15 Top-Rated Pulled Pork Recipes for Sandwiches, Salads, and More
Pulled pork is popular at potlucks, big at backyard barbeques, a fan favorite at family picnics, or even adored at your typical Wednesday evening family dinner. Whether it's tucked into a bun with slaw, served over a baked potato, or eaten as is with other barbeque sides, hearty pulled pork is sure to impress any size crowd. Good pulled pork can be made a variety of ways — in the slow cooker, oven, Instant Pot, and grill, and flavoring it may only require a handful of pantry staple spices and sauces. Try out this versatile dish with these 15 top-rated pulled pork recipes.
Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork
Cooked low and slow, this pork shoulder breaks down until it's melt-in-your-mouth tender. The base starts with store-bought sauce, but it's dressed up with the addition of apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, and a world of spices.
Pineapple Pulled Pork Al Pastor
Inspired by the famous taco, this pulled pork spends nearly a full day in a pineapple juice-infused brine. It's then rubbed down with spices, thrown on the grill, and served up with tangy pineapple salsa.
Instant Pot® Dr Pepper® Pulled Pork
While it might seem a strange addition to pulled pork, Dr. Pepper adds a zippy bite to the pulled pork. Since this recipe is made in the Instant Pot, you'll have dinner ready in just an hour and a half.
Bob's Pulled Pork on a Smoker
Including a brine, rub, sauce, and trip to the smoker, this recipe pulls out all the stops, and you'll be rewarded for your hard labor with some of the best pulled pork you'll ever eat.
North Carolina Pulled Pork
Known for its tang, Carolina barbeque sauce gets its distinct flavor from a hefty dose of vinegar. "This is the absolute best and easiest pulled pork recipe I have ever used," says reviewer Pam.
Bourbon-Mango Pulled Pork
A little sweet, spicy, and smoky, this pulled pork recipe relies on an unusual ingredient combination for bold flavor. Reviewer Annie says, "Oh my oh my, this is without a doubt the best pulled pork I have ever had, bar none!"
Slow Cooker Beer Pulled Pork
It doesn't get much simpler than this easy pulled pork recipe. Just combine a pork butt, one can of beer, and a bottle of barbeque sauce to create this flavorful dish.
Bourbon Bacon Pulled Pork
Sweet brown sugar is balanced out with the bite of bourbon and savory notes of crumbled bacon in this rich pulled pork recipe. "It's got a lot of sweetness so if you do use a BBQ sauce I'd use a spicy one rather than sweet," suggests lutzflcat.
Pressure Cooker Barbeque Pork
There's no need to dedicate an entire afternoon to making delicious pulled pork for the whole family. Thanks to the pressure cooker, you can have everything done in just over an hour.
Exquisite Pulled Pork
A few unusual ingredients — like molasses, tomato paste, and balsamic vinegar — give this pulled pork a burst of flavor. "All my boys loved it! No one was talking while eating this it was so good," says NANUQ2003.
Apple Cider Pulled Pork with Caramelized Onion and Apples
Granny Smith apples and caramelized onions pair up to add bold flavor to this pulled pork. Pick your favorite type of apple cider for cooking the pork in, keeping in mind that notes of sweetness and dryness will come through in the finished dish.
Spicy Pulled Pork Pushover
Missouri Miner Pulled Pork
This tasty recipe gets a triple hit of smokiness from chipotle chili peppers, smoked paprika, and liquid smoke. Balance it out with a little sweet barbeque sauce, and you'll soon be on your way to pulled pork heaven.
Juicy Pulled Pork
Although pulled pork is often made with pork roast or shoulder, this recipe uses pork chops instead for a convenient meal. Check your freezer. You may have everything you need to make it already on hand.
3 Ingredient Pulled Pork Barbeque
It doesn't get much easier than this pulled pork recipe. An envelope of dry onion soup mix is the secret ingredient to infusing the pork with rich flavor while in the slow cooker.