Pulled Pork Recipes Perfect for Tailgating
Score big with one of these sweet-and-smoky, game-winning plays.
It’s October: time to dig out the portable grill, don your team colors and gather your crew for a tailgate. Regardless of which team you root for there’s one thing all football fans have in common — we love to eat and drink!
One of our all-time favorites? Pulled pork sammies.
A sweet and smoky staple that has earned its place as a pre-game essential, pulled pork might just be the MVP of tailgating. It’s easy to make ahead and reheat in the parking lot (just throw a covered aluminum pan of saucy pulled pork on your portable grill over indirect heat) and it tastes even better when it’s made a day or two in advance (because the flavors have more time to develop).
Best of all, there are a lot of ways to make a tender, delicious pork roast — so you don’t have to sweat it if you don’t have a smoker, tons of time or a pit master-approved dry rub recipe.
Roast It in the Oven
A tried-and-true method for a tender pork roast, this recipe is all about “low-and-slow” cooking. Keep the temperature of the oven low so that the meat stays moist as it cooks; it will take several hours for the roast to reach the right internal temperature — but it will be worth the wait.
Cook It in the Instant Pot®
For great results in a fraction of the time, take advantage of this gadget’s many cook settings. Use your multi-cooker's sauté feature to brown the pork and reduce the cooking juices; choose the pressure cycle to cook the pork in just one hour.
Start It on the Stovetop
Before you pop your pork roast into the slow cooker, brown it in a skillet on the stovetop. This extra step only takes a few minutes — and the pan drippings will add amazing flavor to your cooking liquid.
Simmer It the Slow Cooker
The ultimate set-it-and-forget-it recipe! This pulled pork has so much flavor — and making it is as easy as putting ingredients into your slow cooker.
Make It Healthy
This quick and easy pulled pork recipe relies on lean pork tenderloin and a bold blend of spices (like cumin, cinnamon and cayenne) to make a healthy and flavorful version of the classic.