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Oven Pulled Pork

This is the easiest Oven Pulled Pork recipe ever!  The rub is made of only two ingredients---coarse salt and black pepper, and the outcome is a moist, fall off the bone pulled pork that can be eaten alone, or topped with barbecue sauce. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Total Time5 hrs 10 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best Ever Pulled Pork, Oven Pulled Pork, Pulled Pork
Servings: 20 people
Calories: 247kcal
Author: Barbara


  • 8 pound pork butt (pork shoulder), with fat cap intact
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 1/2 cup coarse salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • With a sharp knife, score the fat cap into a diamond pattern. Be sure to cut through the fat all the way to the meat.
  • Mix together salt and pepper. Rub all sides generously with mixture.
  • Put rubbed meat - fat cap side up - into a deep aluminum foil pan; cover tightly with 2 layers of aluminum foil.
  • Bake until internal temperature reaches 200 degrees F, approximately 5 to 6 hours.
  • Uncover, pour off excess liquid, and shred meat with two forks or meat claws.


  • The best cut of meat to make oven roasted pulled pork is a pork butt.  In all reality, "pork butt" actually comes from the pork shoulder.
  • You can change up the rub in a million different ways, but we prefer a simple rub of salt and pepper.  You may need more or less than the measurements we list depending on the size of your pork butt.  A good rule of thumb is to use 2 parts salt and 1 part black pepper.
  • We prefer to use a coarse salt like kosher salt for the pulled pork rub.
  • Using a deep disposable aluminum pan is our preference, but you can use a roasting pan or baking dish.
  • Cover with 2 layers of aluminum foil; we prefer the heavy duty type.
  • The internal temperature should read 200 degrees when the barbecue pulled pork is ready; use a standard meat thermometer or a digital meat thermometer.
  • If you love pulled pork, you'll also love BBQ Shredded Beef using the Instant Pot.


Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 2948mg | Potassium: 654mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg