Sweet Baby Ray’s Awesome Ten-Hour Pulled Pork

Andy Anderson !


I LOVE pulled pork… those ten hours in the slow cooker are absolutely heaven as those aromas fill the house with what’s to come. It’s almost torture, but it’s well worth the wait… Trust me.

Did I say ten-hour pulled pork… well, it’s ten hours plus two days… my bad.

This recipe is a labor of love, and started with a recipe I used at a pub in Chicago, and then tweaked over the years. It takes a bit of time, but I promise you that it’s worth the wait.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

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24 Hr
10 Hr
Slow Cooker Crock Pot



6 lb
pork roast
2 1/2 c
Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce
1/2 c
amber beer (if you want, you can substitute water)


4 Tbsp
paprika, sweet or hot, up to you
2 Tbsp
chili powder
2 Tbsp
salt, kosher variety
2 Tbsp
ground cumin
2 Tbsp
dark brown sugar, packed
1 Tbsp
black pepper, freshly ground
1/2 tsp
cayenne pepper, or to taste
1 Tbsp
dried oregano


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1Chef’s Note: The roast that you get will really make this thing rock. I use a pork shoulder with the bone in, because the ten-hour slow cooking gives it a chance to draw out the entire flavor from the bone, and flavor the pork. However, you could experiment with other cuts of pork, and see what happens.

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2Gather and prep all your ingredients. The work of a chef is never done.

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3Thoroughly combine all the spice rub ingredients together.

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4Chef’s Note: I’m using a mild paprika, and a mild chili powder; however, there are HOT versions both of these spices, as I’m sure you’re well aware. If you’re using a hotter paprika and/or chili powder, then watch how much cayenne you put in the rub. But then, this is all about what YOU want. Make it as hot or mild as you desire.

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5Rub the dry spice ingredients into the pork roast.

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6Chef’s Tip: To help the spices penetrate the pork, use a small pairing knife and cut slits into the pork. Make them about an inch in depth.

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7Chef’s Note: Take your time here, and give it a thorough rubdown.
Rub, Rub, Rub-a-Dub.

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8Wrap the roast in cling foil (double layer), and place into the fridge overnight.

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9Chef’s Tip: Give those spices a good chance to know the pork. In my opinion: from an absolute minimum of 8 hours, up to 2 days. I leave mine in the fridge for the full two days (just don’t forget it’s in there).

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10Chef’s Note: Once you’ve placed the roast in the fridge there is nothing left to do but wait. Tick, Toc, Tick Toc.

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11After the prescribed waiting time, place the roast into your slow cooker... along with the beer or water, and allow to slow cook for ten hours.
Don't forget to remove the cling wrap...

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12Chef’s Note: At the end of this process, the pork roast will be fall-off-the-bone tender.

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13Chef’s Tip: If you’re going for a bigger roast; say 7 or 8 pounds, you’ll probably have to add an additional 1 to 1.5 hours to the cooking time, in order to get it fork tender.

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14Remove the roast from the slow cooker, and shred.

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15Chef’s Note: They actually do make pork shredders (they look like something out of a horror movie: Nightmare on Elm Street), but the easiest way is just use two forks, and have at it. Or, you could always use your hands.

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16Chef’s Note: Remove the remaining liquid from the slow cooker, and pour down the sink. Or, if you used beer, you might try to drink it… or not.

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17Return all the shredded pork back into the slow cooker, add 1.5 cups of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, combine with the pork, and cook on low for an additional hour.

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18Chef's Note: I use Sweet Baby Ray's classic BBQ sauce; however, you could use any BBQ sauce that you like.

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19Take a nice sturdy bun (like a Kaiser), and slice it open… Don’t slice your hand.

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20Lay a generous amount of BBQ pork on the bottom, half. OH YEAH!

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21Add some additional Sweet Baby Ray’s to the top, or put it in a side bowl for dipping… up to you (I prefer on the side).

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22Add some coleslaw.

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23Chef’s Note: The coleslaw is optional; however, I consider a good pulled-pork sandwich without coleslaw a sacrilege.

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24Cover with the top, and serve with some tomatoes, and freshly made dill slices. Enjoy.

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25Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pork
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Recipe For: The Best Pulled Pork