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    I was looking for some posts on pulled pork earlier today and it occurred to me that we need to create an official pulled pork thread so things aren't scattered all over the place. It seems that we are moving that way with other cooking-related threads, so why not? In fact, I know a few people who lurk on this site for cooking tips, so organization can't hurt.

    Pulled pork is nice because you can feed a big crowd and it is tough (but certainly not impossible) to screw it up. We hosted a lunch here today so I went to Costco and picked up a pack of two pork shoulder roasts. Nice and cheap (13 lbs for $24) and they were well-trimmed and looked like excellent pieces of meat. I took them home and cut them open to apply rub and noticed that one end of each roast was cut up (I wish I had taken pictures). My wife and I decided that they must have cut a bone out of each and then folded the pieces back together so that each roast had a rectangular shape. I thought about tying each up with some butcher twine but they seemed to hold together OK so I just left them.

    I added a liberal amount of rub on Saturday, wrapped them tightly in plastic wrap, put them in a garbage sack, and stashed them in the fridge. I pulled them out on Sunday night and put them on the Traeger with a mixture of apple and hickory pellets at 11:30 pm. Since it is wintertime and the temps are cold, I can't count on much (if any) cooking on my smoke setting, which is normally ~180 deg but is lower than that this time of year. So I set the temp gage at 225 deg and went to bed. I checked them at 7:30 and the temps ranged from 185-195 depending where I stuck the thermapen so I pulled them out and put them in a big roasting pan with a cup or two of water in the bottom and put them in the oven in a holding pattern at 170 deg (simple yet effective version of foil-towel-cooler). I pulled them at ~2 pm just in time for our lunch crowd.

    Both roasts were awesome. One was slightly drier than the other for some odd reason, but both were tender and moist. After pulling I poured some of the drippings over the pork. The crowd was delighted. We fed 25 people and had a little bit left over.

    One of the roasts just prior to pulling:


    Part of roast #1:


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    Looks great, JL. I love pulled pork. One of my favorite things to make and then use leftovers for Mexican food.

    Did you inject? Mop? Homemade rub?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJF View Post
    Looks great, JL. I love pulled pork. One of my favorite things to make and then use leftovers for Mexican food.

    Did you inject? Mop? Homemade rub?
    Yes on homemade rub, no on the other two. If you have some tricks you like to use, please share.

    Always looking for leftover ideas. Pulled pork tacos sound great. Do you do anything else (Mexican food-wise)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Yes on homemade rub, no on the other two. If you have some tricks you like to use, please share.

    Always looking for leftover ideas. Pulled pork tacos sound great. Do you do anything else (Mexican food-wise)?
    I inject and I mop once an hour the last 3 or 4 hours. I love pulled pork chili verde enchiladas. Also quesadillas are always better pulled pork.

    I will post my recipes for both the injection and mop tomorrow if you are interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJF View Post
    I inject and I mop once an hour the last 3 or 4 hours. I love pulled pork chili verde enchiladas. Also quesadillas are always better pulled pork.

    I will post my recipes for both the injection and mop tomorrow if you are interested.
    Very interested. I have a roast that I am fighting my wife for...she wants to do kalua pig and I want to do pulled pork.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FN Phat View Post
    Very interested. I have a roast that I am fighting my wife for...she wants to do kalua pig and I want to do pulled pork.
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    <Discussion on pulled pork>
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJF View Post
    One of my favorite things to make and then use leftovers for Mexican food.
    We had some great pulled pork tacos tonight.

    Quote Originally Posted by CJF View Post
    I inject and I mop once an hour the last 3 or 4 hours. I love pulled pork chili verde enchiladas. Also quesadillas are always better pulled pork.

    I will post my recipes for both the injection and mop tomorrow if you are interested.
    Definitely interested.

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    Nice! I have never tried authentic NC BBQ. I would love to do so someday.
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    In the spirit of DIY, here's a slow cooker recipe I tried a while back but it has some kick to it, so you may want to drop the red pepper if that's not suitable for the family.

    1 cup cider vinegar;
    3 tablespoons Turbino sugar;
    1 1/2 tablespoons hot red-pepper flakes;
    1 (3 lb.) lean boneless pork shoulder, trimmed of visible fat;
    1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup);
    8 cloves garlic, peeled, split in half;
    1/2 cup water;
    2 tablespoons Dijon mustard;
    2 tablespoons honey;
    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce;
    Salt and pepper

    In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar, red pepper and 1 1/2 teaspoons each of salt and pepper, stirring until sugar dissolves. Score the pork skin in a crosshatch pattern with a sharp knife, forming 1-inch diamond shapes, cutting through the skin, but no more than one-quarter inch deep. Pat meat dry, then rub all over with salt and pepper and let stand at room temperature for one hour.

    Scatter chopped onion and garlic halves over the bottom of a slow cooker, place the pork on top, add water and prepared vinegar sauce, cover and cook on low until tender, about 8 hours. Remove meat and cool. Transfer the pork to a cutting board and, with two forks, pull it into thin shreds (remove all fat and gristle). Remove garlic cloves with a slotted spoon and mash into a paste.
    Return the pork and garlic to the slow cooker and stir in the mustard, honey
    and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper and cook for another hour on low.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Parrot Head View Post
    What are those breaded/fried things? They look like......well.......let's just say that I'm not going to eat those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TripletDaddy View Post
    What are those breaded/fried things? They look like......well.......let's just say that I'm not going to eat those.
    They're hushpuppies! Fried, greasy pieces of heaven.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Parrot Head View Post
    They're hushpuppies! Fried, greasy pieces of heaven.
    I've had hushpuppies. They are usually round. I don't recall eating any penis shaped hushpuppies. You may want to verify.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Parrot Head View Post

    I miss NC BBQ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    With slaw and rolls from Shirley's bakery:
    That cole slaw looks perfect.

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    I think this photo might be my favorite thing ever posted on CUF.



    Thank you. Now I need to figure out how to make one of those.

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    I think I'm going to try this on Sunday. Do most of the Costcos have pork but?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaka View Post
    I think I'm going to try this on Sunday. Do most of the Costcos have pork but?
    They do out here (although pretty much anywhere does out here); however, at least here, the butts at Costco are de-boned. I prefer smoking a bone-in butt. A pork shoulder is about the only cut of meat that I prefer to NOT get at Costco.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaka View Post
    I think I'm going to try this on Sunday. Do most of the Costcos have pork but?
    I don't recall seeing Boston Butt, but they always have picnic roasts minus the bone (simply labelled shoulder) at our Costco. It has nice marbling and seems to be very good quality, but you have to buy two at once. As you may know, both the butt and picnic are part of the shoulder. Both are not tough to find, so you could get just one somewhere if you wanted to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    I don't recall seeing Boston Butt, but they always have picnic roasts minus the bone (simply labelled shoulder) at our Costco. It has nice marbling and seems to be very good quality, but you have to buy two at once. As you may know, both the butt and picnic are part of the shoulder. Both are not tough to find, so you could get just one somewhere if you wanted to.
    We are in the same county, any recommendations on a place to get one butt?

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    Very cool pics Jeff. Good to see you did it right by putting the slaw on the pork sandwich. I can't tell you how many people we have over for pulled pork that make fun of me for putting it together like that .

    I actually like Pulled Pork more than brisket (don't tell my Texas friends) so I'll post a bit in this thread. I have a recipe that I pulled off of virtualweberbullet that I modify and use and it gives a very nice flavor.

    The key though is turbinado sugar. I like my pork sweet and using normal white sugar can burn at the low smoking temps to I use turbinado which tends to resist burning and gives a nice sweet, brown flavor to the pork.
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    Geez, Jeff. That looks freaking amazing. You're giving DT a run for his money as CUF's food pornographer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaka View Post
    We are in the same county, any recommendations on a place to get one butt?
    Macey's usually has boston butt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moliere View Post
    Very cool pics Jeff. Good to see you did it right by putting the slaw on the pork sandwich. I can't tell you how many people we have over for pulled pork that make fun of me for putting it together like that .
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    Quote Originally Posted by kccougar View Post
    Macey's usually has boston butt.
    Perfect. I think there's a Macey's by the Roller Mills.

    The Lehi Roller Mills has some nice pancake flour btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaka View Post
    We are in the same county, any recommendations on a place to get one butt?
    (must .. resist ... urge ... to do cheap joke....)

    Uh.... Harmons or Maceys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moliere View Post
    Very cool pics Jeff. Good to see you did it right by putting the slaw on the pork sandwich. I can't tell you how many people we have over for pulled pork that make fun of me for putting it together like that .

    I actually like Pulled Pork more than brisket (don't tell my Texas friends) so I'll post a bit in this thread. I have a recipe that I pulled off of virtualweberbullet that I modify and use and it gives a very nice flavor.

    The key though is turbinado sugar. I like my pork sweet and using normal white sugar can burn at the low smoking temps to I use turbinado which tends to resist burning and gives a nice sweet, brown flavor to the pork.
    Turbinado sugar? Interesting. Yes, please share.

    But what temp are doing your pulled pork where sugar burning is an issue? I have a sugar-based rub and it doesn't seem to burn until I get up to 400 degrees or so. Google says that sugar starts to burn at 350.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Turbinado sugar? Interesting. Yes, please share.

    But what temp are doing your pulled pork where sugar burning is an issue? I have a sugar-based rub and it doesn't seem to burn until I get up to 400 degrees or so. Google says that sugar starts to burn at 350.
    Yes, I'd also like to hear more. I use brown sugar in my rub, and have never noticed a problem, but if I can get a better result with Turbinado, I am willing to give it a shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    (must .. resist ... urge ... to do cheap joke....)

    Uh.... Harmons or Maceys.
    I was hoping you'd take the bait. Drats, foiled again!

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    Will you smoking mensas hurry up and figure out the ultimate butt rub. I need to pick up ingredients Saturday and have no idea where to get tobbogan sugar or whatever it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaka View Post
    Will you smoking mensas hurry up and figure out the ultimate butt rub. I need to pick up ingredients Saturday and have no idea where to get tobbogan sugar or whatever it is.
    Meh, just use your favorite rub. You will be fine.

    Or you could buy a bottle of this:

    http://www.buttrub.com/
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