Slow-Roasted Pulled Pork

The slow cooker makes easy work of this pulled pork recipe. Serve on hamburger buns, if desired, for a hearty and satisfying sandwich.
Photo by Ellen H.

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

16

servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

16

servings

Ingredients

  • Pork:

  • 2

    tablespoons dark brown sugar

  • 1

    tablespoon smoked paprika

  • 1

    tablespoon chili powder

  • 1

    teaspoon salt

  • 2

    teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1

    teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2

    teaspoon dry mustard

  • 1/2

    teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper

  • 1

    (5-pound) boneless pork shoulder (Boston butt), trimmed

  • Cooking spray

  • 2

    cups water, divided

  • 1/2

    cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1/3

    cup ketchup

  • Sauce:

  • 3/4

    cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1/2

    cup ketchup

  • 3

    tablespoons dark brown sugar

  • 2

    teaspoons smoked paprika

  • 1

    teaspoon chili powder

Directions

1. To prepare pork, combine first 8 ingredients in a small bowl. Rub sugar mixture evenly over pork. Let pork stand at room temperature 1 hour. 2. Preheat oven to 225°. 3. Place pork on the rack of a roasting pan coated with cooking spray. Pour 1 cup water in bottom of roasting pan. Place rack in pan. Bake at 225° for 1 hour. 4. Combine 1/2 cup vinegar and ketchup in a medium bowl; brush pork with ketchup mixture (do not remove from oven). Bake an additional 3 hours, basting every hour with ketchup mixture. 5. Pour remaining 1 cup water in bottom of roasting pan. Cover pork and pan tightly with foil. Bake an additional 3 3/4 hours or until a thermometer registers 190°. Remove from oven; let stand, covered, 45 minutes. ***OR can cook pork in Slow-Cooker for 7-8 hours 6. To prepare sauce, combine 3/4 cup vinegar and remaining ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally with a whisk. Boil 5 minutes or until slightly thick. Shred pork with 2 forks. Serve with sauce. Serve shredded pork on hamburger buns with pickle chips, if desired.

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