Southern Style Pulled pork is a great meat for large parties where the food needs to be exceptional and simple. This recipe is a great way to cook for the large crowd yet keep the day simple! This dish can be done the day before and placed in a crock pot the day of the party and it will be wonderful!
Pork Shoulder 5-10 lbs. (Boston Butt)
5 Parts Paprika
1 part Garlic Powder
1 Part Onion Powder
2 Parts Cumin Powder
1 Part Cayenne Powder
4 Parts Brown Sugar
4 Parts Salt
1 Part Black Pepper
1 Gallon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Cup Salt
¼ Cup Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
1 Tbsp Black Pepper
1 small bottle Worcestershire Sauce
1 Small Bottle Louisiana Hot Sauce
Meat: Pork shoulder or “Boston Butt” is the cut of meat to use it has the right amount of fat to handle all day cooking. They range in size from 7-14lbs. Expect to lose about 40% during cooking, for example a 10lb piece of meat will net you about 6lbs of meat after cooking. Figure about 6-8oz for children and 10-12oz for adults.
Starting with a 10lb piece of meat will feed 12-15 people.
Prepping the meat: Use a combination of the above listed spices, or a premixed BBQ rub. Rub the spices into the meat thoroughly, preferably the evening before cooking. The meat should be completely covered in a thick layer of the spices creating a thick coating.
Start with a grill temp of about 225 degrees. You are looking for an internal temperature of about 180-190 degrees, expect about 10-12hrs of cooking time. Start the meat fat side up, turning after about 6 hrs of cooking. Basting with BBQ sauce(Optional) about every hour until meat is done. The meat should start to develop a hard crust on the outside.
After the meat reaches the desired internal temperature set the meat in a cooler wrapped in tinfoil and a towel. Let stand for 20 minutes. Then unwrap the meat, pull all of the meat away from the fat and tray.Give a light soaking with the Vinager based sauce or Bar-b-Que stir, serve on a bun and enjoy!
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