Pulled Pork! Yep, I can honestly say we’ve never had it before until a few months ago, when my husband and I were watching Diners, Drive-inns, and Dives on the food network channel and we saw a show where they showed these juicy and sinful pulled pork sandwiches. We knew we had to try it, we love pork, so pulled pork has got to be amazing.Â So we did and, yes it was amazing.
Pulled pork must be an American thing because I can’t say I’ve ever seen it at a restaurant either or anywhere else. I feel I’ve missed out on it all my life, it really is a wonderful way of preparing pork, full of flavor, it’s just delicious. It’s a slow, long process, but in the end it’s worth it.
You start out by making the dry rub mix, because you need to use some of it in the brine. You need to make all of the dry rub mix in this recipe, because you will use it all to rub it on the pork. I know it looks like a lot of ingredients but trust me, they make for a wonderful flavor.
You need a nice piece of pork shoulder that’s roughly between 5 and 7 pounds. It’s probably better if it has the bone in, the meat will have more flavor, however mine did not.
Next you’ll need to mix all the ingredients together for the brine solution, place the pork shoulder in a big plastic ziploc bag and add the brine solution.
Place the ziploc bag in a large container and refrigerate this for at least 8 hours, preferably over night. The next day take the pork out of the bag and place it in a deep roasting pan. Take the remaining dry rub mix and thoroughly rub it all over the pork. Now, youâ€™ll need a thermometer and you need to stick it in the thickest part of the meat, not touching the bone. Place the pan in a preheated 225 F degree oven and you’ll need to keep the meat in there for about 12 hours or until the meat reaches 200 F degrees. I know you’ll be tempted to take it out before, but you need to be patient with this one. After 12 hours you’ll have a gorgeous pulled pork that is worth all the wait.
Before you’re tempted to eat, you need to let it rest for another 2 hours. I know, I know! But you need to let it rest. The next step is a lot of fun, take 2 forks and start pulling the meat apart, after 12 hours in the oven, it will be easy to pull apart. Trust me you are going to love this pork, it’s so spicy and smokey and just delicious.
You can serve it like I did, on a bun with cole slaw, or just by itself with some barbecue sauce.
Recipe adapted from here.