barbecue sandwich with coleslaw and pickles on a bun

Southern Pulled Pork BBQ

  • Author: Debi ~ QuicheMyGrits
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings 1x


Southern Pulled Pork BBQ is everything.  Learn how to make my delicious recipe which is as southern as it gets!





  • 5 lb. Boston Butt (pork shoulder roast) 
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. liquid smoke


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using your hands, generously coat pork roast with dry BBQ spice rub. Work well into the meat.
  3. Place pork in a large dutch oven.  Add water and liquid smoke.
  4. Cover dutch oven with lid.
  5. Roast pork at 350 degrees for 2 hours, checking through the roasting process to ensure there is still enough liquid to prevent scorching.  
  6. After 2 hours, reduce heat to 275 degrees, and cook for an additional 2 hours.
  7. Remove pork roast from oven and let rest for 30 minutes.  
  8. Transfer roast to a cutting board and pull meat with two forks, separating it from the fat.
  9. Cover with aluminum foil until ready to serve with your favorite BBQ sauce as a sandwich or a plate.


When serving as a sandwich, add barbecue, sauce, then coleslaw on a brioche bun. Top with pickles if desired.

If serving as a plate, add pulled pork with any sides you wish, such as Calico Baked Beans and Southern Cornbread. 

  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Roast
  • Cuisine: Southern

Keywords: southern pork bbq, barbecue, bbq, pulled pork, barbecue sauce, southern bbq, barbecue sandwich, pulled pork plate

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