Are you a barbeque lover? Who isn’t, honestly? The smoky smell and the sizzling sound of the meat make our hearts melt right away. However, if you are a real meat fan, you would know that, of all the things, nothing beats the perfectly barbecued pulled pork!
This southern American dish is not only rich in protein. Its flavourful taste and tender texture make it the perfect mouth-watering dish. You can serve it at any event for your friends or family or even just to treat yourself!
To make pulled pork, most commonly, the shoulder cut of the pig is used, which is also known as the Boston cut. However, other mixed cuts of the hog are sometimes also used. Here, we have the perfect recipe for all the foodies out there, that will help Barbeque pulled pork just the right way.
Things You Need
- 5-6 cups of wood chips
- 2-burner gas grill
- Meat thermometer
- Marinade Injection
- 4 pounds Boston butt pork
Ingredients for Marination
- 2 tsp salt
- 2tsp pepper
- 1tsp parsley flakes
- 1tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp rosemary
- 1 minced garlic clove
- 1 pureed onion
- 1 tbsp water
- ½ cup vinegar
- 1 cup olive oil
- ½ cup chopped basil
Ingredients for The Spice Rub
- ¼ cup paprika
- 2tbsp salt
- 2 tbsp white sugar
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp cumin powder
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 2 tbsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
Ingredients for Pulled Pork Sauce
- 1 cup prepared mustard
- ½ cup of sugar
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ¾ cup apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup of water
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp white pepper
- ½ tsp cayenne
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp liquid smoke
Take the Boston Butt Pork Roast and remove the pieces of fat that are loosened at the sides. Let the remaining fat stay on the pork. Use a meat injection to inject the marination deep into different parts of the pork piece. Do not add more marination when it starts oozing out after a specific amount. You can use the same marination on top of the pork piece as well. This marination is made by combining salt, onion, garlic, rosemary, oregano, parsley, and pepper ground finely altogether with water, vinegar, and olive oil. Make sure that this mixture is smooth and does not get stuck in the meat injection.
The pork piece is then pat dry, and a mixture of spices is rubbed all over it. Make sure to apply a decent coat and work it through the pork piece. This mixture is made by grinding salt, white, and brown sugar, ground cumin, paprika, chili powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper, altogether to make a fine powder.
After you are satisfied with the coat of spices rubbed all around the meat, wrap it with a plastic wrap and keep aside to rest overnight, ideally.
Now in order to prepare the grill to start the barbecue, first and foremost, make sure it is clean, and no previous pieces of ashes remain in it. On the 2-burner gas grill, Place an aluminum tray filled with water on the rack placed above the grill. This will help keep moisture in the meat and prevent it from drying out.
Remove the lid from one side of the burner and add the wood chips in a bowl-shaped aluminum wrap. Light up these wood chips and wait until the smoke starts to appear. Make sure the wood chips are already soaked and keep adding more of these after consecutive periods to keep the fire burning.
Once sufficient smoke appears, place the pork piece onto the grill on the side that is away from the burning wood, that is, the cooler side of the grill. The fat layer of the pork should be upwards. Now cover it with the lid. Maintain the temperature at about 225 degrees Fahrenheit using a meat thermometer.
After a couple of hours, flip the pork piece to change position in order to ensure even cooking of the meat throughout. Let the pork sit for a few more hours until it reaches the ideal temperature of 195 degrees Fahrenheit. Once you attain the specified temperature, take out the pork piece and let it rest for another hour and a half.
There is a possibility that the cooking time exceeds the standard 5-6 hours, but the temperature does not touch 195 degrees Fahrenheit. In this case, the meat should be placed in the oven and heated for another hour or two until you attain the desired temperature.
Once cooked and rested, pull the pork with two forks to shred it well. At this stage, you can add the barbecue sauce for that extra punch of flavor. To make The barbecue Sauce combine mustard, white sugar, brown sugar, chili powder, black pepper, white pepper, and cayenne into water and apple cider vinegar and cook for about 20 mins. Add the soy sauce, butter, and liquid smoke afterward and simmer for another 10 mins.
The perfect barbecued pulled pork with some barbecue sauce is ready!
You can serve it as it is or adds some coleslaw to give it that little sweet flavor making it all the more delicious and scrumptious.
DISHES MADE FROM BBQ PULLED PORK
There are a number of easy to make dishes you can prepare from barbecue pulled pork. Some of these are listed below,
Barbecue Pork and Penne Skillet
Cook a bowl of pasta from the method written at the back of its packing. On the other hand, Sauté some onions, garlic, and red pepper in butter and stir it into the barbecue pulled pork with other spices according to taste.
Now add the pork mixture along with cheese into the cooled pasta to get flavorsome barbecue pork and penne skillet.
BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos
Spread a layer of nachos chips to cover the bottom of a pan. Now evenly spread the pulled pork followed by some cheddar cheese and black beans. Repeat the layering process as much as you like and top it off with a little barbecue sauce. Now pop it in the oven at a preheated temperature of 350 degrees for 10 -15 minutes. Add a little diced avocado and cilantro for a more appetizing presentation in the end.
Barbeque Pulled Pork Sandwiches.
Mix together some diced carrots, cabbage, and onions in a bowl. Add some sugar, salt, apple cider vinegar, and mayonnaise into this mixture to combine everything. Now put the pulled pork onto a bun and top it with the mayonnaise mixture and then another bun to serve as sandwiches with tea.