5/26/10

4 Smoked Pulled Pork & A Kitchen Tip!

Love pulled pork?  How about smoked pulled pork?  You don't have to have a smoker to enjoy pulled pork.  Do you have a BBQ?  Does it have at least two burners?  How about a thermometer?  Then by all means, you can enjoy smoked pulled pork without a smoker!





The BEST dry rub for pork or brisket is HERE.  It will make enough for (2) four pound pork shoulders (or pork butts).


Here's how (I have a propane BBQ):

Turn on one burner of your BBQ.  Get it nice and hot.

Place a disposable foil pan on the UNlit burner.  This will catch the drips from the pork during smoking.

Prepare a 'smoke' packet.  Take a handful of wood chips that have been soaking in water for 30 minutes and place them in the middle of a sheet of aluminum foil.

Apple, Cherry, Maple or Pecan wood chips are great for pork.

Experiment and see which you prefer.  I used Cherry.  Hickory and Mesquite are stronger flavored woods are work best with beef.





Fold up the foil packet, sealing the edges.

Poke several holes in the top of the foil packet.







Put the packet directly on the GRATE of the LIT burner.  I could even place the foil packet on top of the ceramic "briquets," which are over the burners. (In photo, lit burner is on the left, drip pan is on UNlit burner on the right)

Turn the LIT burner on to LOW.

When the temperature reaches 160ºF., place the prepared pork shoulder on the UNLIT side of the BBQ, over the aluminum drip pan.

If your BBQ temperature begins to drop below 160ºF., turn up the lit burner until it is able to hold a steady 160ºF.

Keep this temperature for at least 2-3 hours.  The smoke is absorbed into the meat during this time.  There is no need to add any additional wood chips to continue the smoking.

After 3 hours, crank up the LIT burner temperature to 250ºF.  for the next 8-10 hours.  During this period, the pork is being indirectly baked, not smoked.

Or.... you can bring in the pork and cook it in your oven at 250ºF., until done.  If your oven has a meat probe, even better!

When the internal temperature of the meat registers 185ºF, check every hour or so until the pork registers an internal target temperature of 195ºF.

This pork was ready after 12 hours and the party was not until two hours later....no problem!

There is a way to keep your meat hot for up to 4 hours....here's how:


Wrap the whole pork shoulder in plastic wrap.

I wrap it length wise, then again cross-wise.

Don't worry, the plastic won't melt!



Wrap the pork in some heavy duty aluminum foil, sealing it well.


Grab some old towels and wrap the covered pork...





Get some more old towels...

Stick the meat in an insulated cooler with more towels,

and you're ready to go!




Shred the pork when you are ready to serve.

It's really great with your favorite BBQ sauce and a homemade bun.

Are you ready for summer?

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