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Grandpa’s Famous BBQ Pulled Pork

Grandpa’s famous bbq pulled pork is easy enough that anyone can make it and it’s so tender and juicy you’ll think you’re at a southern bbq restaurant

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of the National Pork Board. Opinions and text are my own

Grandpa's famous bbq pulled pork is easy enough that anyone can make it and it's so tender and juicy you'll think you're at a southern bbq restaurant

My mom called the other day to tell me that Grandma had sent her some photos from when Grandpa would make the meat for the fair every year and she wondered if I would like to have them to keep with Grandpa’s Famous BBQ Pulled Pork recipe. Um, yes. That’s a no brainer. I love having recipes that have been passed down and have a good story to go along with them.

If you’ve been reading my site for a while now, you’ll remember that I love a good heirloom recipe like these Heirloom Apple Rolls, these Grandma’s old fashioned strawberry ice cream (one of my all time favorite stories about her and Grandpa and an outhouse (you absolutely must read it. It’s cute.), a Texas Sized Chocolate Sheet Cake and more that you can find under Heirloom Recipes. Today I’m excited to have teamed up with the National Pork Board to bring you a comfort food recipe that’s been passed down through my family.

Let’s get on with Grandpa’s Famous BBQ Pulled Pork.

Grandpa's famous bbq pulled pork is easy enough that anyone can make it and it's so tender and juicy you'll think you're at a southern bbq restaurant

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Isn’t there something wonderful about juicy pork with saucy, drip down your chin BBQ sauce? It’s literally one of the best meals in the world, in my humble opinion.  And it’s even better when it’s a family recipe. This recipe has a cute little story that goes along with it. I love stories with recipes. In fact, I’ve begun asking my mom to write down a little memory or story when I ask her for recipes that way I can pass it on to my children and there’s not much that’s more comforting than comfort food with a tender memory.

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My sweet Grandpa passed away right after my 3rd birthday. It wasn’t expected at all. In fact he’d just had his Gall bladder out and all was well, and then he was gone. My mom was pregnant with my little brother and so close to her due date that the doctor asked her if she had any unfinished business that she desperately needed to be at the funeral for. She said no, we knew we loved each other more than anything. So the doctor didn’t give permission for her to travel. That must have been so hard to not be there. But she’s helped us kids to all know him through the stories her and Grandma tell.

I love to visit my Grandma to this day and sit on the floor of her bedroom going through her cedar chest and reading the love letters he would write while serving in World War II, looking at old photos and reading articles about him and the work he did in the Czech Republic. They even honored my Grandma years ago for the kindness and amazing things he did while serving there, especially for the children.

Constant Walter Thueson, or Walt as everyone knew him was a joker and a tease, but boy did he have a big heart. People remember him as the owner of the gas station that would fix a car for free for a stranded family driving through town, have people over for dinner that had nothing, and he was quick to always help anyone in need. Every year Grandpa would cook for the big fair and while the crowds loved the beef, pork or buffalo, it’s only the pork that I make with the sauce.

Grandpa's famous bbq pulled pork is easy enough that anyone can make it and it's so tender and juicy you'll think you're at a southern bbq restaurant ohsweetbasil.com

You may need to click the letter to read it, but it’s from the chamber of commerce thanking Grandpa for yet another succesful BBQ. Everyone looked forward to all of that delicious food and Grandpa used the same yummy recipe every year. Grandma says that he would inject the meat with his famous BBQ sauce, bury it in the ground to roast all night. In fact she says, “We would lay in bed worrying all night that it was too hot and would over cook or too cold and it wouldn’t be ready for all of those people, so Dad would get up and go to check on it multiple times. Those were the good ol’ days, weren’t they?”

Yes, Grandma those were the good ol’ days. We’ve lost a little something with how hurried we’ve become and there isn’t that town community that there used to be. But I’m not going to let that be the case for our children. We will pass on the recipes, share the stories and create our own traditions with friends and family so that we remember to slow down and enjoy our hard work and good relationships.

Grandpa's famous bbq pulled pork is easy enough that anyone can make it and it's so tender and juicy you'll think you're at a southern bbq restaurant

And we are going to eat a lot of this pork, because not only does it make me feel close to a man that I never knew, but it’s dang good too. I have to say, even sitting here writing this post I’ve felt so close to him and I can just imagine that little sparkle in his eye and how proud he would be to know that his recipe and story will be shared with all of you. Jeepers, it even makes me a little emotional. Love you, Grandpa.

Grandpa's famous bbq pulled pork is easy enough that anyone can make it and it's so tender and juicy you'll think you're at a southern bbq restaurant

Ok, phew, let’s wipe those tears and make Grandpa proud. Start out with your sauce. Melt down a little butter with the onions so they get all tender and fragrant. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes. Allow the sauce to cool. I make the sauce in big batches and store it in the fridge in a mason jar for a couple weeks at a time. When you are ready for the pork, fill an injector and inject the pork all over, about 10 different spots using about 1 1/2 cups of sauce or whatever you can fit. Then roast in a slow cooker on low for 8 hours or in a low heat grill for 6-8 hours.

I would love to know if there are any family recipes and stories that you have! Please share! And I’d love for you to follow along in our Heirloom recipe series. You can start by reading the posts in the first paragraph. There are some sweet and funny little stories.

What Cut of Pork do you Use for Pulled Pork?

Whole pork shoulders are what most restaurants use, but they are hard to find. Boston butt, which is half of the shoulder is an excellent cut of meat for pulled pork.

How Long Will Pulled Pork Keep?

Pulled pork will keep 3-4 days. Cover tightly and store in the refrigerator.

What Do You Eat With Pulled Pork?

Cole slaw is a good side dish to serve with pulled pork. BBQ Beans and corn or cornbread are also good with pulled pork.

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Grandpa’s Famous BBQ Pulled Pork

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Grandpa's Famous BBQ Pulled Pork

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Grandpa's famous bbq pulled pork is easy enough that anyone can make it and it's so tender and juicy you'll think you're at a southern bbq restaurant


  • 1 Pork Shoulder/Butt about 3 pounds
  • 1 Cup BBQ Sauce *recipe follows
  • Meat Injector

BBQ Sauce

  • 1/3 Cup Onion chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter unsalted
  • 1 Cup Ketchup
  • 1/3 Cup Lemon Juice or Vinegar *we used apple cider vinegar this time
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Mustard prepared
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce


BBQ Sauce

  • First prepare the bbq sauce.
  • Heat a sauce pan over medium heat and add the butter.
  • Once the butter has started to melt add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally until the onions are soft and translucent.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
  • Once the sauce reaches a boil turn to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool.

For the Pork

  • Fill the meat injector.
  • If the pork came tied up remove the paper or plastic but leave it tied with butcher string, otherwise just place it in the slow cooker.
  • Using the meat injector, inject the meat about 6-10 times all over with about 1 cup of BBQ sauce, leaving the remainder for the end.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours (we always do 8 unless it is a very small piece of meat) or until so tender the meat is falling apart.
  • Serve immediately with reserved sauce.


A boneless pork shoulder or butt works best for this recipe. If you use bone in give it a little longer to cook or watch carefully and when it is falling off the bone it is done.
Pulled pork will keep 3-4 days. Cover tightly and store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Grandpa's Famous BBQ Pulled Pork
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 356 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 104mg35%
Sodium 914mg40%
Potassium 704mg20%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 380IU8%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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  • Delicious Recipe! Followed it to the letter and nobody was disappointed, would definitely do this dish again, the sauce was especially good.

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    • so glad you enjoyed it! It’s totally an old fashioned sauce but I like that.

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  • Simply mouthwatering! I absolutely love pulled pork 🙂 this recipe looks too perfect!

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  • great story, and fantastic recipe, too! i made it today for my dad’s birthday dinner, and first of all, my siblings said they could smell it as soon as they walked in the main doors of my apartment (yusss!). it got rave reviews from the whole family, and i even got to send dad home with some leftovers. thanks for sharing!!

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  • Thanks for sharing your story, Carrian. 🙂 Family recipes like this are timeless. I am a huge sucker for bbq pork! Haven’t had it in awhile though. This recipe is a keeper. Saving it!

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    • Thanks Sally!

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  • How great to have such a wonderful history with this recipe.

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    • I know. I’m so grateful to have it.

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  • Wow, that is such an awesome story! My husband’s grandparents are famous for their ribs, I need to get their recipe and do this!

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    • Heck yes you do and then let me know so I can try them!

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  • What a great family history!! I love recipes that go hand in hand with someone so special. And my grandma was just a little kid in the Czech Republic in WWII. You never know – maybe their paths crossed one day and he was a helping hand to her and my G-Grandma. 🙂 What ahappy thought!!

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    • NO WAY! That’s amazing. Now we are officially connected, even if we don’t know for certain. haha

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  • Loved the story behind this! My boyfriend will adore this recipe 🙂

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    • well I’m all about pleasing the boyfriend with pork! It’s such a man food, but I totally love it.

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  • Wow–what a great story and tradition to pass down. I could eat pulled pork for every meal I think!

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  • Awesome photos and I can’t wait to try this wonderful bbq!

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  • Great story. This looks amazing.

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  • Carrian,
    Love your posts!
    Don’t you mean meat? [Grandpa would make the meet for]

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  • Ooooohhhh. I love roasted pork shoulder. I just posted a recipe on my blog too. You can do so much with the meat (tacos, sandwiches, noodles, etc) and it’s surprisingly easy. Thanks for a great recipe!

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  • Beautiful! I love comfort food, especially with stories like this one!

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    • Thanks Cassie! I just saw you are on this too! So fun and I can’t wait to see all of your recipes!

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  • Oh, I wish I had recipes like this! Ones that have been passed down and are just incredible! This post looks nothing short of amazing! Must make it at some point!! My family would love it!

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