We love BBQ. We’ve been all over the country to eat it. We specifically love BBQ style meats cooked low and slow. Despite many inaccessible items now becoming available in the regular grocery store, the pork shoulder or pork butt remains an item we still need to go to a specialty meat store to get. Thankfully we have one right around the corner. And we frequent it often.
John is in charge of meat around these parts so this is really his recipe with my documentation. It seems intimidating but it is seriously so easy. All it really requires is patience but trust me, the reward is sweet.
John’s Pulled Pork
Two 7 lb. bone-in pork shoulders (we prefer bone in because it allows the pork to adhere to something while cooking, if we went with boneless for 12 hours I fear the pork would just crumble apart)
4 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. paprika
2 tbsp. garlic powder
2 tbsp. red pepper flake
2 tbsp. chili powder
2 tbsp. cayenne pepper
Place your pork shoulders in a big roasting pan on a rack. They shouldn’t be touching and they need to be elevated off the bottom of the pan so the fat can drip off. Combine the rub ingredients in one container and then mix thoroughly. Rub your pork shoulders (every little nook and cranny) with all of the rub. Slow cook in the oven at 250 degrees for 12 hours (we usually let it go overnight). When it’s done take the pork out of the oven and let it rest for 1 hour. Use two forks, or your hands, to pull apart the pork into whatever size shred you like.
John and his spice rubbed pork
Pork shoulders ready for cooking
After 12 hours of slow cooking, the pork is falling off the bone and has a great bark.
John hand pulled all the pork
Delicious pulled pork
Our short and long term plans for this pulled pork include pulled pork quesadillas, pulled pork sandwiches, and pulled pork and cornbread. It’s just so versatile. Eat it dry or drenched in BBQ sauce (my preference). You really can’t go wrong with pulled pork!