Hickory Pulled Pork

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  • Portion size 8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (about 3 lbs/1.5 kg)
  • 8 crusty rolls halved
Barbecue sauce:
  • 1 bottle (455 ml) hickory barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce


Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C).

Combine paprika, brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, thyme, salt and pepper. Untie roast if necessary. Rub spice mixture over pork; transfer to bowl or resealable plastic bag. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or for up to 24 hours.

In large ovenproof skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; brown roast on all sides. Place in oven for 2-1/2 hours or until meat thermometer inserted in centre registers
160°F (70°C). Transfer pork to cutting board; tent with foil and let stand for 20 minutes to let cool. Using 2 forks or hands, pull pork into shreds and place in bowl.

Barbecue Sauce: Meanwhile, in saucepan, bring barbecue sauce, brown sugar, vinegar and hot pepper sauce to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Pour 1-1/2cups (375 mL) of the sauce over pork, tossing to coat. Pile onto rolls. Drizzle with remaining sauce.

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Hickory Pulled Pork