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We love everything about pulled pork. The versatility of the process (dry rub or wet) and the way you can cook it. Our favorite is smoking, but this easy oven method for making Pulled Pork works in a pinch!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 45 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Author Amanda Rettke--iamhomesteader.com


  • 4 -6 pounds fresh pork butt, Boston butt, or pork shoulder, bone removed
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt


  1. Preheat oven to 225°F. Trim excess fat from pork and set aside to come to room temperature.

  2. In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, ground mustard, chipotle chili pepper, and celery salt.

  3. Rub the spice mixture all over the pork.

  4. Place the pork in a Dutch oven, covered with a lid.

  5. Cook for 5 1/2 hours.

  6. Remove the lid and cook the pork for an additional hour. The pork should be very tender, pulls apart easily with a fork, and has reached an internal temperature of 195°F.

  7. Remove pork from Dutch oven and let rest until it is cool enough to work with.
  8. Shred pork using two forks.