The Pioneer Woman’s Pulled Pork

Day 112: The Pioneer Woman Cooks

April 22, 2011

Pulled pork is something that the whole family will eat and it often is very easy to make. Most pulled pork recipes that I have made are made in the slow cooker. The lovely thing about pulled pork is that the meat is so versatile. I have had it on a salad, I have had it sliced thin and served as sliders, mixed with BBQ sauce and served on a bun and shredded and served on a flour tortilla Mexican style. I feel like it is a little bit like Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham” as I will have my pork served many ways as opposed to the grump in the book with his green eggs and ham.

If you read any blogs….you must already be reading the blog by Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman or as I like to call her, PW. She is a city girl who was a vegetarian dancer who found herself in love with a cowboy and married and had children and fed cowboys, kids, family and animals. She has an incredible sense of humor and leaves be laughing all the time. I have on my bucket list to become friends with her. If you know her, could you drop her a line and tell her what a fun person I am?! Pretty please?! Her cooking is how I cook, to feed a group of starving children. She likes lighter fare but her husband likes red meat and manly food. She has gathered her recipes and her incredible photos in one book. She now will be having her own cooking show on The Food Network. She will be great! In the meantime, I will continue to read her blog and find inspiration from her on a daily basis. Her cookbook is the only one that I have ever found with this many photos. I have never been disappointed by anything that PW has made, and you wont either. The direction to each recipe is written in her funny sense of humor….you will see below in the recipe….enjoy!

The Ruling: Everyone loved it. I mean loved it! I went and tracked down a market that made home-made flour tortillas and that even made it better. This will go in our monthly rotation list! It would work best for a Sunday supper where you have time to turn it once every hour. I did not have that kind of time on a weeknight, so I did not turn it and it still turned out great!

Spicy Pulled Pork, page 94


  • One 5-7 pound pork shoulder
  • 1 whole onion, cut into quarters
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons salt, or to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • lime wedges
  • flour tortillas


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. This is a pork shoulder roast. Make friends with it, because it;s a fabulously versatile piece of meat. Go ahead and give it a rinse. I’ll wait.
  3. In a food processor, combine the onion, chili powder, brown sugar, garlic, oregano, cumin, salt, pepper, olive oil, and vinegar. Pulse until totally combined.
  4. Pour the mixture over the pork. Rub it into every nook and cranny of the meat, tucking it under folds and in crevices. Let no stone go unturned
  5. Place the pork into a roasting pan or Dutch oven and add 2 cups water. Cover tightly and roast for 6 or 7 hours, turning once every hour.
  6. Check to make sure it’s fork-tender. Increase the heat to 425 and roast uncovered for 20 minutes or until the skin gets crispy. Remove from the oven and allow the pork to rest for 15 minutes.
  7. Shred the meat, using two forks to pull it apart. Place the shredded meat on a large platter lined with lime wedges.
  8. Pour the pan juices over the shredded meat. THis will ensure that the meat stays extra tender.
  9. Serve with warm tortillas.

To Joyful, Simplified Living,

MS. Simplicity

MS. Simplicity, also known as Melissa Schmalenberger  operates her business as I Did it with MS. Simplicity.  She is a Professional Organizer based out of Fargo, ND and her website can be found at .  Need to contact MS. Simplicity privately, you can email her at  For daily organizing tips find the MS. Simplicity fan page  here.

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