I’m not going to pretend I know anything about authentic pulled pork. I’ve made a barbeque version before, which basically consisted of cooking a pork shoulder covered in barbeque sauce in a crockpot all day. Probably something a chef capable of making actual pulled pork would laugh at. But we like it, so it worked…until now.
We bought some pork sirloin tip roast at Costco last week. I didn’t have a plan for it, I just liked the nutrition stats. I wasn’t sure if it had enough fat to use as pulled pork, but we had a bunch of burger buns left over from a party we were trying to use up, so I went for it. As usual, no recipe I could find made me completely happy, so I made my own.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. My roasts were about 2 pounds each, which I didn’t think would be enough, so I used two. Rinse the roasts and pat dry. Place in a Dutch oven.
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
Rub the mixture into the meat on all sides.
Combine 12 ounces of beer (gluten-free if that’s your thing) and 1 tablespoon liquid smoke. Pour down the side, not over, the meat.
Cover tightly with a lid or foil. Place on the bottom rack inside the oven and cook for 3 hours. Since I was cooking two small roasts, you might need to cook it longer if you’re working with one larger roast. Cook until it reaches a safe temperature on your meat thermometer.
Remove from the pan and shred by pulling apart with two large forks.
We served this on pub-style hamburger buns, generously drizzled with barbeque sauce and topped with pickle slices. My girl had hers on a toasted gluten-free bun.
This was a winner with the entire family, but my daughter liked it so much we’re having it for her birthday dinner later this month with a side of coleslaw. I’m going to try making it with hard cider (still gluten-free) instead of the beer. It can’t come soon enough – just revisiting these photos is making my mouth water.