How To Make Oven-Roasted Pulled Pork

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July 1, 2011

No grill, no smoker, no problem! Use your oven to make perfect pulled pork for the Fourth without breaking a sweat!

Pulled Pork Barbecue

Her grill gone with the wind, Relish fan Rebecca Lee needed a new way to cook pork butt In this excerpt from my weekely Chef in Your Pocket Facebook Q&A.

Q: I have a Boston Butt in the freezer, and I thought about cooking it up for our July 3rd party. Problem is, our grill is pretty much out of commission. The tornado weather we had a little while back took it and threw it off our porch. SO….I need another way to cook this. Any ideas?! Thanks!! ♥

A: Great question, Rebecca! Your oven is a great tool for cooking that butt to perfection.

  1. Rub the butt (oh jeez…) with a little oil, liquid smoke and your favorite marinade, wrap in foil and marinate overnight in the fridge.
  2. The next morning, insert a probe thermometer in the center of the butt, through the foil, and pop it in a 225F to 300F oven. (225F – 250F will produce better results, but 275F – 300F will cook it faster.)
  3. Cook until the probe thermometer reads 190F, then remove the foil, raise the heat to 350F, sauce (optional) and cook for an additional 30 minutes to caramelize the exterior. It'll be tender, moist and delicious.

Note: I recommend the lower cook temp if you have the time. Here are some other great recipes for your pork butt from!

 —By Brian Morris, Chef in Your Pocket

Kalua Pork

Kalua Pork

Try using pork shoulder or Boston butt in this recipe.


Kalua Pork Tacos

Use this tasty shredded pork in tacos or burritos.


Milk-Braised Pork

Tender and succulent, pork roast braised in thick, creamy milk, delicate thyme and woodsy sage is a revelation.


Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

Place pork and spices in a slow-cooker before going work and dinner is done.


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