It is pulled pork season, graduation and summer parties, but not everybody has a smoker. But you want great pulled pork anyways. Here are six simple recipes all with easy to follow step by step photo instructions to help you out.
Everybody deserves great pulled pork, and there are just so many ways to get there. So I will assume you do not have a smoker but would love pulled pork but with only a little work.
“Real” Pulled Pork from Pork Butt
Real pulled pork must come from pork butt. It is just the way it is folk. But it doesn’t need to be hard nor do you require a smoker.
What is Pork Butt AKA Boston Butt?
Like many cuts of meat, there are multiple names about the same thing. Pork butt and Boston butt are the same.
Pork shoulder is the thinner area of this cut but is commonly cooked and used the same as the butt. It has a bit less marbling and less fat and is usually not separated from the butt. But usually, the term pork shoulder is used interchangeably with pork butt and Boston butt.
If you are wondering, butt means thick, so that is why the term “butt” is used. Lastly, the picnic ham and picnic shoulder are not the same as this cut.
First Grilled/Smoked Pulled Pork from Butt. This is the real thing done on your gas grill set up to smoke.
My Oven Pulled Pork from Pork Butt. This is what I usually do when I get a pork butt. So easy and the house smells wonderful.
And the last of the “real pulled pork from butt recipes,” but it comes out of your crock pot. It seems everybody wants this recipe.
“Fake” Pulled Pork from Other Cuts of Pork
Other cuts of pork can be used for a “fake” pulled pork. Here are a couple of pork loin and a pork tenderloin method.
Both will produce near pork butt quality pork that is much lower in fat. The term “shredded” pork may be more accurate.
I have used the pork loin methods for cooking for groups up to 50 servings. And I love the smaller tenderloin version.
One Last Thing
To have great BBQ, you need a great sauce. This is it. This could make cardboard taste good but add it to some great pulled pork, and you are in pig heaven.
Originally Published April 28, 2019
Have a great summer,