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Easy North Carolina Barbeque Recipe
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Easy North Carolina Barbeque

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"I just love vinegar-based barbeque. I looked high and low for an easy recipe for North Carolina barbeque; this is it! Be warned; your friends will want the recipe. Eat it with a fork or on rolls with coleslaw."

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Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    9 hrs

    9 hrs 10 mins


  1. Trim the fat from the roast; place in slow cooker and cook on Low overnight, at least 8 hours.
  2. To make the sauce, whisk together the vinegar, melted butter, salt, lemon juice, crushed red pepper, hot sauce, black pepper, and sugar in a bowl.
  3. Carefully remove the roast to a cutting board. Pull the meat from the bone with a fork. Return the pork to the slow cooker. Pour the sauce over the pulled pork. Simmer for 1 hour more.
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  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 07, 2010

We loved it and it really took me back "home"! I didn't add the butter, didn't think it needed the extra fat, and eliminated the lemon juice. All the other ingredients were combined and poured over the roast and the slow cooker did the rest. We had the typical cole slaw, baked beans and hush puppy sides and it was outstanding! This is the typical Eastern North Carolina style barbeque and delicious.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 01, 2010

Let me preface this by saying that I really like vinegar. I really REALLY like vinegar. I eat vinegar in some form every day. This recipe? Too much vinegar.


26 Ratings

Apr 06, 2009

This was not the best NC BBQ I have ever had, but it was pretty darn good, and it was super easy to make. We will definitely be making this again. I prepared this recipe exactly as written, and did not find it to Vinegary, Its North Carolina BBQ, that is what it is supposed to taste like.

Jan 31, 2008

use less vinagar and a little more sugar we like this and have made it several times.

Jan 25, 2010

my roast was 4.4 llbs. I used 1/4 cup vinegar, 3 TBS sugar, and little more each of lemon juice, hot sauce and pepper flakes (we like our stuff hot) and cooked on low for 9 hours before adding the sauce. The meat fell apart and was to die for! I brought to work to have my coworkers sample I could not believe how yummy with such a small amount of ingredients. Thanks alot!

Aug 06, 2009

So delicious and easy for this working mom! I didn't have rice vinegar so I used cider vinegar. I put lean pork chops in this recipe because the chops always turned out day and this recipe was wonderful. My son made the sauce after I got home and served it along with rice, his favorite. Now he wants to serve it to his sister and my nephew tomorrow night, however, we now have the pork shoulder!

Oct 10, 2008

While my husband seemed to like this, I agree with the other reviewers that said this had too much vinegar. I took the advice to use 1/2 rice vinegar but it was still too tart for my taste. It certainly wasn't what I consider barbeque. I probably won't make this again.

Jan 24, 2008

I used half the butter the recipe called for and for the vinegar, I used one cup of rice wine vinegar and one cup of white vinegar. The rice wine vinegar makes it less tart. Delish!


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  • Calories
  • 449 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 4.2 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 134 mg
  • 45%
  • Fat
  • 37.5 g
  • 58%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 23.4 g
  • 47%
  • Sodium
  • 1630 mg
  • 65%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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