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Gretchen's Pulled Pork (Carolina Pulled Pork)

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Posted to Thread #14 at 8:33 pm on Dec 30, 2005

*1 pork shoulder or butt, bone in or out--any size--the cooking time is the same for a 3#or 8# piece
*BBQ rub of your choice (I will post mine if you want), or just rub the meat with a mixture of coarse ground black pepper and brown sugar

Let marinate 8 hours or overnight.

Method 1:
IF you have a smoker that can control the temp (I have a sidebox smoker and can keep the temp at 200-250 degrees F) smoke the meat for 4 hours, keeping the temp low. Then place the meat in a 250 degrees F oven for 4 hours to finish. It will be meltingly tender
and have a wonderful smoky flavor.

Method 2 (and this is the one I have really used for 30 years):
Place the meat in a 250 degrees F oven for 8 hours. I have often done them overnight. It will still have the melting tenderness. You will have to slap your hands to have any left over as you take it out of the oven.

When ready to serve pull chunks of meat off and then "pull" the meat into shreds by pulling between 2 forks. Do not discard the fat--mix it in. This is not a low fat dish and to really enjoy, use it!!!

For a traditional Carolina serving method very lightly moisten the meat with sweetened vinegar (1 qt. vinegar + 1/4C sugar and 2TBS coarse black pepper). To warm before serving put the vinegared
meat in a pan (black iron frying pan is good) and cover tightly. Heat at 250 degrees F until heated.

To serve, offer bbq sauces, cole slaw (in the Carolinas, it goes ON the sandwich), baked beans, rolls, and banana pudding. For fall bbq's Brunswick Stew is also offered.

For BBQ sauce here is my tomato based:

1 28-32 oz. ketchup
1 ketchup bottle cider vinegar
6 oz. yellow mustard
6 oz. Worcestershire sauce
1/2-1C brownsugar
3 oz. liquid smoke
Tabasco to your taste

Simmer for 30 minutes.

How did the fool *get* his money?!

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