Easy Oven Pulled Pork


This is my grandmother's no-fail pork recipe and it produces tender, moist, rich meat. Pulled pork is so versatile-use it in sandwiches, tacos, stews, and pasta ragu. Or make it ahead of time and keep it in a slow cooker for BBQ sliders. A great, inexpensive option to serve at a party. My favorite way to eat this is on a bun with lots of tangy barbecue sauce and slaw.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 5 mins
10 servings


  • 1 (5 pound) bone-in pork butt

  • 8 cloves garlic

  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

  2. Use a pairing knife to cut 8 small slits into the pork, about 1 1/2 inches deep. Insert a garlic clove into each slit. Sprinkle pork evenly on all sides with salt and pepper. Place pork, fat-side up, in a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  3. Cook in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

  4. Reduce heat to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Carefully pour 3/4 cup water around the sides of the pork. Cover with foil and cook for 1 1/2 hours. Remove foil and continue to cook until pork is tender and meat has pulled away from the bone, about 1 1/2 hours more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

  5. Remove from the oven and let stand for 20 minutes. Remove large fat layer and any other large pieces of fat. Pull pork apart and shred.

Cook's Notes:

Pork butt is sometimes referred to as pork shoulder in the grocery store.

This entire recipe can also be cooked on Low in a slow cooker for 6 to 8 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

484 Calories
40g Fat
2g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 484
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40g 51%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 130mg 43%
Sodium 3403mg 148%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 510mg 11%

* 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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