BBQ Pulled Pork (with Homemade BBQ Sauce)

I usually talk a lot in my posts. I mean really. A lot.

And sometimes about everything BUT the food that is being offered.

Hey, you should know, right? You’re the ones reading them, after all.

Truth is, I probably talk too much but no one will ever tell me because you’re all way too polite for that!

And you are just the sweetest things!

BBQ Pulled Pork | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

But, tonight I won’t be saying much. I won’t be saying much at all!

Tonight, food will be the true star, here. For you see, I think I got a little bit carried away when I took the pictures of this delicious-melt-in-your-mouth-throw-you-right-to the-floor-and-make-you-beg-for-more BBQ Pulled Pork. 

And now, well, I’d much rather share those pictures with you than tell you all about it.

A picture is worth a thousand words, isn’t that what they say?

BBQ Pulled Pork | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

So if you don’t mind, let me turn this into a pornographic post.

Or porkographic, rather!

For frankly, can one ever get enough of looking at pictures of Pulled Pork?

I don’t think I can!

So let’s check out the recipe first, and let our mouths water right after!

(or you can skip right to the pictures and get back to the recipe later… I promise I won’t tell!)

BBQ Pulled Pork

Yield: Serves 6

NF based on 1 of 6 servings

BBQ Pulled Pork


  • A pastured pork butt or shoulder of about 1½ kg
  • 1½ cups BBQ Sauce
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, smashed


  1. Remove netting from roast if present. Season pork generously with salt and pepper and cover it with BBQ Sauce (you’ll need about ¼ cup)
  2. Put the meat in a resealable plastic bag, close it nice and tight and refrigerate overnight or at least 6 hours.
  3. Place the meat in a Dutch oven, add garlic cloves and enough water to half cover the roast. Put the lid on and cook in a 250F oven for 5 hours.
  4. Drain all but about 1 cup of the liquid that’s left at the bottom of the Dutch oven (don’t throw it out, though, that stuff is delicious! You’ll want to hang on to it and use it in soups or sauces)
  5. Use two forks to pull the meat into strands and mix that with the remaining cooking liquid. Add the rest of the BBQ sauce and mix until well combined.
  6. Put the lid back on and return to oven for about 30 minutes or until nice and warm.

BBQ Pulled Pork | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

After 5 hours in the oven, the pork roast is done and ready for action

BBQ Pulled Pork | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Grab 2 forks and pull that pork to shreds

BBQ Pulled Pork | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Add some of that delicious BBQ Sauce

BBQ Pulled Pork | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Oh yeah. That’s what I’m talking about…

Pouuuur some sugar on meeeeee! 

BBQ Pulled Pork | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Mix that sauce in nice and good

BBQ Pulled Pork | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

YUM! Does that look good or what?

Be still my heart!

BBQ Pulled Pork | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

We’re finally all good and ready to serve

BBQ Pulled Pork | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Pass your plate please?

BBQ Pulled Pork | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Here you go my dear, will that suffice?

You know, there’s plenty more where that came from if you want to come back for seconds… 

BBQ Pulled Pork | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Oh lordy lord, silly me, I forgot to give you a fork!

Guess you’re gonna need one of those, right?

BBQ Pulled Pork | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

And there you have it. Dig right in, my friend!

Feel like eating pulled pork yet?

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  1. says

    I’ve been looking for a good BBQ recipe and this one looks delicious. I LOVE that you use your own BBQ sauce that doesn’t use ketchup (which is surprisingly rare!) and is sweetened with date paste rather than the typical brown sugar. I’m definitely saving this recipe to try soon. Thanks for sharing!

  2. joanan says

    i wont lie. pork is my favorite food. i LOVE pork butt roasts. i would’ve been doing the same thing- taking tons of pork photos. porkographic is my new favorite word haha

  3. says

    “A picture is worth a thousand words”, it really depends on the picture but in this case YES, it really is.
    That is pulled pork perfection and with all that amazing barbecue sauce…one of the most awesome meal you can think of.

  4. says

    This must be kismet! I was asking my boyfriend what to serve at our next family dinner and (after some serious consideration) the answer was “pulled pork”. Thanks for the wonderful recipe! Sure to make my darling happy indeed :)

  5. Krista says

    The pics are definitely food porn. Love a good pulled pork bbq, and love your version because it is compliant with whole30. One quick question though… Do you have a recipe for the purple cabbage stuff you have in the pic with the pork? The look delicious together!

    • says

      Thanks for your kind words, Krista. That is very nice of you to say! I haven’t included a recipe for the slaw, but it’s very easy to make, really. All you do is shred the cabbage very thinly (I use my trusty mandolin for that) then add a little bit of fresh parsley, a few tablespoons of olive oil, a splash of white balsamic vinegar, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. This keeps in the fridge for quite a while, too! You can make a big batch on Sunday and have it last you the whole week! In fact, it even gets better after sitting in the fridge for a couple of days…

  6. Caitlin says

    This recipe looks fantastic, but unfortunately the BBQ sauce isn’t Whole30 compliant because of the vanilla in the date paste. Darn! What would you recommend as a swap?

  7. Nikki says

    This has been in my oven for 4 hours and the house smells heavenly!!! I can’t wait for everything to be finished.

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