Eastern North Carolina Pulled Pork

Course : Pork
Serves: 8
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Ingredients:

---FOR THE RUB---
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons black pepper
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup paprika
---FOR THE SAUCE---
3 cups apple cider vinegar
3 cups water
1/3 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons paprika -- (Hungarian is best)
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 cup Worcestershire sauce
---PORK---
6 pounds pork picnic shoulder roast or Boston butt -- (up to 10)
 

Preparation / Directions:

Mix rub ingredients together and store in a tightly sealed jar. Recipe makes enough for about 3 roasts. Rub spice mixture on the meat the night before smoking. Place meat in Ziploc freezer bag and let it sit overnight in the refrigerator. Remove the meat 1 hour before going into smoker and let it come to room temperature. Mix sauce ingredients well and bring to boil and then simmer for 2 hours. Prepare smoker and pace meat on grill of smoker. Smoke pork at 220-240F for about 1 1/2 hours per pound. Mop every hour with sauce. Turn roast over every 2 hours or so. Here is when Danny Gaulden takes out his pork shoulders: For a tender, easy to slice roast- out of pit at 180F internal For a tender, easy to slice, pullable roast- out of pit at 185F For a tender, easy to pull roast- out of pit at 190F Remove roast from smoker and let stand for 15 minutes. Slice or pull off meat in strips and separate from fat. For pulled-pork sandwiches, chop the meat. Spoon some of the sauce onto a fresh split bun/roll. Heap on meat and spoon on more sauce over meat. Serve with coleslaw on the sandwich or on the side.


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