North Carolina Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork Barbecue
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  • Total: 2 hrs
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 105 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
381 Calories
22g Fat
3g Carbs
39g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serves 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 381
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 143mg 48%
Sodium 245mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 39g
Calcium 40mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This tasty pulled pork is made with a spiced vinegar sauce in the North Carolina style. This version is made with a small amount of ketchup and a few spices, along with some chili powder and Tabasco sauce. Top sandwiches off with ​a vinegar-based Carolina Slaw.


  • 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 pounds pork shoulder roast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Cider vinegar and Tabasco, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Brown roast in a small amount of fat; place in a large roasting or baking pan.

  2. Mix the next 9 ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour over roast and cover with foil.

  3. Bake the roast in a preheated 325 F oven, about 40 minutes per pound, or until done and very tender, basting occasionally with drippings.

  4. Transfer pork roast to a cutting board.

  5. Remove meat from the bone and chop or shred the pork into small pieces.

  6. Season pork to taste with additional vinegar and hot sauce.

  7. Serve the pulled pork hot with sandwich buns, coleslaw, potato salad, and baked beans.