A variation of Alton Brown's recipe. If you have only cooked pulled pork in the oven, you are really missing out on a treat. The smoke gives a beautiful flavor and adds the smoke ring that to me is the mark of good barbecue. You can use whatever type of sauce you prefer on this- vinegar based, mustard, or tomato based. Whichever type you use, it is best if it is on the thin side, so water it down if you need to.
- 6 -8 lbs boston butt or 6 -8 lbs pork shoulder (may weigh less if it is boneless)
for the brine
- 3⁄4 cup molasses
- 12 ounces pickling salt or 12 ounces kosher salt
- 2 quarts water
for the spice rub
- 2 teaspoons whole cumin seeds
- 2 teaspoons whole fennel seeds
- 2 teaspoons whole coriander seeds
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 tablespoons onion powder
- 2 tablespoons paprika
for the hog mop
- 1⁄2 cup barbecue sauce (whatever type you're using)
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 8 -10 split fresh kaiser rolls or 8 -10 sandwich buns
- barbecue sauce (your favorite)
- Coleslaw (optional)
- Combine ingredients for the brine.
- Place the pork roast into the brine, making sure it is submerged, and refrigerate for 10-12 hours, or overnight.
- Using a spice mill or mortar and pestle, grind ingredients for the spice rub into a fine powder.
- At the appropriate time, drain the pork roast from the brine and pat dry with paper toweling.
- Apply the spice rub to the pork roast, massaging it in, using gloves if desired to keep the rub from sticking to your fingers.
- Mix together ingredients for mop/baste and set aside.
- Prepare smoker or grill.
- When the smoker/grill temperature has reduced to 210F, add the pork roast, cover grill, and cook for approximately 10 hours, or until internal temperature has reached 165-190°F.
- Do not exceed 190F for an internal temperature in the meat or it will be dry.
- Maintain smoker/grill temperature of 210F throughout cooking time (you may add soaked wood chips to the coals occasionally, if desired).
- During the last hour or so of cooking, brush on mop liberally, about every 15 minutes or so.
- When the pork is cooked, it should be tender enough that sticking it with a fork loosens the meat easily.
- The roast will appear dark (it's what is called a"bark") when fully cooked.
- Allow pork roast to"rest" for 45 minutes to an hour before pulling (try not to pick at it and eat all of it before you get a chance to pull it!).
- To pull, use your fingers or 2 forks to shred meat on a cutting board.
- To make a sandwich, thin your preferred barbecue sauce and toss with meat in a bowl.
- Place meat on a bun/roll with some cole slaw (if desired).
- May also just eat off the plate, no sandwich.
- You'll find yourself grabbing pieces to munch on anyway.