Simple pulled-pork recipes contain pork shoulder, brown sugar and either a seasoning mix or a pre-mixed barbecue sauce. When a pre-mixed sauce is not used, sauce ingredients in simple recipes include mustard, vinegar, cumin, paprika and tomato paste.
The simplest pulled pork recipes call for placing the ingredients in a slow cooker and allowing it to cook for six to eight hours. More complex recipes instruct the cook to brown the pork shoulder in a saucepan before placing it in a slow cooker with the sauce. The most complex, authentic recipes for pulled pork involve brining the meat or allowing it to cure with a dry rub, then cooking it in a grill or smoker before hand-shredding it.
The Mexican form of pulled pork, carnitas, uses different ingredients with a similar cooking technique. To make a simple carnitas recipe, pork shoulder is combined with garlic, jalapeno, orange, salt, pepper, cumin and oregano in a slow cooker. The mixture is cooked for four to 10 hours, depending on the temperature setting of the slow cooker, and then shredded and browned in a saucepan before serving. This form of pulled pork is served in tamales, tacos and burritos, as well as many other Mexican dishes.