National Pulled Pork Day

National Pulled Pork Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on the 12th day of October. It’s a day that celebrates an American culinary dish that’s made out of slow-cooked pork shoulder that’s been smoked over wood, manually shredded, and then usually mixed with a BBQ sauce.

It’s most often used to make tasty sandwiches (ones that are often topped with coleslaw), but it can also be used to make chili, pulled pork tacos or nachos, enchiladas, or even be used as a pizza topping. In our opinion, the month of October is the perfect month for enjoying this dish and the holiday as well.

The History Of National Pulled Pork Day

Pulled pork is a dish that’s been enjoyed in the U.S for a long time. The process of smoking pork was first done by the Spanish, but it was also done by African-American slaves as well. That’s because smoking cheap cuts of pork could make them more palatable. This dish became increasingly popular in the Southern U.S but has spread all through the rest of the country.

Some Tasty Pulled Pork Facts

We can’t resist serving up some delicious pulled pork facts for all of our readers. We searched high and low for facts that we think everyone would appreciate and then we listed them below for convenience. Let’s take a look at them before we wander off and celebrate National Pulled Pork Day.

  • Pigs were first domesticated in China around 7,500 B.C.
  • In the 18th and 19th centuries, Asian pigs were introduced into Europe where they co-mingled with European wild boars.
  • The word BBQ comes from the Taino language of the Arawak tribe of the Caribbean. It comes from the word “barbacoa.”
  • According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), about 40% of all U.S meat consumption is pork.

Observing National Pulled Pork Day

This holiday is easy enough to observe, as long as a person doesn’t dislike pork. All one has to do is make some pulled pork or buy some pulled pork from a BBQ place. This pulled pork can be used to make sandwiches, nachos, or about a hundred other dishes.

No matter what a person decides to do with their pulled pork, they should be sure to let everyone know what they made using the hashtag #PulledPorkDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2023)
October 12 Thursday
Next year (2024)
October 12 Saturday
Last year (2022)
October 12 Wednesday
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