Carolina Pulled Pork Recipe

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Vincent Jenkins Modified: March 23, 2022
Carolina Pulled Pork Recipe

How To Make Carolina Pulled Pork

This Carolina pulled pork may take a lot of cook time, but its taste makes it all worth it. The meat is slowly roasted for 12 hours before it’s smoked.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 13 hours
Total: 13 hours 15 minutes



  • 1cupdijon mustard
  • 2tbspdark brown sugar
  • 2tbspkosher salt
  • 2tbsppepper,freshly ground
  • 1tbspsweet paprika
  • 1tbsponion powder
  • 1pork shoulder with skin,bone-in
  • 50hardwood charcoal briquettes
  • 8cupssmall hardwood smoking chips
  • Eastern Carolina Sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. In a medium bowl, whisk the mustard with the brown sugar, salt, pepper, paprika, and onion powder. Set the pork shoulder, fat side up, in doubled 14×18-inch disposable aluminum roasting pans.

  2. Brush the pork with the mustard mixture. Roast, uncovered, for 12 hours, until the meat is very tender and is pulling away from the shoulder bone.

  3. Tilt the pan and pour the roasting juices into a medium bowl; there should be about 1¼ cups. Refrigerate the juices for 30 minutes. Skim off the fat before using.

  4. Meanwhile, light 10 of the charcoal briquettes. When the coals are hot, cover them with the remaining 40 briquettes. When all the coals are hot, arrange 6 cups of the soaked wood chips around the coals.

  5. Set the roasting pan on the grill grate over the coals and wood chips. Cover the grill, partially open the air vents, and smoke the pork shoulder for 30 minutes.

  6. Carefully remove the pork and the grill grate and stir the coals a few times. Scatter the remaining 2 cups of soaked wood chips over the coals. Replace the grill grate and return the pork to the grill. Cover and smoke for 30 minutes longer.

  7. Transfer the pork to a work surface and let rest for 30 minutes. Pull the meat off of the bones; discard the bones, gristle, skin, and fat. Using tongs and a fork, or fingers, finely shred the meat and transfer it to a large bowl.

  8. Toss the shredded meat with reserved roasting juices and serve with the Eastern Carolina Sauce.


  • Calories: 614.63kcal
  • Fat: 45.78g
  • Saturated Fat: 15.67g
  • Trans Fat: 0.00g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 20.50g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.02g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.19g
  • Fiber: 1.41g
  • Sugar: 1.76g
  • Protein: 43.99g
  • Cholesterol: 177.50mg
  • Sodium: 638.47mg
  • Calcium: 60.58mg
  • Potassium: 822.47mg
  • Iron: 3.23mg
  • Vitamin A: 20.31µg
  • Vitamin C: 1.95mg
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