Bourbon Pulled Pork

This tender pork is slow cooked for approximately 8 hours in a deliciously rich bourbon barbecue sauce.

  • 1 – 2 teaspoons of canola oil
  • 2 – 3 lb. pork shoulder
  • 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of ketchup
  • 3/4 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • Salt and Freshly Cracked Black Pepper


  1. Season the pork shoulder with salt and pepper.
  2. Over medium high heat, add canola oil and lightly brown the pork shoulder on all sides.
  3. In a small jug, mix together the dark brown sugar, bourbon, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, ketchup and smoked paprika until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper if needed.
  5. In the base of the slow cooker, layer the sliced onions.
  6. Place the pork shoulder on top and pour over the sauce.
  7. Ensure the pork is covered with the sauce, start the slow cooker and set to low.
  8. Let cook on LOW for 8 hours or so, until the pork is fork tender.
  9. Halfway through, if possible, turn the pork on the opposite side.
  10. Remove the cooked pork to a dish and shred the meat using two forks.
  11. Skim the fat from the sauce and the onions.
  12. Puree the onions and the sauce with a stick blender until smooth.
  13. Pour some of the sauce over the pulled pork until the pork is “wet”.
  14. Serve with mashed potato.