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Brad’s Pulled Pork Recipe – Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Y’all probably know by now that my husband loves to cook. He loves all his grills and smokers. Yes, that’s plural. He worked hard to perfect his Pulled Pork Smoker Recipe and then guess what?

He came up with this delicious Pulled Pork Recipe that he cooks in a cast iron Dutch Oven. The pulled pork is more tender and juicy cooked in this method. I’m sharing all the ingredients and step by step instructions to make your own barbecue.

My husband prefers to smoke or cook a Boston Butt for his pulled pork, however a pork shoulder will work as well.

Pulled Pork Recipe

I’m sharing the full recipe below, but my husband doesn’t really measure any of the ingredients and the pulled pork comes out great every time.

The lime juice really helps to tenderize the pork.

Prepare the Pork

Begin with an 8-9 lb. pork butt and remove the excess fat from the bottom. It’s not necessary or recommended to remove all the fat.

Coat both sides of the pork butt with a rub. My husband loves Rudy’s Rub which he first experienced while working in Texas. Now he orders online.

Ingredients for Pulled Pork cooked in a cast iron dutch oven.

Next, you want to sear the outside of the pork butt. My husband has a searing burner on his grill for this purpose.

Sear for approx. 4 minutes on each side until the outside is crispy. This can be accomplished on a grill or stove top but takes long to achieve the desired crispiness.

Below is an example of what the Boston Butt looks like after searing for the desired crispiness. You want a good char on the outside of the pork.

Cast Iron Dutch Oven Time

Begin by adding all the remaining ingredients to the cast iron dutch oven. Stir until mixed throughly.

Add the Boston Butt with the fat side down into the liquid.

Cover with your dutch oven lid and cook for 8 hours.

Yield: 10 people

Best Pulled Pork Recipe in a Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Best Pulled Pork Recipe in a Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Great Cast Iron Dutch Oven Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes


  • 1 - 8 lb Boston Butt Pork Roast
  • 2 cups Beef Broth
  • 2 tbsp. Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp. Mustard
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp. Lime Juice or Lemon Juice
  • ¼ cup Favorite Rub, Amount may vary, you want it well coated


  1. Trim excess fat from the bottom of the pork butt - Don't remove all fat
  2. Sprinkle Rub liberally over both sides of the pork butt and press into the pork
  3. Sear both sides of the butt for approx. 4 minutes on each side until crispy on searing burner
  4. Place all remaining ingredients in Cast Iron Dutch Oven
  5. Stir until well mixed
  6. Add pork butt with the fat side down into the liquid. Broth should not cover the pork.
  7. Cover with lid
  8. Bake at 300° for approx. 8 hours - Check every few hours to be sure there is still broth in the pot. If more liquid is needed, add water or additional beef broth.
  9. Remove from oven & from dutch oven to shred.
  10. Use shredding claws to create pulled pork.


A pork shoulder can be substituted for the Boston Butt.

You are steaming the pork, not boiling it so don't cover the entire butt in broth.  

Be sure to keep a check on the broth and add more liquid if necessary.  

When shredding the pork it's best to doing it while still hot or at least warm because it will just fall apart at this point.  

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1/3 lb.

Amount Per Serving Calories 353 CaloriesTotal Fat 26.93 gramsgSaturated Fat 9.341 gramsgTrans Fat 0gCholesterol 106 mgmgSodium 97mgmgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 25.72g

Nutrition information isn't always accurate.

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Another favorite cast iron recipe you might enjoy is Cilantro Lime Black Beans.

Cast Iron Dutch Oven – Pulled Pork

When you remove from the oven, you should still see some liquid in the bottom of the pot. You want to remove the pork from the dutch oven before starting to shred.

Cast Iron Dutch Oven Pulled Pork Recipe

The pork is easy to pull with these claw metal shredders. You can add barbecue sauces to your pulled pork if desired. Some of our favorites are Sweet Baby Rays and Rudy’s Bar-b-que Sauce


Pulled Pork cooked in a cast iron Dutch oven. Yummy, tender & delicious! See recipe #pulledpork

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Cast Iron Dutch Oven Pulled Pork Recipe

This recipe is delicious served as a main dish. It makes the best Pulled Pork Egg Rolls and it freezes well. Brad and I almost, always have some frozen and ready to serve our guests.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.

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Cast Iron Dutch Oven Pulled Pork Recipe

Julie Briones

Monday 30th of August 2021

I bet pulled-pork-lovers will go ga-ga for this recipe! Pinned!

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Tuesday 31st of August 2021

Julie, It's so easy and delicious.


Monday 30th of August 2021

Pulled pork is so good! And your recipe sounds delicious- I'll definitely have to try it.

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Tuesday 31st of August 2021

Shawna, It's my husbands thing but it is really good.


Saturday 28th of August 2021

This looks amazing, Rachel. It's making me hungry!

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Tuesday 31st of August 2021

Jen, As soon as it comes out of the oven, I'm picking at it. It smells wonderful.

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