Sunday, July 01, 2007

Grilled Pulled Pork Recipe

Grilled Pulled Pork

Yield: 6 servings

1 whole pork shoulder Not A Picnic
1 gallon chicken broth
3 cups homemade or commercially prepared dry barbecue spice rub, ground to a powder
1 cup sugar
1 cup homemade or commercially prepared barbecue sauce plus additional for glazing
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 pound butter, melted
1 cup olive oil
About 1 gallon apple juice
2 tablespoons corn syrup for glaze, optional

Equipment Needed:
A charcoal or wood-fired grill or smoker;
A meat injector

Light a fire in the smoker or grill.
Allow the fire to burn for about 2 hours until the temperature in the cooker is 225 degrees F.

Meanwhile, remove the pork shoulder from the refrigerator and let it rest at room temperature for 1 hour.

Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a large pot.
Add 2 cups of the rub, then add the sugar, barbecue sauce, and Worcestershire sauce and simmer until all are dissolved.
Using a handheld mixer or whisk, gradually stir together the melted butter and olive oil.
Mix until the broth and fat emulsify. Set the marinade aside to cool.

Rub the pork shoulder all over with the remaining cup of dry rub, then set the meat aside for 20 minutes.

Measure the marinade, then add enough apple juice to achieve a 3 to 1 marinade-to-juice ratio.

Inject the marinade and juice mixture into the pork repeatedly until the meat is saturated and can not absorb any more of the marinade.

Cook the pork shoulder at 225 degrees F in the grill or smoker (adding more coal or wood as necessary to maintain the temperature).

After about 4 hours the pork should have turned a rich red-brown.

Remove the meat from the cooker, wrap it in aluminum foil, and then return the meat, fat side down, to the grill or smoker.

At this point begin checking the temperature of the meat with a thermometer every hour until it reaches an internal temperature of between 180 and 190 degrees
F. at the center.
(This should take about 4 more hours; the bones will pull clean while the meat stays firm.)

Glaze the shoulder with barbecue sauce, mixed with a little corn syrup for extra shine if you like.

Using a large fork, pull the meat from the bones and serve.

I have been told that this recipe for pulled pork tastes really close to what is served at Smokey Bones restaurant. If you try it, we would love your comments!

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