Pulled Pork Made Easy

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I live in the South, y’all.  We love our pulled pork.  Love. It.

I thought about how ridiculously easy it was to make and that maybe you’d like to try it (if you haven’t already).

#1) Buy a pork shoulder.  During the holiday season, these bad boys are relatively inexpensive.  I buy in bulk and freeze for later use.

#2) Place shoulder in crockpot or a dutch oven or roaster that has a cover (today I used an enamel pan w/cover), add 1 can of regular Dr. Pepper (DO IT!) and a 1/2 cup of water if needed to cover bottom of pan.  You can throw in some roughly chopped onions if you like, but that’s all there is to it.

#3) Cook in the crockpot on low all day (when done, thermometer needs to read: 150°-155°) or in a slow oven set at 225° for 4-6 hours depending on size of shoulder (temp 150°- 155°), although I never ever use time as a way to judge when pork is cooked thoroughly.  Always use a meat thermometer. Always.

#4) Oooo and Ahhhh when done:

Pulled Pork Made Easy

#5) Reduce juices for anjou sauce, if you’d like.  We like.  Once reduced, I place juices in a tempered container and place in fridge for about an hour for easy defatting.  Caveat: can be very salty (like OMT when upset!).

Pulled Pork Made Easy

When the pork is sufficiently cooled, pull away from bone and into small easy-to-eat strips.  Pour some anjou all over that mess and eat, y’all!

There will also be some pieces that won’t easily pull into strips.  For those, I toss into a food processor and pulse until Sloppy Joe-esque size.  You can either make some sloppies, or do what I do, freeze that portion for another day o’yum.

Kids love this stuff!   So easy!

So tell us: have you made pulled pork before?

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  1. Much pulled pork has been consumed around here but never tried it with Dr. Pepper — but I will!

  2. Yvearl @ Yvearl.com says

    I am also from the South, and boy, you could not be more right! We love our pulled pork! My latest recipe is also with pulled pork. Thanks for posting and making it clear to read a thermometer. Very smart, indeed.

  3. Dr. Pepper pulled pork is a favorite here. I do it in the crock pot.

  4. I am not from the South, but y’all we eat pulled pork like crazy in my house. Its just one of the easiest things to make! I am going to have to try adding in some Dr. Pepper next time!

    Thank you so much for sharing this at the Oh HAPPY Day link party!

  5. YUM! I have been craving a GOOD pulled pork. Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for linking up with us for Fabulously Frugal Thursday.

  6. I love pulled pork and this looks so delicious. Dr. Pepper….hmmm. Just do it, huh?

  7. Looks like a great recipe. Will have to try it with the Dr. Pepper! Thanks for linking up to the Monday Funday link party this week!

    Take care,


  8. That looks MOUTHWATERING. YUMMM! Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday!

  9. No, but after seeing these pictures I think I need to make some pulled pork. It looks great. Thanks for showing how. Linda

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      It’s the easiest pork dis you’ll ever make. We still have some of the ground pork in the freezer to use as Sloppy Joes. It makes a ton.

  10. PINNED!

  11. Mmmm, my husband and I love pulled pork, but we’ve never tried making it ourselves before! Thanks for sharing!


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