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Asian-Inspired Pulled Pork Butt

Discussion in 'Pork' started by brew, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. To celebrate the arrival of the new year, I am making a few pulled picnic butts.  Tomorrow's festivities kick off around 2 pm, so I have decided to smoke these today and overnight so as to make sure everything is delicious by the the everyone gathers.  I thought I would share my recipe with folks in case anyone else wants to do a little Asian flavored pulled pork.  

    This is a recipe I have done a few times before and has been requested repeatedly.  Feel free to add your own spin.  Everything listed is enough for one pork butt.  Multiply appropriately if you are making more than one butt.


    Garlic Powder 3 tsp

    Onion Powder 3 tsp

    Five Spice Powder 1 tsp (can be found at Asian markets or online)

    Minced Ginger 1 tsp (not powder, but the stuff from the jar)

    Cayenne Powder 1 tsp

    Mustard Flour 1 tsp (Coleman's or other similar brands)

    Brown Sugar 6 tsp

    Light Soy Sauce 12 tsp 

    I put the paste/rub on the pork butt and let in sit in a plastic bag overnight.

    While cooking, about every hour or so, I spritz with the following mixture.  Once the the meat hits around 160F internal, I cover the whole tray in foil.  If I have any of the spritz left, I dump what's left over the meat so as not to open the foil until the meat is done resting.


    Rice Cooking Wine 3/4 cup

    Black Vinegar 1/4 cup

    Rice Vinegar 1/4 cup

    Apple Juice 1/4 cup

    White Sugar 1/4 cup

    I smoke over nectarine wood at about 225F for 6 hours or so, then finish in the oven at 225F until it hits 200F internal temp on the digital.  I let it rest for at least an hour before pulling.

    I'll post some pictures when everything is done tomorrow.

    Happy New Year!
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2010
  2. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    It all sounds good, can't wait to see the finish.
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now it does sound really good so hurry please I'm hungry.
  4. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    sounds good!
  5. Sorry it has taken me a while to post the Qview.  I actually added some brown sugar to the meat after I pulled it because it didn't have the right sweetness.  Not sure what I did differently. but it came out fine in the end.  Here are pics in chronological order:

    Rubbed Down and ready to smoke


    Moved to Oven After 6 Hours


    Resting (though we snuck a taste)


    The Finished Product

    Last edited: Jan 2, 2011
  6. kevink

    kevink Fire Starter

    Gosh that looks great. I hope they invent internet smell-o-vision soon. Where do you find nectarine wood, and how do you serve this up? CWB?
  7. deannc

    deannc Master of the Pit

    Interesting recipe I'll have to save that one, thanks!  Nice looking butts.  
  8. dougmays

    dougmays Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    this looks amazing! i'm going to try it this weekend!

    i wonder....could you do something with the drippings to make a "asian au-jus"....maybe put the drippings in the fridge to separate the fat....discard and add terkiaki? green onions? ponzu? soy?

    any thoughts?
  9. thebarbequeen

    thebarbequeen Smoking Fanatic

    Looking VERY nice there, Brew!!  I hadn't thought of five-spice in my rubs yet!  
    barbecue-wood.com has an impressive variety of woods if you don't mind mail order
  10. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very nice! Ever tried soflaquers finishing sauce? It's in the wiki & it's sooooo good
  11. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Great looking recipe and the results look great
  12. papagreer

    papagreer Meat Mopper

    Agreed, its incredible. 
  13. papagreer

    papagreer Meat Mopper

    Hey Brew,

    Those butts sound good! Here is a five spice recipe I found online that is the real deal and tastes just as good or better then the pre bottled kind. I find that it tastes better because you are making this fresh rather then having it sit on a shelf. 

    Five Spice Powder

    2 teaspoons Szechuan Peppercorns 

    8 Star Anise

    1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves

    1 tablespoon Ground Cinnamon

    1 tablespoon Ground Fennel Seeds

    In a dry skillet, roast 2 teaspoons of Szechuan peppercorns by shaking the pan over low to medium heat until the aroma of the peppercorns is released (about three minutes).

    Grind the roasted peppercorns and 8 star anise in a blender or pepper mill.

    Strain the blended seasonings.

    Mix in 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon ground fennel seeds.

    Grind the seasonings until very fine.

    Store in an airtight container.

    ***If desired, you can substitute black peppercorns for the Szechuan peppercorn, and ground anise for the star anise (use 4 teaspoons of ground anise).***


  14. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nice! Worth the wait!
  15. Thanks for the great feedback.

    papagreer, I've been wanting to make my own 5 Spice, but I didn't have a spice/coffee grinder to spare.  Now I do.  Thanks for the recipe!

    I forgot to mention that my buddy at whose house we had the New Years Eve party came up with a great serving idea.  In addition to putting the pulled pork on a warm corn tortilla, he made a simple pineapple salsa that went perfectly with the pork.  Here is the approximate recipe.  It was all done by eye-balling and estimation, no recipe or measurements.

    1 Can pineapple chunks, chopped medium-fin

    1/4 red onion, chopped fine

    1 teaspoon chopped cilantro (this is my guess to the amount that was used)

    Juice from 1/2 a lime

    Mix and serve.

    We will definitely be making this pulled pork w/pineapple salsa again.  The leftovers have were heavenly when reheated, but sadly are all gone.  :(

  16. I'm sure you could, but I like having the drippings all mixed in with the meat as is.   They are pretty flavorful from the rub spices.  But if you do try something with the juices, post it up and let us know how it goes!
  17. I am lucky enough to have a father-in-law who has lots of fruit trees on his property and lives in the central valley of California where there are lots of orchards.  He supplies all of my wood for smoking just based on what trees are being replaced.  
  18. ambrosia

    ambrosia Newbie

    Do you take it off the grill and finish it in the oven to speed up the cooking process?  Is that why you don't do it entirely on the smoker or do you have another reason?  Happy New Year!!