Smoked Pulled Pork
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- Ready In:
- 9hrs 10mins
- 8 -10 lbs pork shoulder (boston butt)
- 3 ounces light brown sugar
- 1⁄3 cup garlic powder
- 1⁄4 cup black pepper, ground
- 1⁄4 cup thyme, dried
- 1⁄2 cup oregano, fresh and chopped
- 1⁄2 cup seasoning salt
- 1⁄4 cup chili powder
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons celery salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fennel seed
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled
- 1⁄8 teaspoon sage, dried & rubbed
- hickory chips
- Soak your hickory chips overnight.
- Mix together all ingredients except the Boston Butt. Liberally coat the pork with the dry rub mixture, really rubbing it into the meat.
- Place your charcoal grates at the lowest setting and your food rack at the highest setting in your grill. Pour charcoal in the grill and light. Once the coals are ready, move all the coals to one side. Place a pan of water on the other side. (An old aluminum pan from a pan of rolls works well -- something disposable).
- Place the meat on the cold side of the grill, fat side up. Add hickory chips to the charcoal and close the lid.
- Add more chips every 20 to 30 minutes. Add charcoal as needed, being careful not to let the fire die.
- Continue to smoke the pork for 9 hours. If you prefer not to have a crispy outside, you can wrap the meat in heavy duty aluminum foil for the last three hours of cooking.
- Remove from the heat and "pull" the meat. This means to separate the meat from any fat, gristle or bone, pulling the meat into strips suitable for sandwiches.
- Toss the meat with a vinegar hot sauce. (Optional).
- Serve with barbecue sauce on a hamburger bun.
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If I could make it 10 stars it deserves it.<br/>I have made this twice for large groups and coupled with a Carolina mustard based BBQ sauce it is absolutely to die for. In the rub I added 1 tsp dry mustard, and 1 tsp onion powder, increased the paprika to 3 tsp and used the smoked version and deleted the fennel seed. I smoked it with both apple wood and a little mesquite 4 hrs and finished it in the oven at 400 deg. to get it up to 200 internal temp. I added enough of the bbq sauce to the pulled meat to add flavor and moisture since the meat can get a bit dried out if not careful.
Yum! I made this with a 4lb boneless pork loin in the smoker (which took about 3 hrs since it was half the size of what the recipe called for). I made the regular amount of rub called for (using smoked paprika and adding some cumin) and really doused the meat with it. I also splashed some liquid smoke onto the pork a few times while smoking, as well as put some in the water. I let the roast set loosely covered in foil on the counter for about 30 minutes, then chopped away. Put it in my dutch oven with some cider vinegar and BBQ sauce and let simmer another 30 minutes. It was devoured! Next time (yes there will be), I will reduce the amount of chili powder (personal preference). Thanks for sharing a super recipe. :)