Hi all! Been a while since ive been active. Started a new position that requires a lot more out of me at work.
I've been doing A TON of smoking lately, and have just been really trying to perfect y craft, and my recipes. I started with a few different store bought rubs for the first several years of owning a smoker, and have just gone more and more basic on each cook. And focused primarily on getting my Butts just right.
My favorite BBQ place around here inspired me to just try basic S&P rubs, and though I do like them, I've decided to add a 3rd "secret" ingredient to my rubs to add just a touch of uniqueness. Inspired by an email from Jeff fro his coffee marinated ribs, I decided coffee would be a good choice. All the rubs, even in lighter quantities just overtook the flavor of the meat for me, so I thought it would be worth a try.
Went to a good gourmet type foods store, and poured out a half a bag of FRESH Colombian Dark Roast coffee beans, and ground them up. For my "rub" I really just put on some EVOO, then liberally, but not heavily, sprinkle Salt and Pepper to all sides of the Shoulder. Then take pinches of the finely ground Coffee and sprinkle it pretty lightly but to dust the whole surface of the roast (if you are a big coffee person you may wish to be more liberal).
(Smoke roast at 235 for about 13 hours or till 200 at center, I did wrap with a bit of apple cider vinegar for last hour and a half)
The result was HANDS DOWN, the BEST pulled pork I have had ANYWHERE! It had the perfect light juicy flavor, and just a hint of coffee goodness, that may be hard to identify unless you know what it is. I will smoke every butt I ever do this way until the day I die! (well unless I take a request or something)
Didn't snap too many pics cause it was a busy day and a family BBQ, but here are the 2 I snapped: