Rating: 3.43 stars
559 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 109
  • 4 star values: 165
  • 3 star values: 175
  • 2 star values: 77
  • 1 star values: 33

Pork shoulder, a well-marbled cut available at most supermarkets, turns fork-tender after long, slow cooking. Ours is especially succulent with a spice rub and vinegar.

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with racks in lower and upper positions. In a small bowl, combine sugar, cayenne, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper.

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  • Place pork in a 5-quart Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed pot; rub with spice mixture.

  • In a medium bowl, combine vinegar, garlic, and 1/2 cup water; pour over pork. Cover pot, and place in oven on lower rack. Bake until pork is very tender and separates easily when pulled with a fork, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

  • Transfer pork to a work surface, reserving pan juices. With two forks, shred meat. Transfer to a large bowl, and toss with pan juices to moisten (you may not need all the juices). Pile pork on rolls, and top with barbecue sauce, if desired.

Reviews (25)

559 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 109
  • 4 star values: 165
  • 3 star values: 175
  • 2 star values: 77
  • 1 star values: 33
Rating: Unrated
11/02/2019
isn't this a candidate for the crock pot? does it have to be done in the oven?
Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2019
I did not have any cayenne pepper, (shame on me), so I substituted red pepper flakes. Filled instructions to a tee. I needed 3 hours with my antique oven and it turned out Fantabulous! I’m not sure why others had problems; maybe equipment issues? Will definitely make again. It was so easy and so tasty!!
Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2018
I have made this delicious pulled pork 3x now and absolutely flawless results... Martha knows what she’s doing never doubt her... use a Dutch oven with a tight fitting lid... this recipe calls for boneless... if you’re going to use a bone in joint then I would advise even slow cooking it can fall off the bone... me and my family adore this recipe and we will carry it through all our generations to come... thank you Martha from the bottom of our hearts... god bless you!!
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Rating: 5 stars
05/14/2017
Made it as directed, turn out fabulous. Dutch oven 2 1/2 hours, meat was falling apart. After pulling apart added juice from pan and BBQ sauce. Served with coleslaw and baked beans. This will be my go to recipe. thank you.
Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2015
This recipe is amazing, I made it both in a crockpot and a dutch oven (simultaneously) I was running out of time. 2.5 hours later, the {dutch oven} was finished to perfection while the crockpot still had several hours left. I believe the secret is in the quality dutch oven (or at the very least) the seal of the pot. I have recreated the recipe to fit our flavor palates. But Martha's recipe knocked it out of the park!
Rating: Unrated
02/16/2015
I've used this recipe numerous times and have always had great success. I usually put it in the oven and it'll take around 2 1/2 hours. I end up substituting the vinegar with a honey blonde ale, which lends it a sweetness that my friends can't get enough of. Thank you for this recipe!
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2014
I love this recipe, it's so easy, fast and tasty. I sometimes dress up the spice rub by adding different spices to the mix. I place the pork in a ziploc with spice rub and refrigerate overnight. This is my go to recipe for pulled pork.
Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2014
Made this last night and it was SO GOOD. I don't normally eat pork, but I intend on making an exception for this recipe for many events to come. I cooked the pork in a crock pot for 8 hours on low. Super easy, low maintenance, and utterly delicious. The leftovers were just as yummy. Note: I had to double the amount of rub to get all of the pork covered.
Rating: Unrated
01/26/2014
It tasted to acid/ sour. I used white wine vinegar in stead of cider. Can that be the reason why it taste to mutch like the vinegar???
Rating: Unrated
11/06/2013
I followed the recipe exactly and it was wonderful! My shoulder roast with bone in was over 8 lbs. I cut out the bone, then cut the roast into 7 or 8 pieces (like the recipe suggests). I cooked mine for 3 hrs because of the extra meat and it came out very tender and easy to shred - mostly just mushing it with the back of my forks. I usually make pulled pork in my crockpot, but needed something quicker today. This is my new "go to" recipe!
Rating: Unrated
06/02/2013
This recipe was excellent! My family asked for seconds. The meat was tender and Juicy... cooked closer to 3 hrs. DELICIOUS!!
Rating: Unrated
03/13/2013
What a load. 2 1/2 hours at 350 degrees? Not even close to falling off the bone. Notice al the positive reviews say how they used a slow cooker for 8 hours...... wasn't nearly done and had to improvise by making family hot dogs and apologizing. Martha Stewart doesn't know a damn thing. I been cooking professionally for 17 years (way less than her). This will be the last time I take another's advice for a shortcut.
Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2013
I made this recipe in the slow cooker instead of the oven yesterday. Cooked on low for 8 hours. After 8 hours, I removed the pork, shredded it, and put it back in the slow cooker for another hour (until we were ready to eat) with a little barbecue sauce mixed in. The meat did cook down a little more than I had expected. This recipe is absolutely wonderful!! It's very easy and the meat is delicious and tender. I'll definitely be making this one again.
Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2012
This recipe is now a family favorite. It is so tasty and easy to make with readily available ingredients. Love it!
Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2012
I've made this recipe twice now and each time it has been a great success! Most pulled pork recipes require hours of slow cooking, but you would be surprised at how tender and flavourful the pork is in just two hours. I also made Martha's homemade BBQ sauce which was a winning combo!
Rating: Unrated
01/12/2012
Made this last night on a desire to try something new. Also unexpectedly got guests for dinner. All 4 of us thought it was a very good recipe and it tasted really good. I will definitely use this recipe at our summer place as doubling it will serve a lot of hungry friends cheaply and quickly. Try this, its really tasty. Served it with homemade cole slaw and steamed then pan fried small potatoes. Yum!
Rating: Unrated
09/18/2011
This is by far the yummiest pork recipe of the slow cookers on Martha's site. I've made it a few times using slightly more meat-you can adjust the amount-I'm trying it with the bone in today-in a slow cooker on low for about 8 hours that is a 4 lb piece of pork. I never have any leftovers with this dish-It's an easy delicious sandwich-be sure to add some cabbage tossed in rice wine vinegar for the topping. Enjoy!!!
Rating: Unrated
02/12/2011
excellent! made it last night and my husband, who hates anything with vinegar in it, couldn't say anything but good things about this meaty sandwich. we can't wait to have leftovers tonight! i used a slow cooker on high for 4-5 hrs. i also used a bone-in shoulder roast and once done i shredded it in the slow cooker to sop up all the wonderful juices....YUM!
Rating: Unrated
01/25/2011
This recipe is awesome! The pork was so flavorful and it was so easy to make. I am definitely going to make this again. My boyfriend could not stop telling me how delicious it was while he was eating! I don't have a dutch oven so I used a large pot and reduced the cooking time to about 1 hour and 40 minutes. I used Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce which really complimented the flavor of the pork.
Rating: Unrated
07/19/2010
This recipe is even easier to do in the crock pot! Just put it in in the morning (on low 6-8 hours) and dinner is ready and waiting when you get home from work! my family LOVES it!
Rating: Unrated
05/29/2009
We don't eat pork, can I use beef?
Rating: Unrated
11/01/2008
According to the Prep Schedule, you could leave the rub on overnight. When I tried this, juices accumulated in the pot. Should I leave the juices, adding the vinegar mixture to it? Or, should I pour out the juices?
Rating: Unrated
10/22/2008
These sandwiches are great! We used a big picnic shoulder ($1.49/pd) and tripled the recipe. It fed my whole family and still had plenty of leftovers all week. I will be making this again and again!!
Rating: Unrated
04/28/2008
Definitely a winner.....
Rating: Unrated
04/21/2008
I used a 2 lb pork shoulder, and put it all in the crockpot on low for 8 hours. It was very good and moist, and we put it on pitas (ran out of bread!). Added a side of baby spinage salad, and it was a simiple, and yummy dinner.