What is Pulled Pork?

Pulled Pork is the tasty treat you get after slow cooking pork until is fall apart tender.

Sounds simple right?  Well it can be or it can be very complex.

The history of pulled pork BBQ in the United States starts in the Carolinas but its roots can be traced back to Spanish explorers discovering natives in the Caribbean cooking “barbacoa”.

Traditionally pulled pork barbecue is pork that has been smoked using wood or charcoal in a smoker or pit for a long period of time.  But it can also be cooked on a grill, in the oven, or even using a slow cooker.

Pulled pork can be made from the whole hog or more typically from either the whole shoulder or the components of the shoulder, the butt or picnic.  These cuts of meat are tough and fatty but are transformed into succulent morsels by the long cooking process.

Depending on your region or preference, pulled pork can be in chunks, pulled, shredded, or chopped.  Sauces also vary regionally from vinegar based, tomato based, mustard sauce, or even mayo-based white sauce in Northern Alabama.

So as we said… the answer to “What is Pulled Pork?” can be very simple or very complex depending on who you are asking and where.