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!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Renni July 29, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Love the Memphis Pork recipe as I like hot and spicy foods. Looks delicious on the bun and I’m betting it goes great with the cole slaw recipe. I am definitely going to try both. Thanks for posting these great recipes!


David July 29, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Hi Renni, Your very welcome, if you like spicy you must try the creamy coleslaw recipe we have posted here that has a creamy horseradish. Its not over powering with just enough kick.


John Stewart July 29, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I used to eat at a local bar/restaurant in Pearl City Hawaii that had Memphis sauce and it was my favorite. Thanks for sharing


David July 29, 2012 at 10:11 pm

I am surprised to see that style in Hawaii. They definitely are in love with Kalua Pig. It’s actually really good too. Might have to work on a recipe for that too.


Literacy 4 Everyone August 3, 2012 at 2:37 am

You just posted one of my favorites!


David August 3, 2012 at 2:40 am

Thats awesome! Glad you enjoy it as much as I do!


Lorena June 15, 2013 at 7:29 pm

That looks very yummy!


David June 15, 2013 at 7:31 pm

It is very tasty indeed and takes very little work to get set up. Just follow the instructions and you can have a great meal!


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