Best Way to Shred Pork


Pork is a type of meat that actually has many different uses. When you are cooking with it, there are so many ways to do so. One way is shredding pork and using it as a filling in tacos or burritos.

It can also be used as an addition to your favorite barbecue sauce for pulled pork sandwiches. This blog post will provide you with the best way to shred pork so that it tastes great no matter what you use it for!

The Many Uses of Shredded Pork

Shredded pork is great just by itself with some barbecue sauce, though. It can also be used for a variety of different tacos so that you have something new to enjoy every time.

For instance, shredded beef or chicken tacos are very popular in many areas but one way to add an extra kick is to use pulled pork instead. This type of taco is often called a pork flauta or taquito.

It can also be used as an ingredient for chalupas, burritos, and even enchiladas.

How to Prepare Shredded Pork

Shredded pork has many uses in cooking so it is important to know the best way to do it. First, you need to start with a large pork shoulder. Place it in a crockpot with some barbecue sauce so that it is covered and then cook it on low for eight hours or overnight if possible.

This will ensure that the meat can become tender enough to easily shred apart using two forks. When you try this out, be sure to add more barbecue sauce before serving as you may want it a bit saucier.

Option 1: Use a Stand Mixer

A stand mixer is, by far, the best way to shred pork. Pork meat has a tendency to clump and become very dense when shredded finely. This is the opposite of what we want!

The slow rotating blades on a stand mixer will ensure that your pork becomes light and fluffy in texture.

Plus, with all the different attachments and variations of speeds on offer, you can choose an option that best fits your needs.

In order to shred pork with a stand mixer, you will need to put the meat in the bowl and attach the paddle attachment. Make sure you have lowered the speed on your mixer before adding in any other ingredients such as salt, pepper, or ground cumin.

Then start mixing and try not to over-work it. If you want a more shredded texture, you can also set up the stand mixer to shred for about 90 seconds.

Option 2: Use a Food Processor

One way to shred pork is with a food processor. This will ensure that the meat comes out nice and juicy, which means it will be much better tasting than if you were to just use your hands or some forks.

It also makes for easier cleanup because there are fewer utensils involved. To do this, simply place chunks of pork in the food processor and pulse on high until it is shredded.

Option 3: Use a Hand Mixer

The use of a standard hand mixer can be a way to shred pork, but it would require the pork to be cut into smaller pieces so that the mixer could work its way through each piece of meat.

The speed on the hand mixer should also be turned up higher than what is usually used for mixing dough. It would also take a little longer. A food processor can do it faster and easier.

Option 4: Use a Fork

Typically, it is easiest to use a fork and then place the fork on top of the pork. You’re going to want to work from the outer edges of the pork towards the center.

Place your hand on top of the pork and stab the skin with a fork three or four times. You want to stab through all layers of meat and fat without stabbing any bones.

Use your fork to repeatedly stab at where you previously pierced before pulling the meat apart. This will allow all chunks of meat and fat in between each section to come loose without piercing any bones or tendons that would be found inside.


When you are cooking with pork, there is no shortage of ways to use it. Pork can be shredded and used for tacos or burritos as well as pulled pork sandwiches. The best way to shred the meat will depend on what dish you plan on making.

In order to ensure that your shredded pork tastes great regardless of its final destination, we have provided a few options above.

Bobby Johnson

When he's not writing about barbecue, you can find Bobby smoking meat for friends and family. He's been a backyard pitmaster for roughly half his life, and has worked with nearly every cut of meat. Not everyone has a hands-on guide to teach them BBQ, but that's what Bobby hopes to do with Electric Smoker HQ. He wants to help people create amazing food that they can be proud of.