Adam's Brown Sugar Pulled Pork


Delicious, juicy, and tender pulled pork cooked in a Dutch oven with brown sugar.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs
Additional Time:
1 day
Total Time:
1 day 6 hrs 20 mins
12 servings


  • 4 water, or as needed

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 ½ cups salt

  • 1 (8 pound) bone-in pork shoulder (Boston butt), or more to taste

  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar, or as needed


  1. Combine 4 cups water, sugar, and salt in a 7- to 9-quart Dutch oven. Add pork shoulder, skin-side up. The meat should be just about covered by water but if not, add a little more. Cover and put in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

  2. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Remove the Dutch oven from the refrigerator and drain and discard brine.

  3. Cover and cook in the preheated oven, drizzling juices from the bottom of the pot over the roast with a baster to keep it moist every 45 minutes, 5 to 7 hours. Coat top of roast with brown sugar, use juices to wet brown sugar, and continue to cook until meat is tender and soft, about 1 hour longer.

  4. Transfer roast to a cutting board, remove shoulder bone, and shred meat. Return shredded meat to the Dutch oven and mix with juices. Serve.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of brine ingredients. The actual amount of brine consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

502 Calories
25g Fat
38g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 502
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 9g 46%
Cholesterol 114mg 38%
Sodium 11766mg 512%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Total Sugars 38g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 449mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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