Pulled Pork Recipe for all

Discussion in 'Pork' started by johnh, Apr 5, 2006.

  1. bob-bqn

    bob-bqn Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I don't disturb a butt while it's cooking either. But I do use a pair of PVC gloves to handle it when it's done, 200* meat is hot and the 250* metal rack is even hotter.
  2. jminion

    jminion Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    I agree but I use white cotton gloves from the dollar store and cover them with a pair of nitrile food handling gloves. Same setup when I pull butts or take a part a whole hog.
  3. I really want to thank all of you for the kind words. I am very happy that you liked the results. As I said before, this is the culmination of the best parts for pulling pork that I have found.

    Those results look fantastic. The pictures are awesome. Looks like some plld'pork that I want to sink my teeth into.

    I will let you in on my little secret. I use a Traeger grill. Before I continue, I am not related to the Traeger grill family, business nor am financially invested in these grills whatsoever.

    The link is http://www.traegerindustries.com/ for the manufacturer. However, it seems to me that the largest distributor of these grills is http://www.traegergrills.com/ this is where is ordered mine from.

    These smokers rock. I was so fed up with waking up every couple of hours to check the "smoker". Yes, I have read much on the 'Green Egg' and similar products. They may be great but are not for me....I have to sleep and love BBQ.

    These grills keep the temp constant, allowing you to get some shut eye. Yes, you dooo have to plan for spraying, but if you start the smoking late in the evening, the moisture replenishment really only needs to happen in the morninig.

    One tip..... The standard Traeger thermometer for temp control


    does not allow for any monitored temp between 180 and 250. That is the sweetspot for smoking. That digital thermomeer has increments of 180/250/275. That would just not work for me.

    I contacted Bridget at Traegergrills.com ([email protected] ... she is great. They shipped me an alternate thermometer. This thermometer has the similar 180 setting (see ppic above - Smoke) but starts at 225, increments to 250 then 275 etc. That was perfect for me. I do not have a picture of this, it is not digital but has the required temps.

    That thermometer has made the difference. Anyway, back to smoking. The pics are great. Please don't forget to try the alternative sauce I mentioned above. It is the only finishing sauce I use...now.

    Cheers, good pork and better beer......

  4. jminion

    jminion Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    I have been cooking on a Traeger mobile unit for a few years, it's got some age on it, serial # is 255. It will handle 350 pounds of butt and I've cooked 120 racks of spares in one cook without rib racks.
    Will do up to 150 pound hog. It is a producer.

    There is a new board coming out that does 225 on it and it has dual probe setup. There is a meat probe that once the meat hits desired temp the pit goes into a hold mode at 140. Trouble is you have to call CookShack to get it.

    There is also a guy in Portland OR that can modify the old style board and add 225 setting.

  5. Hi John
    I'm new to this and i would love to try your recipe but i see no pink salt in the recipe, every thing i have read says use pink salt. can you please advise? thanks

    ps my mouth was watering reading your recipe
  6. jminion

    jminion Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    When you say pink salt, that would normally mean a curing agent. That would not be needed unless you are cooking a very low temps and you are dealing with ground meat. Now if you were trying to make something like buckboard bacon then you would cure it first before putting it on the pit.
  7. Completely agree with jminion. I really like the Mortons Piclking salts. If you cant find that, try to get mortons Kosher salt. Just make sure that you do not use iodized salt, i.e. table salt.

    If you are unfamiliar with these two products, here are pictures of the boxes
  8. jlloyd99

    jlloyd99 Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    An important thing to remember when using these salts is that you need to measure by weight, not volume. It volume is specified in a recipe you'll need to adjust amounts accordingly for the different types of salt.

    Table salt weighs about 10 ounces per cup, while kosher salt weighs 5-8 ounces per cup, depending on the brand. If you're using something other than Morton Kosher or Diamond Crystal Kosher salt? Regardless of the type of salt—sea salt, pickling salt, and any other brand of kosher salt—just measure 10 ounces of it on a kitchen scale, and you will have the equivalent of 1 cup of table salt.
  9. Excellent point jlloyd99. Thank You for bringing that up again. I mention that exact thing in the original recipe. The weight vs volume is often misunderstood or just overlooked. Your explanation definately goes beyond what I had written.

    This is just another great example of how we try to have each others backs on this website.

    God, I love this place.......
  10. This really sounds yummy. I'm thinking to try this for my first outing with the new GOSM. One thing I'm curious about is the brining step. Have folks that used this recipe done the specified quantities? 12 oz of salt to 2 quarts of water just seems like a LOT of salt, then add a bit more with the rub. Maybe the rinse and hold after the brine evens things out? TIA to one and all for any advice on this.
  11. smokingn00b

    smokingn00b Fire Starter

    I've done this recipe twice and both times it came out great. My only advice is if you follow it to a T it's got some kick so maybe cut the cayenne portions in half. Also, if you're worried about too much salt I would cut it out of the rub and sauces before I would reduce it in the brine. From what I understand the salt is a crucial part of getting the other flavors in the meat during the brine. Give it a shot and let us know how it goes. Take some pics too if you can, we all love pics!
  12. That is what I thought at first also. But after reading more into brines, I realized that it was on the money. The meat does not taste salty at all. Be careful if you do decide to reduce the salt quantity, you may wind up soaking the pork in sugar water.

    Either way, let me know how you like it.

  13. Thanks guys! Wish I could try this out this weekend, but I'll be out of town. I'll use the full amount of salt for the brine, probably split batches of sauce for hot / mild. Might even try subbing some chipotle powder for the cayenne.

  14. Brucebbq,

    Just some last thoughts.

    The finishing sauce in the recipe might accentuate the "zingyness" of the spices. Some of my closest friends preferred the alternatve I mentioned on pg. 2

    an alternative to the "Finishing Sauce". PG's post "Bodacious Ribs" has a link to some recipes that he suggests. I tried his sauce recipe on the pork and it was spectacular. Here is the link to his post:


    Here is PG's sauce recipe. Once again, the recipe below is not mine: It is a wonderful alternative to the finishing sauce I described in the recipe.

    The Sauce
    2 ½ cups Heinz catsup 2 tbsp soy sauce
    4 cups brown sugar 1 tbsp tabasco
    1 bottle chili sauce ¾ cup lemon juice
    1 ½ cups wine vinegar ½ cup yellow mustard
    1 cup H20 1 tbsp celery seed
    4 tbsp Worcestershire 3 tbsp minced garlic
    1 tbsp coarse pepper 1 can of beer

    Mix all ingredients, bring to a boil and simmer for 1 hr. to thicken. Serve on the side with the ribs.

    This recipe is the polar opposite of the original...carolina VS tomato based. Both are good but the average folk seem to prefer the silkiness and calmness of this second recipe.

    Whatever you decide, enjoy!! However, I will let you know that both results are fantastic - yet totally different. I might be prudent to make both finishing recipes - the Carolina version is easy enough and everyone likes a tomato based sauce.

    I have found that the finishing sauce adds that little extra something to the pork at serving time.

    Last thought.......get a roll....split it into 3's. On one add nothing...on the other add the Carolina sauce and on the third...add the tomato based sauce above.

    It would be a fun way for you to decide which one you really enjoy. You may want to include your guests in this as it also makes for a fun night and then you know what they like.

    If you have any suggestions or additions, please do not hesitate to let me know.

    Trying to help - John
  15. I just want to clarify one thing from my last port. by saying "average folk", I only meant most people....that's all.
  16. scott t

    scott t Newbie

    Here's my dumb question about making pulled pork. If you purchase a shoulder butt with the bone in do you have to debone prior to smoking or can you leave the bone in and will it give extra flavor? I assume bone in would take a little longer or is this something that just isn't done?

    I saw in the other postings the technique how to debone a shoulder butt.


  17. jminion

    jminion Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    I leave it in, can use the bone to test for tenderness as you remove it.
  18. Welcome John!
    And quite detailed - and now just hours after I completed ribs, I want to try this recipe! - Never brined anything besides chicken and turkey, but am open to new ideas - the molassas and salt is a trick I found (on here, perhaps?) for some pretty darn good jerky - great tasting stuff for sure!
  19. jaynik

    jaynik Smoking Fanatic

    JohnnyK, I'm trying something similar. I'm smoking a shoulder tonight and will pop it in a crock pot at 6 am tomorrow to re-heat. I'll include some sauce in the crock post and hope to have a masterpiece! I'm glad to hear it worked out well for you! Makes me less nervous...
  20. shellbellc

    shellbellc Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I haven't followed the recipe from start to end yet, but have made the pulled sauce and the finishing sauce on my pulled pork and have received raves about it!! I do have to warn people about the finishing sauce that you only need a very small amount, some were trying add it like a barbcue sauce and it's just a little too vinegary for that much. The pulled sauce is really just perfect that you don't even need the finishing sauce...

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