Pork butt, also known as Boston butt, is such a tasty and affordable cut of meat. They’re such a great way to feed a crowd, and can take a variety of flavors.
This collection of Pork Butt Recipes will make you get the most out of your roasts! It includes classics you grew up on, as well as some unique ethnic dishes you need to try.
Unlike chops, pork butt work best when cooked low and slow. Whether braised for a long time, cooked in the crock pot, or slow roasted, after a few hours the meat becomes melt in your mouth tender.
Cook your way through all of these delicious pork butt recipes, they all turn out delicious!
What is Pork Butt?
Pork butt, also known as Boston butt, is a cut of meat from the upper part of the pig’s shoulder. Despite its name, it has nothing to do with the rear end of the animal.
The term “butt” refers to the barrels or “butts” that this cut of meat was historically stored and transported in.
This cut is well-marbled, making it ideal for slow-cooking methods like smoking, braising, or slow-roasting. Its high fat content renders down during cooking, resulting in juicy, tender, and flavorful meat.
It’s a popular choice for pulled pork dishes, stews, and any recipes that require long cooking times to break down the muscle fibers and connective tissues.
Tips for Buying and Cooking Pork Butt
- Look for Marbling: A good pork butt will have plenty of fat marbling, which means juicier, more flavorful meat.
- Bone-In or Boneless: Bone-in is often said to be more flavorful, but boneless is easier to cut. Your choice.
- Check the Color: Fresh pork butt should be a pale pink color, not gray or overly red.
- Expiry and Packaging: Always check the expiry date and make sure the packaging is intact without any leaks.
- Low and Slow: This is a cut that benefits from slow cooking at a low temperature.
- Season Generously: Don’t be shy with your seasonings, pork butt can handle bold flavors.
- Internal Temperature: Use a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature reaches 195°F (90°C) for that perfect pull-apart tenderness.
- Rest, Rest, Rest: After cooking, allow the meat to rest for at least 20-30 minutes before shredding or slicing.
The Best Pork Butt Recipes:
1. Cochon de Lait (Cajun Pulled Pork)
We’re starting this mouth-watering list of Pork Butt recipes with our own Cochon De Lait (Cajun Pulled Pork)!
This Louisiana-style pulled pork recipe is just too good, it’s made in a crockpot with a mix of great spices, and the end result is succulent Cajun deliciousness.
You can serve this incredible Cochon de Lait in sandwiches, tacos, bowl meals, and many more ways. So relish this delicacy…
Get the Recipe: Cochon de Lait
2. Chile Verde
This Chile Verde is a truly flavorsome and no-effort recipe, that you will simply love! Melt in your mouth tender pork chunks in delicious spicy tomatillo sauce.
It’s amazing for winter nights, but it is so yummy that you will want to have it all year long…
Get the Recipe: Chile Verde
3. Pernil (Puerto Rican Roast Pork)
Pernil is a traditional Puerto Rican Roast Pork recipe that will become your family’s favorite.
Pork butt is marinated in garlic, herb, and other amazing Latin seasonings overnight, and then slow roasted for hours, until the meat is tender and the skin is perfectly crispy and delicious.
Pernil is commonly served as part of a Christmas feast in Puerto Rico.
Get the Recipe: Pernil
4. Crock Pot Barbacoa Pork
Enjoy this Crockpot Barbacoa Pork recipe when you want some serious Mexican flavors in your meal! This awesome recipe is remarkably tender, moist, and super juicy.
Make your favorite Mexican dishes like tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and enchiladas more delicious with this Barbacoa pork…
Get the Recipe: Barbacoa Pork
5. Filipino Pork Menudo
If you are a stew person, then this Filipino Pork Menudo will be your new favorite recipe! It’s a popular stew from the Philippines.
Loaded with savory, spicy, and umami flavors that make this stew very tasty and addictive. Make your weeknight meal super comfy and cozy with this scrumptious Pork Menudo…
Get the Recipe: Pork Menudo
6. Brunswick Stew
Now, this delicious Brunswick Stew recipe is super easy to make, and it takes hardly any time to get ready.
You will love this Southern Stew that is loaded with smoked meat, veggies, and amazing seasonings, that create a hearty and filling stew.
Perfect to serve on winter nights, your whole family will enjoy it.
Get the Recipe: Brunswick Stew
7. Pork Vindaloo
Make a traditional Indian Pork vindaloo in the comfort of your kitchen! This recipe is very easy to make with spicy, tangy, and a little sweet flavors.
This vibrant perfectly spiced dish will be a super hit with all curry lovers, and is one of our favorite Boston butt recipes.
Get the Recipe: Pork Vindaloo
8. Kalua Pork
This Kalua Pork recipe is the easiest way to cook the traditional Luau style pork!
Its needs only 3 ingredients and a slow cooker to make this delicious and melt-in-your-mouth pork, which everyone will love.
It’s a super delicious dish to serve at your parties or summer cookouts.
Get the Recipe: Kalua Pork
9. Cuban Mojo Pork
Mojo is a Cuban garlic and citrus marinade that adds a ton of flavor. This Mojo pulled pork is so tender and flavorful. Serve with black beans and rice for the ultimate Latin feast.
Get the Recipe: Mojo Pork
10. Filipino Pork Adobo
Tender, melt in your mouth pork loaded with tons of flavors, cooked for hours to a create rich, savory stew… that’s our Pork Adobo for you!
This version of Pork Adobo is tad bit more tasty and addictive. It’s called Adobo sa Gata! It takes the classic adobo and adds a creamy twist with the inclusion of coconut milk.
Get the Recipe: Pork Adobo
11. Slow Cooker Crispy Carnitas
Make restaurant-worthy carnitas at home with this Slow Cooker Crispy Carnitas!
This super easy recipe is slow-cooked pork in Mexican style with perfectly spiced, crispy, juicy, and fall-apart tender meat.
It is sure to take your tortillas, nachos, or quesadillas to the next level of deliciousness. You need to add this recipe to your repertoire.
12. Asian Pulled Pork
Want to make an Asia flavored slow cooker meal? Then you must try this Asian Caramel Slow Cooker Pulled Pork recipe!
This super delicious tender pork is doused in sweet, savory, and spicy Asian sauces infused with coconut milk that make this dish extra flavorful and luscious.
This super Boston butt recipe is great to feed a crowd.
13. BBQ Pulled Pork
Have you tried this hassle-free BBQ Pulled Pork recipe? If not, then make it now, as this BBQ Pulled Pork is just unbelievably delicious and simple to make!
It’s jammed packed with amazingly flavored Boston butt, which is perfectly moist, tender, and easy to pull apart, tossed in homemade BBQ sauce. YUM!
14. Pork Roast
Make simple and delicious pulled pork with a mind-blowing Pork Roast recipe! This slow cooker roast is perfectly flavored, creating a moist and tasty fall-apart meat, that makes amazing meals.
A great straightforward recipe you all must try.
15. Instant Pot Pork Tinga
Make this traditional Mexican dish in the instant pot, and create a hearty and delectable Pork Tinga at home!
This is loaded with amazing ingredients and flavors that just taste incredible with each other. This easy Tinga will make your tacos, enchiladas, and many more dishes super duper delicious…
16. Oven Roasted Pulled Pork
It’s common to make pulled pork in the slow cooker, but try making it in the oven with this recipe!
This Oven Roasted Pulled Pork is out of this world delicious and fall apart tender, with perfect dry rub spices.
You will all love this flavorful pulled pork, best served with fresh buns or sandwiches.
17. Smoked Pulled Pork
Everyone loves smoked, charred flavors and this Smoked Pulled Pork is just the same!
This Caroline version will be a hit in your home, as it’s just perfectly flavored and amazingly moist and tender pork.
This summer, make this Smoked Pulled Pork and impress your family and friends.
18. Apple Cider Braised Pork Shoulder
Make your routine dinner more special with this Apple Cider Braised Pork Shoulder recipe!
It’s loaded with sensational flavors like apple cider, granny smith apples, onions, garlic, herbs, spices, and white wine. This classy and hearty dish will be loved by everyone for sure…
19. Vietnamese Caramel Pork
Give your family a classy and gourmet treat with this Vietnamese Caramel Pork recipe!
This slow-cooked pork is smothered in a sticky sweet-savory glaze that makes it a super elegant dish. Really WOW your family with this stunning Caramel Pork…
20. Pulled Pork Tacos
Here is an outstanding Taco recipe that’s just super delicious. Pulled Pork Tocas is made with amazingly tender pulled pork butt, creamy cilantro lime slaw, and avocados.
Make your family gatherings or get togethers more special by serving these Pulled Pork Tacos.
21. Braised Pork Ragu Pappardelle
This is the best Italian dish, that you will not want to miss out on! Braised Pork Ragu Pappardelle is made with simple ingredients, but it tastes like a fancy Italian restaurant dish.
Give your family a delicious experience by making Ragu Pappardelle at home, and enjoy…
22. Jeyuk Bokkeum (Spicy Pork Bulgogi)
Do you like Korean food? If yes, give this Jeyuk Bolleum (spicy Pork Bulgogi) a try and you will not be disappointed!
It’s made by simply marinating pork butt in a gochujang-based sauce with heaps of garlic and ginger, and then just stir fry. Your famous Korean dish is ready for you to devour…
23. Pulled Pork Banh Mi
Treat yourself and your family, with this easy and delicious Pulled Pork Banh Mi sandwich.
Vietnamese bread is loaded with flavorful pulled pork with pickled veggies and spicy sriracha mayo sauce, making this Banh Mi super tasty. Perfect crave-worthy sandwich recipe. Do try it…
24. Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Make your gameday interesting and flavorful with Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork Sandwiches!
This melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork with cabbage coleslaw and BBQ sauce in a bun is just spectacular. Relish it and have fun…
25. Tacos Al Pastor
Give your tacos an insanely delicious twist with this Tacos Al Pastor! This stunning recipe packed with juicy, smoky, tangy, sweet, and spicy flavors.
The pork butt marinade is just perfect. So make your weeknight dinner or your parties dynamic with this Tacos Al Pastor…
26. Slow Cooker Mississippi Pulled Pork
Convert your slow cooker pulled pork into Mississippi flavors and create this mouth-watering dish!
The easy recipe is loaded with ranch seasoning, gravy mix, butter, and pepperoncini peppers, giving this pork bright and amazing flavors.
You can make tons of your favorite meals with this delicious Mississippi Pulled Pork, as it’s very versatile.
27. Mexican Pork Stew
Make a memorable meal with this Mexican Pork Stew. This easy recipe is bursting with flavors and your favorite ingredients like pork, sausages and beans.
You will defiantly keep this pocket friendly recipe in your collection. When you are craving comfort food, make this spicy Mexican pork stew and get satisfied for sure.
28. Pozole Rojo
Pozole Rojo is an ultimate Mexican soup! This classy, cozy, and incredibly delicious recipe is a rich vibrant bowl of goodness.
It has all addictive flavors in one single bite. You will defiantly get rave reviews for this comforting soup, and you can make it 3 different ways.
Give your family a Latin American delicacy with this Sancocho recipe! This one-pot stew is loaded with lots of meat and vegetables.
Rich and flavorful, Sancocho is great to serve with white rice or tostones. Just Enjoy…
30. Rich Pork Stew
We’re wrapping this exciting list of pork butt recipes with this Rich Pork Stew! You will surely add this recipe to your best and favorite comfort foods list.
This amazing stew is loaded with onions, garlic, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, and pork butt, with a perfectly spiced and flavored tomato base.
Your family will defiantly get addicted to this Rich Pork Stew.
Frequently Asked Questions
Look for a cut that is well-marbled with streaks of fat, as this will result in juicier, more flavorful meat. The exterior should have a healthy pink color.
The cooking time for pork butt can vary widely based on several factors, including the cooking method used, the size of the cut, and whether it’s bone-in or boneless. However, assuming it is not cut into smaller pieces, you’re probably looking at a minimum of 3-4 hours. For larger cuts, or if cooking in the slow cooker, count on longer.
Pork butt and pork shoulder are not the same, although they’re often used interchangeably. Pork butt comes from the upper part of the shoulder and has more fat marbling, making it great for slow cooking. Pork shoulder, sometimes labeled as “picnic shoulder” or “picnic roast,” is from the lower part of the pig’s front shoulder and is usually a bit leaner.
Aim for an internal temperature of 195°F (90°C) for pulled pork. This ensures that the meat is cooked through and tender.
Yes, these appliances are excellent options for cooking pork butt, especially if you want to “set it and forget it.
What a great variety of pork butt recipes. Take this affordable cut of meat to new levels with these great dishes!
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- 4-5 pound pork butt
- 7-8 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 Tbsp Creole seasoning
- 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1 Tbsp Louisiana hot sauce
- Mix with all dry ingredients along with chopped garlic. Generously rub this mixture all over the pork.
- Add the pork, fat side up, to the slow cooker along with the apple cider. Add on hot sauce.
- Cover and cook for about 8 hours on low, or 5 hours on high. (see note 1)
- Once cooked, shred meat with two forks and toss well with the sauce.
- The cooking time can vary if you use a larger or smaller roast, so make sure the pork is fork tender.
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