Slow Roasted Pulled Pork

Slow Roasted Pulled Pork is a a flavor packed recipe perfect for anyone who loves a tender pulled pork sandwich.

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Pulled Pork is something we eat a lot in our house. My famous recipe among friends is Root Beer Pulled Pork. I make it often during football season. Mainly because it’s easy, feeds a lot of people and it tastes delicious. When I saw Slow Roasted Pulled Pork in Cooking Light’s newest cookbook, Lighten Up, America!, I knew we had to try it.

I’ve only made pulled pork in a slow cooker. FOr this recipe, the pork  is cooked in the oven for 4-5 hours and coated in a spice rub. I used this opportunity to cook the pork in my new Rockcrok. Any kind of dutch oven or roasting pan would work, too.

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By cooking in the oven without a lid, the pork gets super crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. It was DELICIOUS!! You can eat the pork as is or top with your favorite BBQ sauce. I like to put BBQ sauce on just about everything, so I went a little crazy with Lillie’s Q BBQ Sauce.

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Slow Roasted Pulled Pork


  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground red pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Hungarian hot paprika
  • 1 (4 3/4-pound) pork shoulder (Boston butt), trimmed
  • 8 hamburger buns
  • BBQ sauce


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 300°.
  2. 2. Combine all of the seasonings in a small bowl. Rub seasoning mixture on all sides of pork. Place pork in a shallow roasting pan or dutch oven (without the lid on).
  3. 3. Bake at 300° for 4 hours and 15 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in center registers 190 degrees and pork is very tender. The pork might reach 190 degrees before it's tender enough to shred. The pork really needs to be fork tender, then it's considered done.
  4. 4. Remove from oven. Cover with foil, and let stand 20 minutes. Remove pork from bone; shred with 2 forks. Serve on buns and top with BBQ sauce (if needed).
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Recipe from Lighten Up, America! Cooking Light’s newest cookbook.

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12 Responses

  1. Ciara @Teaspoon of Life says

    This looks amazing and I know my husband would love this!! :)
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  2. Amy | Club Narwhal says

    Meghan, this looks amazing! I usually cook pulled pork in the slow cooker, too, but all this talk about the oven-roasted crust might convert me to the oven :)
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  3. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats says

    The perfect football food! Love that you lightened this up a bit. Definitely going to have to give it a try soon, we love quick crock pot meals on a sunday afternoon! :) Thanks girl!
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  4. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen says

    OMG I just was thinking about root beer pulled pork- I have seen a few recipes lately. Love that you posted a lighter one!! Need this in my life stat!
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  5. tanya says

    I saw this recipe too and was tempted to make it. I love me some pulled pork! This looks so good Meghan!
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  6. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet says

    Love using the slow cooker for pulled pork! This looks delicious!
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