Beginner's Pulled Pork

READY IN: 11hrs 30mins
Recipe by ratherbeswimmin

America's Test Kitchen

Top Review by dvs112

I served this today for a birthday dinner. Everyone raved about it. One guest said it was the best pulled pork he ever ate.I didn't change a thing in the recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, cayenne, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl.
  2. Using a fork, prick pork all over.
  3. Rub sugar mixture over pork, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 8-24 hours.
  4. Unwrap pork and place in slow cooker.
  5. Spread barbecue sauce evenly over pork, cover, and cook until pork is tender, 9-11 hours on LOW or 5-7 hours on HIGH.
  6. Transfer pork to large bowl; let cool slightly, then shred into bite-size pieces discarding excess fat; cover to keep warm.
  7. Let braising liquid settle for 5 minutes, then remove fat from surface using a large spoon.
  8. Season with salt, pepper, sugar, and vinegar to taste.
  9. Toss shredded pork with 1 cup braising liquid; add more liquid as needed to keep meat moist.
  10. Serve on buns with pickle chips and more barbecue sauce.

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