Prep 2 hrs
Cook 4 hrs
Pulled pork and the BEST sauce in the U.S. From Cooks Illustrated.
- 1 cup table salt
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons liquid smoke
- 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
- 1 boneless pork butt, cut in half horizontally (about 5 lbs.)
- 1⁄4 cup yellow mustard
- 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 cup yellow mustard
- 1⁄2 cup white vinegar
- 1⁄4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1⁄4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons hot sauce
- 1 teaspoon table salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- Dissolve 1 cup salt, 1/2 cup sugar, and 3 tablespoons liquid smoke in 4 quarts cold water in large container. Submerge pork in brine, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2 hours.
- While pork brines, combine 1/4 yellow mustard and remaining 2 teaspoons liquid smoke in small bowl; set aside. Combine 2 tbsp black pepper, 2 tablespoons paprika, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, remaining 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoons cayenne pepper in second small bowl; set aside.
- Adjust oven rack to lower-middle and heat oven to 325 degrees.
- Remove pork from brine and dry thoroughly with paper towels. Rub mustard mixture over entire surface of each piece of pork. Sprinkle entire surface of each piece with spice mixture. Place pork on wire rach inside foil-lined baking sheet. Place piece of parchment paper over pork, then cover with sheet of aluminum foil, sealing edges to prevent moisture from escaping. Roast pork for 3 hours.
- Remove pork from oven; remove and discard foil and parchment. Carefully pour off liquid in botton of baking sheet into fat separator and reserve for sauce. Return pork to oven and cook, uncovered, until well browned, tendeer, and internal temperature registers 200 degrees on instant-read thermometer about 1 1/2 hours. Transfer pork to serving dish, tent loosely with foil and allow to rest for 20 minutes.
- While pork rests, pour 1/2 cup of defatted cooking liquid from fat separator into medium bowl.
- Combine all sauce ingredients in medium bowl with cooking liquid and whisk to combine.
- Second Sauce: Lexington Vinegar Barbecue Sauce:.
- 1 cup cider vinegar.
- 1/2 cup ketchup.
- 1/2 cup water.
- 1 tablespoons sugar.
- 3/4 teaspoons salt.
- 3/4 red pepper flakes.
- 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper.
Wonderful recipe! I found a copy of the recipe in Cooks Illustrated magazine, but instead of the South Carolina Mustard BBQ sauce, I used the Lexington Vinegar BBQ sauce, so I will base my review on the meat alone. The meat turned out quite moist and very flavourful with the seasoning added. This recipe will definitely be used again! Thanks for posting the recipe, but I do urge you to try the Lexington BBQ sauce...we thought it was dynamite!!!