Get Smoky Pulled Pork without a smoker! Here’s how to make smoky flavored BBQ Pork in the oven!
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America’s Love of BBQ Smoked Meats
One things is for sure – Americans love some real barbecue.
Flavors, seasonings & methods vary from region to region – which makes the art of BBQ all that more exciting!
Who doesn’t love trying out all the little BBQ joints? Restaurants, food trucks, even those set up roadside – it’s an adventure in flavor!
Get BBQ Smoked Pork In The Oven
Not everyone has a smoker at home. I LOVE using my smoker – but I get it’s not for everyone. There’s a learning curve and it’s a very hands on process.
That’s why I decided to recreate a smoky flavored pulled pork in the oven. It took many pork roasts, and lots of pork to eat, to create the perfect replica.
This pulled pork is smoky, full of flavor and just a bit of heat. Maybe not the real thing – but it’s close!
BBQ Pork In The Oven – Ingredients & Preparation
This is one of the few pork roasts I make that doesn’t involve any marinating time.
Rub it down with a liquid smoke and apple cider vinegar mixture and let it rest for a few minutes. Then slather on the dry rub and it’s ready to go!
Throw the pork roast in a roasting pan (click here to check out the roasting pan I use), pour in a 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar, cover and cook low and slow for 6-8 hours, occasionally basting. Your roast is done when it easily pulls apart with a fork.
Remove the roasting pan out of the oven and heat oven up to broil. At this point I remove all big chunks of fat (small bits of fat should stay in) and shred roast with two forks. Put roast back in oven, uncovered, and broil for 10 -15 minutes.
KEEP AN EYE ON IT! Please don’t walk away, become distracted or forget about it. We’re trying to brown it up a bit and get a little crunch – not burn it. Stir the meat a few times to distribute all the juices so nothing dries out.
That’s it! Smoky, delicious pulled pork. No smokers, no grills, no wood chips – nothing but your oven and some seasoning creativity.
Enjoy your pulled pork! Try topping with coleslaw, pickles, jalapenos, cheese, BBQ sauce – get creative. I use this pulled pork for sandwiches, chili, quesadillas, baked beans – the options are endless.
Hope you enjoy!
BBQ Pork In The Oven
- 1 Pork Shoulder/Butt Roast 3-6 Lbs.
- 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 Teaspoon Liquid Smoke
- 1 Tablespoon Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Paprika
- 2 Teaspoon Ground Mustard Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Chili Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Chipotle Powder
- 1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- Bring roast to room temp for about an hour.
- Preheat oven to 250.
- With a knife, stab roast all over.
- Mix together liquid smoke and 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar. Rub all sides of roast with liquid mixture – massaging into holes. Use all of liquid mixture. Let roast rest for 5 minutes.
- Mix spices together. Rub down roast with spice mixture, rub all sides and into holes. Use all of spice rub.
- Place pork roast into small roasting pan. Pour 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar into pan. Bake covered, basting a few times, at 250 for 6-8 hrs or until roast is tender and pulls apart easily with fork. Remove from oven.
- Heat oven to broil.
- Shred roast with two forks. Discard any large chunks of fat, small pieces of fat should stay in.
- Broil roast for 10- 15 minutes or until it browns enough to your liking. I stir the meat a few times to distribute all the juices so nothing dries out. Pay attention to roast making sure nothing burns.
- Serve on rolls and enjoy : )