18 BBQ Pulled Pork Recipes to Add to Your Cookout Menu

Sweet, smoky and perfectly tangy — nothing beats tender pulled pork. Whether you pile it high on your plate alongside cornbread or tuck it into a soft roll for an irresistible sandwich, you’ll be glad you took the time to make a batch.

May 16, 2022

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BBQ Pulled Pork

We love burgers and hot dogs as much as everyone else — but nothing beats a pile of juicy, slow-cooked pulled pork on your plate. Slathered in smoky-sweet barbecue sauce, it’s great alongside all your favorite cookout sides and salads. There are alot of great ways to make a batch for your cookout (or any occasion, really) but we think this fan-favorite recipe is a good place to start. Tyler seasons a pork roast with spicy-sweet dry rub, roasts it low and slow until it's falling apart and then serves with a tangy cider vinegar barbecue sauce.

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Beer Braised BBQ Pork Butt

This pulled pork starts out cooking at high heat in the oven until it's dark and blackened on the outside. Once the crust is formed, you lower the heat and the pork settles in for a nice, long braise.

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Pulled Pork

New to pulled pork or barbecue entirely? These step-by-step instructions will show you how to prepare a basic (but exceptional) barbecue pulled pork sandwich.

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BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

The only match for this decadent slow-cooker pulled pork is a slaw. Bev keeps hers simple: No mayo, nothing creamy, just zingy and crunchy. It's simply cabbage, carrots, cilantro or parsley, lime juice and salt.

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BBQ Peach Pulled Pork

Trisha incorporates peach jam into her barbecue sauce for a meal that’s lightly sweet and full of flavor.

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The Best Pulled Pork

Chipotle powder, apple cider and ketchup create the perfect balance of smoky, sweet and tangy without the need for a smoker or grill! For our classic, satisfying pulled pork, all that's required is a flavorful homemade rub and a long trip to the oven to cook low and slow until it's meltingly tender. Eat it as-is, or pile onto a potato roll with your favorite toppings for the ultimate sandwich. Coleslaw is a traditional accompaniment, and we love a vinegary one for the way it cuts through the richness of the pork.

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Eastern North Carolina Barbecue

This pulled pork is smoked for a few hours to give it a nice, smoky flavor, and then finished in the oven with low, steady heat until the meat is falling apart. A tangy apple cider vinegar BBQ sauce tops it off.

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Pulled Pork

Robert's classic pulled pork is delicious with any barbecue sauce and bread of your choosing.

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BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos

Molly’s nachos make for an eye-catching (and crowd-pleasing!) meal. Her little secret? She incorporates pineapple for a pop of sweetness that’s perfect with pork.

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Barbecue Pulled Pork

Pile pulled pork on a hamburger bun or roll for a super sandwich that’s sure to please.

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BBQ Pulled Pork with Gravy

The best pulled pork is cooked with low heat for a long time, and using a slow cooker ensures just that. Once cooked, whisk a cup of drippings with butter and flour for a thick, flavorful gravy.

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Hawaiian BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with Grilled Pineapple Relish

To make sure his succulent pork turns out moist and full of flavor, Jeff marinates it in a garlic powder-cumin dry rub before roasting it on a low temperature. Shred the meat and toss it with his chile sauce before piling the pork on a bun and finishing the sandwich with a sweet and spicy pineapple-jalapeno relish.

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Pulled Pork Shoulder With Lexington Style Dip Sauce

After spending 8-10 hours cooking away in the smoker, this tender pulled pork is served with a simple vinegar-based dipping sauce.

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Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

The pressure cooker gives you perfect results in a fraction of the time. Just take this fall-apart-tender pulled pork, for example. It tastes like it’s been cooking all day — even though it’s ready in record time.

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Oklahoma Joe's Pulled Pork

This classic pulled pork is cooked over low heat with oak or hickory smoke for about five hours, periodically basted with apple juice.

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Pulled Pork Sliders with Brussels Sprouts Slaw

It takes a long time to cook fall-apart-tender pulled pork — but trust us, it’s worth it!

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Spicy Pulled Pork Sliders

Jalapeno, cayenne and a spicy barbecue sauce infuse Ree’s pulled pork with the perfect amount of heat.

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Ranch Hand Sandwiches

The secret to this flavorful, slow-cooker recipe is a little bit of soda pop. Ree uses Dr Pepper. It’s a great choice; its cherry undertones pair perfectly with pork.

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