Eats: Beer Braised BBQ Pork Butt

Eats: Beer Braised BBQ Pork Butt

Get out your favorite dark beer for this Beer Braised BBQ Pork Butt! 

Pork Butt is a misleading name for this cut of meat. Pork butt is not in the rear of the pig but rather near the shoulder.

The shoulder cut is lower on the shoulder/butt area while Pork Butt is cut from just above the shoulder. Both cuts are tender, fatty, and benefit from long slow cooking methods. 


Prep: 2-12 hours (1-11 hours spent in the fridge)

Cook Time: 3 hours 15 minutes



For the dry rub:

2 tablespoons salt

40 grinds of black pepper

3 tablespoons chili powder (change amount based on spice level preference)

1 tablespoon garlic powder

2 teaspoons ground coriander

2 teaspoons ground mustard seed

12 ounces of dark beer

4 cloves garlic, chopped

One 5-pound pork butt (shoulder of the animal)

For the BBQ Pork Butt:

1/2 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1/3 cup dark brown sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. 
  2. Combine all rub ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Spread the rub all over the pork butt. Wrap in plastic wrap & refrigerate for up to 12 hours and 1 hour minimum. 
  3. Unwrap pork and place in a roasting pan with sides about 2 inches high. 
  4. Cook meat for 45 minutes until dark browned. Remove from oven.
  5.  Lower oven to 325 degrees F.
  6.  Pour beer over the top and add chopped garlic around the pork. Cover tightly with heavy duty aluminum foil or twice with regular foil. 
  7. Poke holes throughout the aluminum foil for the meat to breathe. 
  8.  Cook the pork for 2 ½ more hours. Meat should be tender enough to peel away easily from the center. 
  9. Place the meat on a plate and pour the pan juice into a saucepan.
  10. Add the ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire and brown sugar to the pan. Bring everything to a simmer for 20 minutes.
  11. While the sauce is boiling down, pull apart the pork with 2 forks. Pour the sauce over the pulled pork, work into the meat with a fork or your hands until fully absorbed & serve!