Southern Pulled Pork Recipe (Oven Baked, Sugar Free)

Classic slow cooked recipe for Southern pulled pork that is the star of the main meal with plenty of leftovers for sandwiches and lunchboxes. Perfect for holiday get-togethers!
BY Sarah Pope TIMENovember 23, 2022 PRINT

What Southerner does not love barbecue? This classic recipe for pulled pork is one of my “redone” favorites using healthier ingredients.

It is slow-cooked in the oven…who has a smoker in the backyard, after all? No worries, as the results turn out just as tender!

This dish is just perfect for serving guests or a chilly/rainy weekend at home.

The delightful smell of slow-cooked pork wafting through the house all day is sure to get your mouth watering.

Most pulled pork recipes use brown sugar in the rub and simmer the pork butt in a bath of apple cider.

This healthier version ditches the sugar and uses homemade chicken stock instead. The flavor is even better with far less carbs!

Love this barbecue favorite but wondering whether pork is a healthy? The linked article describes the preparation approaches of traditional cultures to put your mind at ease!

Serving Suggestions

If you like to eat your pulled pork on a bun, be sure to serve healthy versions like these sourdough hamburger buns.

This homemade barbecue sauce is tasty on top and avoids the high fructose corn syrup versions from the supermarket.

I serve this with healthy coleslaw and soaked baked beans in the summer. Sauted purple cabbage and apples goes perfectly in the cooler months.

Classic Southern Pulled Pork Recipe (sugar free)

Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 7 hours
Servings 20
Calories 310 kcal
Author Paula Jager


  • 4-6 lb pork shoulder or butt preferably grassfed, bone in
  • 1-2 Tbl lard
  • 1-2 large onions sliced and separated into rings
  • 1.5 cups chicken stock
  • sourdough burger buns optional

For the Rub

  • sea salt coarse
  • black pepper freshly ground
  • garlic powder ground
  • paprika ground
  • cayenne ground
  • mustard ground, preferably organic


Sprinkle the pork with the rub ingredients. Cover with natural beeswax food wrap and let sit for 2 to 6 hours in the refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 275 F/ 135 C degrees.

Heat the lard over medium heat in a large cast iron skillet. Brown the pork on all sides.

Remove and place in large dutch oven or roaster.

Saute onions until soft and place on top of the pork roast. Pour the chicken stock into the roaster, cover and bake until falling apart tender. 5 – 7 hours.

Let meat set for at least 10-15 min after coming out of the oven, then shred w/ large fork discarding bone and surplus fat.

Serve with the juices from the pan or homemade barbecue sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 310
Calories from Fat: 198
Fat 22g
Cholesterol 98mg
Sodium 148mg
Potassium 434mg
Carbohydrates 2g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 2.5mg
Calcium 30mg
Iron 0.2mg


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Sarah Pope
Sarah Pope is the founder of, a blog with the mission to teach families about the effective, practical application of traditional, ancestrally inspired diets and research-based wellness within the setting of the modern household. She is the author of three books: "Get Your Fats Straight, Traditional Remedies for Modern Families", and "Living Green in an Artificial World". Her eBooks "Real Food Fermentation, Ketonomics, and Ancestrally Inspired Dairy-Free Recipes" are available for complimentary download via Healthy Home Plus.
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