Barbecue Pulled Pork

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When I’m at the grocery store, I usually have the three criteria running through my head:

  1. Can baby jack chew it?
  2. Does it cost less than a million dollars?
  3. Can I make it with less than 15 minutes of effort?

Last week I was staring at the butcher blankly.  I saw pork shoulder.  They were cheap.  I figured I could cook a pork shoulder low and slow and it would taste good and be tender enough for Jack.  I planned on buying a jar of barbecue sauce, but I forgot (I think this was the day Grace demanded she wear a bike helmet to the grocery store then proceeded to head butt Jack Jack with her princess helmet as we were cruising up and down the aisles.)

I got home and said a bad word when I realized I forgot the one thing (barbecue sauce) that was supposed to make my dinner taste good.  Then a quick Google search, and I realized I can make my own barbecue sauce with stuff I already had in my kitchen.  Ketchup + Brown Sugar + Worcestershire Sauce = Barbecue Sauce.  I added in some garlic and some apple cider vinegar, but I think it would have tasted just fine without it.

I literally put the entire pork shoulder in a big (oven safe) pot.  I glugged a lot of ketchup and a little bit of brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce.  A sprinkle of apple cider vinegar and some whole garlic cloves.  Then I put the entire thing in the oven for 6-ish hours at 275 degrees.  I pulled it out and shredded it with two forks.  Prep took about 3 minutes.  Shredding took another 3 minutes.  Dinner = done.

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I served on thick sliced bread (recipe coming soon!) with a simple salad: tomato, cucumber, feta cheese, mint.

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Barbecue Pulled Pork


  • 3 - 4 pound pork shoulder
  • 2 cups ketchep
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 6 cloves garlic


  • Pick a large, oven-safe pot.  This can be stainless steel or copper or cast iron or . . . anything that doesn’t have nonstick coating or have plastic handles.  You also want it to have a lid to keep all the goodness inside.
  • Place all ingredients in the pot.  :) No certain order other than the pork should be on the bottom of the pot. 
  • Place pot in the oven at 275 for 6-ish hours.