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Monday, October 26, 2015

Southern BBQ Pulled Pork


The South, land of barbecue, pig pickings, pulled pork, it's just good stuff no matter where you are. Not all of us have those fancy smokers. They are nice and great and all if you have them. This recipe is a "made in the oven" recipe. I've seen recipes using a crock pot but they don't save time truly, usually cooking just as long as the oven method. You have to work with what you have, right!?!

If you've ever been intimidated by making this goodness, don't be. Most of us aren't trying to be barbecue masters, just make good food. This is it and it's easier than you think. I can tell you, there have never been any complaints about this dish when served to a crowd. In fact, I would be surprised if you have any left over.

Pulled pork is made using a Pork Butt, also known as a Pork Shoulder or Boston Butt. It doesn't come from the derriere region of the pig as some might think. It is a shoulder roast.

So let's make some barbecue y'all!

Ingredients:
1 - 5-7 lb Pork Butt (Boston Butt, Pork Shoulder)
1/3 c Dry Rub
1 tsp Kosher Salt
Wet Sauce - your favorite barbecue sauce from the store - get a variety for guest. Some like sweet, some like spicy.
Aluminum Foil

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Start by rinsing your pork butt and dry well with a paper towel. Sprinkle with the dry rub and kosher salt well on all sides and rub it into that pig! Make sure you keep a mental note of which side the fat side is on at all times as you begin to wrap the pork butt in foil. Wrap it well with several pieces of foil to make sure it's air tight. Place the wrapped pork butt, fat side up, into a roasting pan. Place in your preheated 375 degree oven for 1 hour. Turn the oven temperature down to 225 degrees and cook another 10-12 hours. I will sometimes start the pork butt the night before and finish it off the next day. Once your cooking time is over, unwrap and pull the pork apart. Cooking it low and slow will make the meat so tender it practically falls apart into the shredded pulled pork by itself.
Serve with Slaw and Baked Beans. That's a whole lot of goodness, just like you'd get in a restaurant! Have a few varieties of barbecue sauce to offer guests to top their sandwich with. This size pork butt will serve 8-10 people. 

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Homemade Old Fashioned BBQ Sauce

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