Here’s where things get interesting! Once you’ve mastered a basic pulled pork recipe, it’s time to experiment and find the legendary recipe to make it your own—you know, the one that you’ll hand down to future generations!
There are so many ways you can tweak the flavor of this recipe, thanks to interchangeable ingredients and pulled pork marinades. You could go in any direction using ingredients like Worcestershire sauce, paprika, wine, ketchup, brown sugar, soda or even beer! Like things spicy? Look for recipes that use chili powder, cumin and hot sauce.
Before you get overwhelmed with the endless possibilities, don’t worry, we’ve already tested a few surefire pulled pork marinades for you. Here’s what we recommend:
This is likely the first flavor that came to mind when you started thinking about making pulled pork. You can add barbecue sauce on top of your pork, of course, but why not throw it in your slow cooker so the meat can soak up all the flavor during the cooking process? You can use your favorite bottle of sauce or you can go all out with homemade barbecue like we did in in our recipe for Slow-Cooker Pulled BBQ Pork Sandwiches.
Cider vinegar is a popular choice, but white and red wine vinegar work just as well. It really all depends on your personal preference. This recipe for Slow-Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork uses red wine vinegar mixed with tomato paste. Seasonings are rubbed on to the pork shoulder before it goes into the slow cooker for added flavor.
This is one of our favorite ingredients to use in our pulled pork recipes to make the flavor pop (pun intended); carbonated beverages bring out the acidity in the recipe and also help to tenderize the meat. Sodas like Coca Cola™, Dr. Pepper™ and any brand of root beer work best. If you need proof, this recipe for Slow-Cooker Root Beer Pork Sandwiches will make a believer out of anyone.