How to Make Cracker Barrel Barbecue Pork

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Cracker Barrel Barbecue Pork

Cracker Barrel Barbeque Pork is a featured item on the summer seasonal menu. Served atop a pile of crunchy, hot Cornbread Fritters this cider-infused pork is tender and juicy. [1] Diners who are fortunate enough to obtain a coupon should head to the nearest Cracker Barrel restaurant for some delicious barbecue pork. However, this is a wonderful dish to make for a summer party. Why not try this copycat Cracker Barrel Barbeque Pork recipe and add a new country homestyle dish to your repertoire? The recipe does take an entire day to cook, so you'll want to plan ahead if you plan on serving it at your summer BBQ.

Serves: 8

Start to finish: 6-8 hours (Active Time: 15 minutes)


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Offered by Cracker Barrel
Customer service phone 800-333-9566[2]
Served as Main entrée
Main ingredients Pork, brown sugar, apple cider
Cooking method Baking
Similar to Pulled pork
Author Julie Clark

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Cracker Barrel Barbeque Pork Ingredients

For the Pork

  • 6 tablespoons paprika[3]
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons ground pepper
  • 6-8 pounds boneless pork shoulder or Boston butt, rinsed and dried[3]
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of Hickory Liquid Smoke
  • Water

For the Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup apple cider[4]
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup

Cracker Barrel Barbeque Pork Recipe

Prepare the Pork

  1. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a small bowl, mix paprika, sugar, onion powder, salt and pepper to make a seasoning mixture.
  3. Using about 2/3 of the seasonings, rub it into the pork.
  4. Place a roasting rack or grate in the bottom of the roasting pan so that the pork is raised slightly in the pan.
  5. Add one cup of water and 2 tablespoons of liquid smoke to the roasting pan.
  6. Put the pork onto the roasting rack in the pan, fat side up.
  7. Cover the top of the pan with aluminum foil, sealing it around the edges.
  8. Cook the meat for about 6 hours.
  9. Once the meat is cooked through, break the meat into smaller sections to allow it to cool.
  10. Use a fork or your fingers to shred the meat into bite-sized pieces.
  11. Combine the pulled pork with the barbeque sauce (instructions below).
  12. Serve immediately.

Make the Barbecue Sauce

While the pork is cooking, make your barbeque sauce.

  1. In a medium saucepan over high heat, add the ketchup, apple cider, brown sugar, pepper, onion powder, mustard powder, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, corn syrup and the reserved barbecue seasoning.
  2. Bring the sauce to a boil, stirring, occasionally.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, at least 2 hours.
  4. Allow the sauce to cool, and reheat it when you are ready to use it.

Recipe from CopyCatRecipeGuide's Food Editors

Crock-Pot Pulled Pork

Learn how to prepare pulled pork in a Crock-Pot with the grandsons of famous BBQ Sauce creator, C.B. Stubbs.


  • Pulled pork takes a long time to cook, but it is largely unattended. Plan ahead if you want to serve this recipe at a special occasion.
  • To simplify this recipe, use your favorite bottled barbeque sauce.
  • At Cracker Barrel, this pork is served with Cornbread Fritters. You can also make pulled pork sandwiches by using store-bought hamburger buns.

Also See: How to Make Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole, How to Make Copycat Bisquick, How to Make Cracker Barrel Biscuits, How to Make Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls, How to Make IHOP Swedish Pancakes


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