Carolina Pulled Pork BBQ #Recipe

Carolina Pulled Pork Barbecue

North Carolina may have a lot of awesome achievements under its belt, but none of them top the Carolina BBQ. I’ve had pork barbecue in many places and if it’s not Carolina style I don’t want it. To ease my cravings when money is tight and going out isn’t an option I’ve learned how to make the perfect Carolina Pork Barbecue at home.

This recipe is great for a hot summer day when you don’t want to turn the stove on. Just pull out your slow cooker and gather a few simple ingredients. I’ll leave some affiliate links to where to get some of the harder to find ingredients online.

What I love most about this recipe is that you can eat it for days. Freeze anything that won’t be eaten within 2 or 3 days and enjoy later. This is truly a budget-friendy meal.

Carolina Pulled Pork Barbecue

Ingredients:

  • 1- 6 to 8-pound pork shoulder, bone-in
  • 2 tablespoons organic paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 2 cups organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup organic honey
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (more if desired)

Directions:

Mix the paprika, pepper, and salt together in a bowl and use as a rub for the pork shoulder.

Add remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and give a good whisk to mix everything together. Carefully place the pork shoulder in the slow cooker.

Cover and cook on low for 8 – 10 hours or on high for 5 – 7 hours.

Transfer the meat to a platter and shred by using 2 forks, one in each hand, to pull the pork in opposing directions. If the meat isn’t easily shredding you can use a hand mixer or stand mixer to do the work for you, just be sure to work in small batches so you don’t make a mess!

Once the pork is shredded start adding the reserved liquid from the crock pot to just slightly moisten the meat. Don’t drown it now.

Carolina Pulled Pork Barbecue

Top off with your favorite fresh veggies and/or slaw and you’re set. For a complete meal serve these up with a healthy side of sweet potato fries.

Carolina Pork BBQ

Carolina Pork BBQ

Ingredients

  • 1- 6 to 8 pound pork shoulder, bone-in
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (more if desired)

Instructions

  1. Mix the paprika, pepper, and salt together in a bowl and use as a rub for the pork shoulder. Add remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and give a good whisk to mix everything together.
  2. Carefully place the pork shoulder in the slow cooker.Cover and cook on low for 8 - 10 hours or on high for 5 - 7 hours.
  3. Transfer the meat to a platter and shred by using 2 forks, one in each hand, to pull the pork in opposing directions. If the meat isn't easily shredding you can use a hand mixer or stand mixer to do the work for you, just be sure to work in small batches so you don't make a mess!
  4. Once the pork is shredded start adding the reserved liquid from the crock pot to just slightly moisten the meat
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Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:

  • 4 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1 ½ t. smoked paprika
  • 1 T. sea salt

Directions:

Carolina Pulled Pork Barbecue

Preheat oven to 375F

Peel sweet potatoes and slice into equal-sized long rectangular pieces. Try to avoid leaving tapered ends as they will become too crisp while the thicker parts are still baking.

Place potato slices on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper and drizzle with olive oil. Toss potatoes with your hands until thoroughly coated in oil. Arrange into a single layer without touching. Sprinkle with paprika and salt and put in the oven.

Bake for about 20 minutes, turning once, or until fries are crisp and golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

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