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pulled pork sandwich, pickles, sweet and sour coleslaw

Slow Roasted Pulled Pork

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 306 kcal
We had a super fun family staycation with my sister and brother in law and their kids last week. We made our favorite pulled pork recipe, perfect for a hungry crowd after a day of skiing with the kiddos.


For the Pork Roast

  • 4-5 lb bone in pork shoulder roast (sometimes called "pork butt")
  • 1/4 C spice rub (recipe to follow)
  • 2 large Navel Oranges sliced
  • 1 small Yellow Onion sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic whole
  • 1 C Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 C Water
  • 1/2 C Brown Sugar

For the Spice Rub

  • 1/2 C Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 C Smoked Paprika
  • 2 T Kosher Salt
  • 1 T Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 T Garlic Powder
  • 1 T Onion Powder
  • 1 T Cayenne


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Whisk together the spice rub ingredients to thoroughly combine them.

  2. Slice the oranges and onions, peel the garlic. Place in the bottom of a large roasting pan. This will become the "rack" for the pork roast to rest on top of. If your roasting pan has a rack in it, set it aside, the oranges and onions taste much better!

  3. Score the fat on the top of the pork in a checkerboard pattern and season liberally with 1/4 C of the spice rub. Place the roast onto the oranges and onions.

  4. Whisk together the apple cider vinegar, brown sugar and water until the sugar dissolves. Pour into the bottom of the roasting pan and cover tightly.

  5. Roast in 300 degree oven for at least 3 hours until the roast is fork tender. Using two forks, pull the pork into bite sized pieces. If you're making this up ahead of time, cool the pork in the pan juices.

Recipe Notes

This recipe freezes really well, and can be made up ahead of time.  When you are heating it, just do so on the stovetop in the pan juices that the pork cooled and stored in.

The pork makes great sandwiches with some coleslaw and pickles, but also is amazing in tacos or on pizza.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Roasted Pulled Pork
Amount Per Serving
Calories 306 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 108mg36%
Sodium 1523mg66%
Potassium 755mg22%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 1550IU31%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.