Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Spicy BBQ Pulled Pork

My Aunt Kathy makes a spicy pulled pork that is killer! I was googling spicy pulled pork recipes and came across one from “The Joy of Cooking” that got rave reviews in food blog message boards!  This rub seems similar to what she uses… so I went for it! Oh man. SO SO good.  I have extra rub left and am going to make this again this weekend! Yes, we liked it THAT much.

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Spicy BBQ Pulled Pork

Adapted from: The Joy of Cooking
Makes enough rub for 4lbs of Pork


Dry Rub:
1/4 Cup Cumin
1/4 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Sweet or Hot Paprika
1/4 Cup Chili Powder
1 tsp ground mace - I Substituted Cayenne and used more like a TBS
1/4 Cup salt
1/4 Cup Black Pepper
1 TBS Garlic Powder
Mix Together and store in an Airtight Container

Also Need:
1 Boneless Boston Butt or Pork Shoulder Roast (about 4 pounds)
I used a smaller roast and just saved the extra rub for next time!

BBQ Sauce:
1/2 Cup White Vinegar
1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp Cayenne
2 tsps Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Salt and Pepper to taste (about a tsp of each)
1 bottle of your favorite BBQ Sauce


For the Pork:
Mix Dry Rub Ingredients together. Trim excess fat from the pork roast, place into a glass dish, and thoroughly coat with spice rub. Refrigerate overnight.

The next morning, spray Crockpot with PAM and place roast gently into the bottom. Put lid on and cook on low for 8-10 hrs. Shred (removing any large bits of fat that you come across). Mix with BBQ Sauce (recipe below) and serve on Potato Rolls. Enjoy the best pork sandwich of your life! NOTE: The ACTUAL directions call for Pan Searing it on all sides, then covering it with foil and roasting it in the oven at 325 for 3 1/2 - 4 hrs. I did it Crockpot- style so I could let it cook while I was at work. It turned out fantastic so why would I do it any other way?!!

For the BBQ:
Mix all ingredients except the last one in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Add Bottle of your favorite BBQ Sauce and mix thoroughly. Serve over Pulled Pork.

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9 Responses to “Spicy BBQ Pulled Pork”

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    Char — September 23, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

    All I can say is this sounds AMAZING!! I've made just regular pulled pork in the crock pot before, but this is right up my alley! I love a little spice and who doesn't love pulled pork?! Thanks so much for posting!

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    The Comfort of Cooking — September 24, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

    Oh my gosh, YUM! Pulled pork is one of my favorite dishes, and yours looks great! I also really like pulled chicken sandwiches, too. I have a recipe for it on my blog, if you're ever curious. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe, and keep up the great work!

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    Sarah — February 28, 2012 @ 12:31 am

    I just have to tell you . . . this recipe was DELICIOUS. I made it tonight, and will make it many more times in the future. Thanks!

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    Molly — March 21, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    I am making this for Thursday’s dinner! It looks so good. I’ll let you know how it goes. I bought everything last night – all the spices I needed, and the pork butt. I can’t wait to make the dry rub tonight and get the slow cooking on tomorrow!!

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    Sam — May 28, 2012 @ 2:23 am

    Just curious…what kind of BBQ sauce did you use??

    • Tina replied: — May 28th, 2012 @ 7:55 am

      i used Bullseye Original

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    Christa — July 6, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    I am gonna put this on the menu for next week! This looks sooooooo good! Can’t wait to try it!

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    Rachel — May 12, 2016 @ 9:35 am

    I’ve been using this dry rub recipe and your ribs recipe for Super Bowl Ribs for several years, but I just made this with pulled pork for my mom’s Surprise 65th Birthday party. I cannot tell you how many people asked where I bought the meat and when I told them it was homemade wanted the recipe. I threw it on top of some big pieces of onions in a roaster and put Dr. Pepper over it and let it go all day. It was wonderful! Thank you so much! I make a huge batch of this dry rub in January and use it on everything all year…. meats, sweet potatoes, fries, etc… We love it!

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