What Condiment Goes Well With Pulled Pork?

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Pulled pork is basically a form of barbecue that involves slow cooking the pork with different condiments.

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So what exact condiments go perfectly with your pulled pork recipe?

Let’s check it out!

What is pulled pork?

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Pulled pork is a Southern dish that’s typically made with a pork shoulder roast or Boston butt because these cuts are well-marbled and tough that require a long cooking time to tenderize.

It is slow-cooked until fork-tender, then shredded and pulled apart with two forks or hands.

Pulled pork is often served on a bun with or without other ingredients like coleslaw and sauces, though it can also be used as an ingredient in other dishes (such as the classic pulled pork grilled cheese).

What to consider when choosing a condiment to go with pulled pork?

When choosing a sauce to go with pulled pork, here are two things to keep in mind:

The desired flavor of the dish

Think about the flavor profile of pulled pork that you want the dish to be.

Pepper or hot sauce will provide the spiciness for your dish, while vinegar and tomato-based condiments will make your pulled pork tangier.

Sweeteners like sugar, honey, and syrup will add a touch of sweetness.

Or will you want a combination of these flavors?

Will the meat be rubbed or marinated?

If you have dry rubs on hand, pick one that is complementary to the meat’s flavors.

You can also make your own spice rub by mixing equal parts paprika, ground cumin, and salt (any other spices you like) together in a small bowl.

Rub it into all sides of the pork butt before grilling and then let rest for 30 minutes in an aluminum pan before pulling apart.

If you marinated your pulled pork ahead of time, choose a sauce that complements whatever was used to marinate it: soy sauce for teriyaki or hoisin; honey for barbecue; apple cider vinegar for Cajun-style cooking; etc…

7 best condiments to go with pulled pork

Here are the seven condiments that will help your pulled pork taste better:

BBQ sauce

Traeger Liquid Gold BBQ Sauce

BBQ sauce is a sweet and tangy sauce that is usually tomato-based.

It is not only used as a dipping sauce (side dish) for pulled pork but also a great condiment option.

It’s perfect for marinating or basting the pork before and while cooking.


Heinz Distilled White Vinegar (32 fl oz Bottles, Pack of 12)

Vinegar is a great condiment for pulled pork because it’s acidic, which helps to break down the meat and tenderize it.

Most store-bought vinegar is around 5% acidity, which means that it can be used as a substitute for lemon juice in recipes.

Vinegar is also a great flavor enhancer, so it will bring out the best in your meat.

A little bit of vinegar on a sandwich can go a long way.

You can add vinegar to the meat before you cook it or after you have cooked it.

Mustard Sauce

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Pulled pork is a delicious, versatile meat that goes great with a variety of sauces.

However, mustard sauce is an especially good choice.

Mustard sauce is a great condiment for pulled pork because it’s sweet, spicy, and tangy all at once.

The sugar in the mustard helps balance out the saltiness of the meat, while the vinegar gives it a bite that complements the smoky flavor of the pork.

The texture of the sauce is also ideal for pulling apart the meat: it’s thick enough to cling to each piece without dripping off too much but thin enough that you can still taste all of its components.

Mustard sauce is a popular condiment for pulled pork, and it’s perfect on its own or as part of a larger spread.


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Ketchup is a sweet and tangy condiment made from tomatoes.

It’s been around since the 18th century, and it’s a great choice for pulled pork.

Ketchup goes well with pulled pork sandwiches and wraps, too.

The affordable price of ketchup is also a strong point of this condiment and it is also very available on the market.

Horseradish sauce

Kraft Horseradish Sauce (12 oz Bottle)

Horseradish sauce can be made at home or purchased in a bottle.

It’s basically a mix of horseradish and mayo, with some vinegar and lemon juice added to brighten the flavor and add tanginess.

To make your own, take 2/3 cup of prepared horseradish (the stuff you get in the jar) and mix it with 1/4 cup of sour cream or plain Greek yogurt.

Add 1 tablespoon each of olive oil, white wine vinegar, and freshly squeezed lemon juice (to taste).

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

This sauce is best when served chilled on top of your pulled pork sandwich—it will keep in an airtight container for up to two weeks in the refrigerator if you want to make a big batch at once!

Brown sugar

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Brown sugar is another great condiment for pulled pork because it adds a little bit of sweetness to what is otherwise a very savory dish.

Pulled pork is usually served with other side dishes that are also very savory and salty, like macaroni salad or coleslaw.

The sweetness of the brown sugar helps balance out these side dishes.

Brown sugar can be used in a glaze, a sauce, or as part of a rub for pork.


Amazon Brand - Happy Belly Black Pepper, Coarse Ground, 3 Ounces

Pepper is a spice, and it’s used to give a spicy taste to food.

It’s used in many different cuisines around the world, including Asian, Indian, and Middle Eastern cuisine.

Pepper is also used to make many different sauces such as pepper sauce, red pepper paste, and hot sauce.

These sauces can be added to pulled pork for extra flavor if desired.


Pulled pork is a delicious way to serve up pork.

If you’re new to pulled pork, it’s a great idea to have a few different condiments on hand.

The key is finding the right flavor for your taste buds and knowing what kind of side dishes you are serving with it.