Memphis Style Pulled Pork Recipe

by David on July 29, 2012

There’s been a debate for years on who has the best style of pulled pork, ribs etc. Some of the favorites are Carolina style, Texas style or as we have listed the ever popular Memphis Style Pulled Pork Recipe.  This one has been a favorite by pretty much anyone who has tried it. Well, unless you live in Texas that is.  You can use this recipe in a slow cooker or use a smoker as discussed on our home page. Either way you make it, the Memphis style pulled pork is a winner.


  • 1 boneless pork butt (apprx 5-6 pounds)

Memphis Style Pulled Pork Rub:

  • 2 tablespoons of paprika (smoked would work well to)

    memphis style pulled pork rub

    This is what the pork should look like after you use the Memphis style rub.

  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons of black pepper

Memphis Style Pulled Pork Sauce:

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup of mustard
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 cups of diced onion
  • 1 cup of red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite hot sauce


Combine all the above ingredient’s for your rub. Then rub generously over the whole roast. After applying the rub it’s recommended to put the meat in the fridge for an hour or more. When you’re ready to use the meat you can pull it out and let it come to room temperature.

Place in slow cooker on low for 8 hours. Or you can cook it on high for 5 hours. Then remove roast, place on a pan and shred with fork. Put the roast back in the crock pot or slow cooker and pour in your sauce and cook for another hour. There is really nothing tastier than a hot Memphis style pulled pork sandwich.

Memphis Style pulled pork sandwich

Now doesn’t that Memphis Style Pulled Pork Sandwich look incredible!

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