp to 200C Gas 6, remove the silver foil and cook for ½ hour.

The finished joint was very tender and melting. Once I had the pork on the plate I shredded it into pieces which made it easy to serve.
Pulled pork

I found the easiest way to get the pork to shred was to use two forks to pull it into strands.  I decided I was going to serve the pork on toasted panni bread with fried red onions, coleslaw and some barbecue sauce.

pulled pork

The coleslaw decided to jump out of the pot and go everywhere so you can’t really see  the pork in the sandwich. It was, however, very tasty. I would definitely try making this again, its the sort of meal you can just add to the oven and forget about until later. This allows you to get on and do other things without worrying about cooking. The longer you cook it the more tender it gets and it is really easy to make, whilst looking like you have spent lots of time in the kitchen.If you are not in the house you can also cook pulled pork in the slow cooker and come home to find it ready. I love recipes that can be cooked slowly and turn out full of flavour, another of my favourites is ham, slow cooked in coke which gives it a nutty flavour.

13 responses to “Pulled Pork Recipe”

  1. Galina says:

    Looks good, and you know exactly what is inside your sandwich, no neighing there 🙂

  2. Cheryl says:

    Hmmm just might have to try this in the slow cooker 🙂

  3. marisworld says:

    YES! I’ve always wanted to give this recipe a whirl and now you’ve convinced me to do so

  4. Kelly says:

    I’ve never been the biggest fan of pork because I find it a bit tricky to digest but this looks really good and the crackling is making my mouth water!!!

  5. akemi28 says:

    oooh, I keep hearing about pulled pork. Your recipe looks easy to follow so I think It will be going on my to do list xx

  6. The finished pork in the second to last pic looks very pro – nice work! Pinned and Stumbled. Thanks for linking up to #recipeoftheweek – there’s a new linky up now, so do come and add another recipe, if you haven’t already 🙂

  7. plus2point4 says:

    I think my mum would love this recipe for when she next has a family gathering

  8. I cooked this today as per your recipe and it’s soooooo yummy. Pulled pork is one of my favourite things to pick at an American restaurant, and I was dead impressed with my home cooked effort. Cheers for the recipe!

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