Looking for the Tastiest BBQ Pulled Pork recipe ever? My fellow PTO Moms have shared the secret to making the best barbecue pulled pork ever.
The PTO Mom BBQ Pulled Pork Story
Every few months I crave a pulled pork sandwich, but I always have to visit a local barbecue place to buy one. I have never been able to make anything at home as delicious as the barbecue pulled pork I’ve eaten elsewhere. Until now… my fellow PTO Moms have shared their secrets to making the best barbecue pulled pork ever!
I joined the PTO Board (Parent-Teacher Organization) this year with the hope that I could contribute to my daughters’ educational experiences this year. In addition to becoming co-secretary, I also gained a few new friends who love to cook easy dinners for their family as much as I do.
One night while talking about meal planning I learned I wasn’t alone in my pulled pork troubles. According to the PTO Moms, shredded pork is very easy. You just have to make in a crockpot with the correct ratio of dry and wet ingredients. This is where I was going wrong – the dry rub and cooking liquids! My pulled pork was either flavorless, too dry, or too salty. The PTO Mom recipe calls for just the right amount of seasoning and three different liquids combined. I know that one could make the pulled pork with just soda, but I like the combination of apple juice, apple cider, and cola. It makes for the tastiest BBQ pulled pork sandwich I’ve ever had at home.
Tip: I top my sandwich with coleslaw and Cape Cod potato chips – but you could eat it plain!
- Bone in pork butt/Boston butt
- Dry Rub:
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons black pepper
- 4 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
- optional: 1/2 tablespoon cayenne for heat if you want it
- 1 cup apple juice
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup Coca-Cola
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire
- BBQ sauce (Sweet Baby Ray's or your fav)
- Combine dry rub ingredients in a bowl.
- Pat Pork dry and press dry rub into the meat (on both sides).
- Place in crockpot. Pour liquids around the meat.
- Cook on low for 8-10 hrs or on high for 5 hrs.
- An hour before it's done, take the pork out of the crock pot. Drain the liquid into a pot and set aside. Don't throw it away!
- Use two forks to shred the pork. Add the BBQ sauce. If needed, add reserved juice to keep it moist.
- Cook for one hour. Monitor to make sure it stays moist - add more juices if needed.
Doing the BBQ sauce for last hour makes it nice and thick and "sticky" from the sugars in the sauce.