Slow cooked in dark beer, this Beer Braised Pulled Pork is tender, juicy and full of flavor!
If you’ve been checking out my food prep posts lately you may have noticed we’ve been eating a lot of pulled pork. That’s because I’ve finally figured out the best way to make it. Believe it or not, it’s not in a crockpot. Don’t get me wrong, I love my crockpot!
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But when it comes to pulled pork, mine always seems to get more chewy than tender. So, a few months ago when my family was visiting, we decided to try it in my Le Creuset Dutch Oven and turned out great!
I’ve made it a few times since then, playing around with the oven temperature and the cooking liquid and I’ve finally figured out what works best for us! After making it a few times using whatever beer I had on hand, hubby suggested trying it with a darker beer like a porter and it actually made a big difference. It seems like flavorful dark beers really lend themselves well to slow cooking — perfect of this beer braised pulled pork!
So here’s how you make it:Print
Beer Braised Pulled Pork
Slow cooked in dark beer, this pulled pork is juicy and full of flavor!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 4 hours
- Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
- 4.5 – 5 pound Pork Shoulder Boston Roast (bone in or boneless)
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1– 12 oz bottle dark beer (I used Sierra Nevada Porter)
- Place peppers and onions in a dutch oven.
- Add pork shoulder.
- Pour beer over top.
- Cover and place in the oven.
- Bake at 275 degrees F for 4-5 hours until meat is tender enough to easily shred with fork.
- Shred and remove bone if necessary.
I’ve done this with both bone-in and boneless pork shoulder and both have worked great. Note that if you want to make this in the slow cooker you definitely could! I’d recommend trying it on low for about 8 hours!
You can shred it in the dutch oven and store it with the peppers, onions and cooking liquid, or you can remove it from the pot, shred and discard the veggies and liquid.
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This gives us enough meat for several meals. Here are some of the ways you could use your leftovers.
Asian Lettuce Wraps
I’ve made these with pork tenderloin but leftover pulled pork would work well too!
Mexican Loaded Sweet Potato
The perfect vehicle for leftover pork!
What’s your favorite way to use leftover pork?
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Arman @ thebigmansworld says
No way! I would never have thought that- Or also that you used beer as a marinade! Love eating pulled pork cold… no shame.
cold, warm, good at any temp!
Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete says
Oh I absolutely LOVE cooking with beer! Harry usually makes hearty chili with dark lagers. It’s the best. <3
oooh sounds delish!
Linz @ Itz Linz says
i’ve never cooked pork before but this looks simple enough – looks delicious also!
give it a try!!
Erin @ The Almond Eater says
Oh man I love pork-this looks like a delicious way to cook it!
Taca @ A Side Of Dessert says
I love cooking with beer and this recipe looks fantastic! This could be one of the my Sunday meal prep meals! Thanks for sharing at the perfect time 🙂
yay! hope it’s a hit!
susie @ suzlyfe says
Pulled pork to me is meant for buns, tacos, and Mac n cheese. So good in Mac n cheese. And I have to do it with my fusion bbq sauce that I created last summer.
oh yes. in mac and cheese is the best!
Michele @ paleorunningmomma says
I really love pulled pork! Looks so good, love how versatile and tasty the leftovers are too.
yes! the leftovers are the best!
Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says
I will have to try this as I have always done it in a slow cooker!
it’s a fun way to change it up!
Cassie @ Almost Getting it Together says
I am going to have to share this with my dad… he will be so excited to try making this since dads <3 beer haha.
perfect! hope he enjoys!
This looks really good and simple to make. I’m pinning it for later! Thanks
hope you enjoy it!
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious says
I’m not a meat eater, but your pictures are amazing!
aww thanks girl 🙂
Tiff @ Love, Sweat, & Beers says
Looks great, though I never use my good beer for cooking. 😉 I’d probably steal one of the hubby’s Guinness cans. (Can you tell I’m not a Guinness fan?)
haha right there with ya!
Erin @ Erin's Inside Job says
Looks awesome! Is there a way to make it without the beer? I would do it if it didn’t require me to buy some in which case I would probably drink it all and throw my recovery out the window haha.
you can use any liquid. any kind of broth would work!
Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks says
Oh man..this looks fantastic. And my boyfriend always asks for pulled pork but I never think to make it!
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Cat Neligan says
Oh how I need some pork shoulder! I order pulled pork all the time when I eat out, but making it from scratch is still something I need to master! It’s so straight forward I’m not sure why I haven’t yet… plus my dad has a quite a stash of beers I can ‘borrow’ for it 😉
Great looking recipe! Starting Advocare’s 24 day challenge in January and will definitely include this. Its nice to have an alternative to chicken. I like all the recipes you include with what to do with the pork. Most of them are very “challenge” friendly. Thank you!
yay! hope you enjoy!