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Saucy, delicious, melted pulled pork goodness! This easy braise turns a pork shoulder (aka Boston butt) into tangy, tender shreds, perfect for piling on a toasted roll, a slab of Texas toast, or a baked potato. The point is: pair with carbs. Lots of carbs. Ketchup punches up the fresh tomato with sweetness and spices, while vinegar brings that classic barbecue vibes. Do your future self a solid and freeze half the batch so you always have pulled pork on hand. It’s incredibly simple to make, and it might just taste better because of it.


Credit: Alison Miksch

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25 mins
6 hrs 10 mins
Serves 8


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  • Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over high. Season pork all over with salt and pepper. Add pork to skillet; cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 15 minutes. Transfer pork to a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker; add tomato, ketchup, and vinegar. Cover and cook on HIGH until pork is cooked through and tender, 5 to 6 hours. Remove slow cooker from heat; let stand 15 minutes. Skim and discard excess fat from liquid in slow cooker. Shred pork using 2 forks.