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Beginner’s Oven Pulled Pork

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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 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
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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