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Who doesn’t love The Pioneer Woman? There was a period in which I could expect the question, “Is this a Pioneer Woman recipe?” whenever a new menu item appeared that my husband loved. We are taken with her Braised Beef Brisket (minus the liquid smoke and less soy than called for), and Steak Bites (which, with a little Worcestershire added, are something even my not-overly-excited-about-meat son gets excited about).
The third member of this meat trifecta of love is Pulled Pork.
The original recipe is called Spicy Shredded Pork, and as written is to be served in tortillas … Tex Mex style. I changed up the seasoning a bit and serve it with BBQ.
One spice I added to the recipe is Smoked Paprika. You might not have used it before. This is something I’ve only recently discovered, and I love the smoky flavor it brings to the dish. If you don’t have it, just leave it out or substitute regular Paprika. I’ve made it both ways and it is equally delicious.
Pork Butt (or Shoulder) is very frugal, in fact it’s one of the cheapest cuts of meat, and makes a huge amount.
And because it makes so much, it’s perfect for feeding a crowd — the ultimate potluck recipe.
Or you can do what I do when I make it for our family – pack up half of it to freeze for a ready made meal to grab on those crazy nights.
This Pulled Pork Freezes Beautifully!
It’s great on buns for sandwiches, but I usually serve it with my homemade Texas Toast or soft baked rolls. I also like to serve something to cut through the richness of the meat – like coleslaw or pickles – something with a little vinegar-y kick.
Cook it in a large foil pan and you’ll have virtually no clean up! (Tip: The Dollar Store is the best place to buy foil pans– I stock up whenever I’m there).
This pulled pork cooks for about 7 hours, so be sure to plan ahead. The long cook time is the secret to tender, fall-apart meat. If you take it out and it is tough … put it back in!
We usually have Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce in our fridge. Sometimes, if it’s on sale, I’ll pick up Famous Dave’s Rich and Sassy. And if we’re really lucky, we’ve got a bottle from Rudy’s BBQ in Texas, snagged from family who live there.
What’s your favorite BBQ Sauce? I’d love to try it!
I hope your family enjoys this as much as we do!
Here’s the printable recipe, including freezing instructions:
Recipe adapted from this one.