The 17 Best Pulled Pork Recipes

Make It on the Grill, in a Slow Cooker or an Instant Pot

Crock Pot Pork Shoulder for Pulled Pork Sandwiches

The Spruce Eats

Pulled pork is a Southern barbecue tradition with a long history — and a savory, mouthwatering flavor that has made it popular nationwide. People line up for the tender, saucy pork shoulder at food trucks, barbecue pits, game-day events, and backyard grilling parties. Whether you prefer your meat mild or spicy on a plate, sandwiched between buns with coleslaw, or piled into flour tortillas, there's no doubt that it makes a tasty, satisfying meal. With the recipes below, you can make it juicy, tender, and delicious every time on the grill, in the oven, slow cooker, or even the Instant Pot.

  • 01 of 17

    Best Odds Pulled Pork

    Best Odds Pulled Pork

    Larry Hoffman/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    Follow the step-by-step instructions in this recipe to make a platter of pulled pork for a crowd. Tips are included for selecting the right cut of pork, preparing the meat, proper cooking temperature, and saucing the cooked dish.

  • 02 of 17

    Carolina-Style Pulled Pork Barbecue

    Carolina-Style Pulled Pork Barbecue

    Danielle Scott/Flickr

    Carolina-style pulled pork has all the fantastic flavor you would expect from Southern barbecue and it starts with an inexpensive boneless pork butt (a shoulder cut). The meat is rubbed with spices and refrigerated overnight before smoking for hours on the grill until it becomes fall-apart tender.

  • 03 of 17

    Crock Pot Pork Shoulder for Pulled Pork Sandwiches

    Crock Pot Pork Shoulder for Pulled Pork Sandwiches

    The Spruce Eats

    Your crockpot is the secret to this fantastic, budget-friendly pork shoulder that essentially makes itself. The long, slow cooking produces ultra-tender meat that can be combined with your favorite barbecue sauce to create hearty sandwiches.

  • 04 of 17

    Instant Pot Pulled Pork

    Instant Pot Pulled Pork

    Diana Rattray

    Skip all-day cooking and enjoy meaty pulled pork as a weeknight dinner or game-day snack by using an Instant Pot. This recipe produces tender, juicy meat in under an hour with just a couple of minutes needed up front to load in the pork and seasonings.

    Continue to 5 of 17 below.
  • 05 of 17

    Korean Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

    Korean Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

    micha/Getty Images

    Korean-style pulled pork is sweet, spicy, and easy to make in the slow cooker. You need only a handful of ingredients, including gochujang, a spicy fermented red chili paste that adds outstanding flavor to the meat. Use for fusion food pork tacos or tasty sandwiches topped with kimchi.

  • 06 of 17

    Southern Barbecue Pulled Pork

    Southern Barbecue Pulled Pork for Sandwiches

    Grilled Cheese Social

    Coffee brings out more of the spicy, saucy flavors of this Southern style pulled pork. It goes into the dry spice mix along with cayenne pepper, chili powder, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. The meat starts cooking in the smoker and finishes in the oven for ultra-tender meat.

  • 07 of 17

    Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork

    Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork

    Tom Pennington/Getty Images

    A Texas-style barbecue sauce is the knockout secret to this recipe for luscious pulled pork that cooks all day in your slow cooker. Before dinner, take 10 minutes to make a quick stovetop sauce and add it to the meat during the final half hour of cooking.

  • 08 of 17

    Spicy Pulled Pork

    Spicy Pulled Pork

    Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    If spicy food is your thing, this is the barbecue recipe for you. Make the tongue-tingling pulled pork sandwich of your dreams with a piquant dry rub made from easy-to-find pantry spices.

    Continue to 9 of 17 below.
  • 09 of 17

    Southwestern-Style Pulled Pork

    Southwestern-Style Pulled Pork

    Lauri Patterson/Getty Images

    Southwestern-style pulled pork delivers plenty of down-home flavor with a little spice to make it nice. The flavors of cumin, chili powder, garlic, and allspice come through in this low and slow-smoked pork recipe that tastes fantastic piled onto buns with barbecue sauce and a scoop of creamy coleslaw.

  • 10 of 17

    Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork

    Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork

    Diana Rattray

    Thrill game-day guests with this recipe for unforgettable Mexican-style pulled pork tacos loaded with meat and crunchy bell pepper strips. The slow cooker makes it a snap to prepare the meat while you go about your day, so it's ready to pile into tortillas at viewing time.

  • 11 of 17

    Memphis-Style Pulled Pork

    Memphis-Style Pulled Pork

    Richard/Flickr

    Memphis-style barbecue pulled pork is a succulent combination of sweet and spicy. The meat is prepared with a spice rub, then placed into the smoker to cook low and slow for eight hours. The recipe includes a tangy finishing sauce that gets zing from mustard and Louisiana hot sauce.

  • 12 of 17

    Crock Pot Chipotle Pulled Pork

    Crock Pot Chipotle Pulled Pork

    Diana Rattray

    Succulent pulled pork gets a dose of smoky, spicy flavor in this crock pot recipe. The meat is slathered in an easy, irresistible blend of store-bought barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.

    Continue to 13 of 17 below.
  • 13 of 17

    Oven Pulled Pork Barbecue

    Oven Pulled Pork Barbecue

    Diana Rattray

    Here's an easy, apartment-friendly recipe for barbecue-style pulled pork made in the oven. Inexpensive pork shoulder is slathered in mustard and spices and roasted slowly in the oven before being shredded and combined with a quick homemade barbecue sauce.

  • 14 of 17

    Pulled Pork With Spicy Chili Sauce

    Pulled Pork with Spicy Chili Sauce

    Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    Hickory-smoked pork infused with a spicy-sweet chili and brown sugar rub makes a tasty filling for sandwiches or a great meal on its own. The included recipe for a homemade, cayenne-spiked barbecue sauce will blow up your taste buds in a good way!

  • 15 of 17

    Slow Cooker Carolina Pulled Pork

    Slow Cooker Carolina Pulled Pork

    Lauri Patterson/Getty Images

    Consider this your shortcut to Carolina-style pulled pork without all the work of minding a hot smoker. It's well worth the few minutes it takes to sear the meat on your stovetop, before adding it to your crockpot with liquids.

  • 16 of 17

    Pulled Pork with Wet Mustard Rub

    Pulled Pork with Wet Mustard Rub

    Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    In this recipe, boneless pork shoulder meat is rubbed with a Dijon mustard paste that includes parsley, rosemary, dried citrus zest, before it's smoked for several hours. Use a mortar and pestle or a kitchen spice grinder, to mince the rub ingredients.

    Continue to 17 of 17 below.
  • 17 of 17

    Charcoal Grill Pulled Pork

    Charcoal Grill Pulled Pork

    Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    You don't need a smoker for this pulled pork cooked on a charcoal grill. The meat is injected with marinade, then coated in a dry spice rub, and heated to juicy perfection. Plan for around one hour of cooking time for every pound of meat in addition to prep time.