Love Pulled Pork? Well, I have got the easiest Spicy Pulled Pork Recipe for you today. It is tender and full of flavour and just perfect for sandwiches, tacos, salad bowls and easting straight up. Come on over and find out How to Make Pulled Pork on the BBQ or grill.
Suitable for Gluten-Free, Keto, Paleo and Whole 30 diets.
I remember the first time we got a proper bbq. Yeap a barbecue with a lid, a thermometer and a smoker. I was so excited to be able to make low and slow barbecue recipes. Like spicy pulled pork on the bbq.
We started with two hours of putting it together (tip – don’t help, don’t offer to help and certainly don’t point out that he has missed out three stages and is going to have to undo what he has done already).
Eventually we get it ready and it has bee, spring = bbq, winter = bbq……… You get the point, the bbq comes out rain or shine whatever the season. Barbecues hibernation is not a thing in my house.
Making pulled pork on the grill is super easy and the meat turns out fall apart tender and perfect for potlucks, tailgate, barbeque, easy lunches, meal prep and freezer friendly.
It is simply, pork shoulder rubbed with a delicious flavors and slowly cooked over indirect heat for 3 ½ hours. And was it worth the wait? Certainly. You betcha!
Why Make This Recipe
- It is affordable and made with pantry staples you already own.
- Leftovers are great for meal prep and great for freezing. Cook once and eat again and again.
So let’s talk about what you need to make the best pulled pork ever.
Get complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.
- Pork – Whilst this recipe calls for pork shoulder, you can also use pork butt or Boston butt, rolled up and tied with some string.
- Seasoning – this gets it flavor from a combination of sweet smoked paprika (for extra smoky flavor), ground coriander, ground cumin, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, ground black pepper and salt.
How To Make Pulled Pork Charcoal Grill Easily
- Pat meat dry using paper towels so the dry rub stick to the meat.
- Mix together all the ingredients for the spice rub and rub all over the meat.
- Clean the cooking grill grates and light the charcoal in the grill.
- Place the seasoned pork, fat side down on grates and put a foil pan underneath to catch the drips.
- Move the coals away from underneath the meat so that the meat is cooked by indirect heat.
- Close the grill hood, bring the temperature to approx 90C and cook pulled pork for about 3.5-4 hours or until done. Check the meat at about 3.5 hours. If it is falling apart then it is done.
- Wrap the meat in aluminum foil and leave to rest for 30 minutes. Then add to a cutting board before shredding the pork and serving.
- You can always inject a marinade directly into the the pork.
- If there is excess fat then trim some of the visible fat off. Make sure to keep some for flavor.
- Feel free to add some wood chips tot eh grill for a smoky flavor.
- Feel free to double up the seasoning and rub on more to your taste.
- Do pat the pork dry with a paper towel or two so the dry rub sticks on.
- You can make this on the gas grill if you prefer.
- You can add in some barbecue sauce on the meat. Use your favorite store bought or homemade bbq sauce. I love adding a drop of Worcestershire Sauce.
- For more smokey flavor add in some liquid smoke.
- Vary the heat – use adobo chili, cayenne pepper, yellow mustard, chili powder etc.
- Add sweetness – by sprinkling on some brown sugar.
Use forks – Simply transfer the cooked meat to a plate or bowl and use two forks to pull it apart and shred.
Use a mixer – Add cooked pork into a bowl and use a hand mixer or use your stand mixer to shred it. This is especially useful if you are doing big quantities.
This depends on the weight of your meat. You need approximately 1 hour per pound of meat. Plus the extra time for prep and shredding.
You can always use an injection marinade directly into the the pork. You can make this using the rub and mixing equal part of apple cider vinegar and water (or apple juice) and into the meat injector and then inject this into the meat.
Also shred when warm (as easier to do then) and add a little bit of liquid to the meat.
How To Use This Meat
- Cooked pulled pork can be served in so many ways. Add shredded pork into a pulled pork sandwich, burrito bowls, tacos, carnitas, fajitas and in mac and cheese and salads.
More Recipes You Might Like
For more pork recipes and other recipes you would like, check out the posts below.
- Instant Pot Pulled Pork.
- Want to make this in the slow cooker? Then head on over to this Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Post.
- Easy Peasy Dutch Oven Pulled Pork.
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How To Make Spicy Pulled Pork On The BBQ
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How To Make Spicy Pulled Pork On The BBQ
- 1.75 kg (3.8lbs) pork shoulder rolled up and tied with some string.
- 1.5 tsp ground coriander
- 1.5 tsp sweet paprika
- 0.5 tsp ground cumin
- 0.5 tsp garlic powder
- 0.25 tsp chilli flakes
- 0.25 tsp ground black pepper
- Fire up the barbeque and wait till the coals are medium hot. If using a grill then preheat the grill to medium
- Mix together all the ingredients of the seasoning and rub the spice all over the meat.
- Clean the cooking grill and place the seasoned pork on and put a tray underneath to catch the drips.
- Move the coals away from underneath the meat so that the meat is cooked by indirect heat. Close the BBQ lid, bring the temperature to approx 90C and cook the pork for about 3.5-4 hrs or until done. Check the meat at about 3.5 hrs. If it is falling apart then it is done.
- Wrap the meat in foil and leave to rest for 30 mins, before shredding and serving.