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Beginner’s Oven Pulled Pork

This recipe is for those who have NEVER cooked pulled pork before. 

I want to stress this because Mother’s Day was my first time making pulled pork, and I just went with the flow. You can read more about my Mother’s Day here.

In all honesty, I looked at a few recipes and decided to do my own thing. They all kept telling me to use a cooking rack, well I don’t have one. For the cooks WITHOUT a cooking rack, this recipe is for you.

It’s all about the booty!

Get a large 18-inch roasting pan. I used an aluminum foil roasting pan for easy cleanup. I took time to look over my pork butt to see if it was any fat that needed to be trimmed. I didn’t know what to do with the big piece of meat so I stabbed it with a knife about 20 times. I didn’t know how to get the seasonings inside without stabbing, don’t judge me.

I had to pour off all that grease.

After that, I rubbed the pork butt down really well with liquid smoke. I took my seasonings and made sure to get into every nook and cranny. Making sure the aluminum foil was tight around the pan I let it cook at 300 degrees for 4 hours.

After 4 hours I was greeted with a lot of oil, so I poured it off and returned the pork butt back to the oven, but this time uncovered for another 4 hours

This is after the cooking for 4 hours.

When I did pull out the finished product, it was beautiful. The outside had this crust thing going on, so I walked away for about 20 minutes.

Pulled Pork, southern baked beans, and cole slaw.

When I came back and tried to pick up the pork, it fell apart in my hands. I feel like I made the 8th Wonder of the World. The meat was so succulent and flavorful. The liquid smoke made it taste like it has been smoked all night. Hands down I am impressed with this recipe and hope you enjoy it, too.

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Beginner's Oven Pulled Pork

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 15 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 12


  • 1 18-inch roast pan
  • aluminum foil


  • 10 lb pork butt
  • 2 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp sea salt


  • Heat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Mix all spices in a small bowl and rub all over the pork butt.
  • Place in a large roasting pan. Cover with aluminum foil tightly. Cook covered for 4 hours.
  • Take off the aluminum foil, drain off excess oil and return to the oven uncovered for 4 more hours.
  • Remove from stove and let it sit for at least 20 minutes. The meat will be so tender.


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My Personal Blog

It Was All About The Booty

Hey yall, how was everyone’s Mother’s Day? I hope you enjoyed yourselves or rested.

Take a bite. Taste good, huh!?!

Guess what I did! I learned how to cook a Pork Shoulder Butt. I’m going to have a new recipe for it. I think I should call it “The Novice Pork Butt Recipe.” Don’t judge me; I’m working on a title.

For the sandwich lovers.

I made pork shoulder butt (pulled pork), homemade coleslaw, and homemade southern baked beans. I even made kabobs for the grill, but it was so freaking cold yesterday that I shut the cookout down before it started. Natlie and I decided to carry out the Mother’s Day Shenanigans for another day to enjoy everything.

So, if you don’t know by now, I am a BIG KID, and I like to have fun. For my Mother’s Day gift, I wasn’t able to use it, and I have to make up for the time lost today. Do you want to see what I got? You can’t ask to hold it or borrow it. I want you to LOOK with your eyes.

No, you can’t have it. It’s MINE!!

It’s a bubble blower that blows hundreds of bubbles. Do you have any idea how much fun I’m about to have? What? Don’t you blow bubbles? Do you like Nerf guns? What about water guns that can have a water pack? Do you at least balloon fight? See, you are not living right! 

I just wanted to share my food and show you my new toy. I’m so excited to play with it. Oh, by the way, I saved yall a few cupcakes. Get a napkin!

Vanilla Icing and Vanilla Cake

Ok, yall, as always, big hugs and warm smiles.