Hold onto your buns, we’re doing pulled pork North Carolina style. This recipe may seem like a lot of ingredients and work, but the addition of the spices and the time commitment will be well worth it in flavor. The hickory chips add a layer of smokey-sweetness that just doesn’t happen in a hurry. This recipe is perfect for a backyard barbecue, bringing North Carolina to the midwest.

Joe’s North Carolina Pulled Pork

 

Joe’s North Carolina Pulled Pork

Joe’s North Carolina Pulled Pork

Ingredients

  • 8 pounds pork butt roast
  • 1 Tbl mild paprika
  • 2 tsp light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp hot paprika
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 5/8 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 5 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground white pepper
  • 2 pounds hickory wood chips, soaked

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix mild paprika, light brown sugar, hot paprika, celery salt, garlic salt, dry mustard, ground black pepper, onion powder, and salt.
  2. Rub spice mixture into the roast on all sides. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate 8 hours, or overnight.
  3. Prepare a grill for indirect heat.Sprinkle a handful of soaked wood over coals, or place in the smoker box of a gas grill. Place pork butt roast on the grate over a drip pan. Cover grill, and cook pork at least 6 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches a minimum of 195° F (200° C).
  4. Check hourly, adding fresh coals and hickory chips as necessary to maintain heat and smoke.
  5. Remove pork from heat and place on a cutting board. Allow the meat to cool approximately 15 minutes, then shred into bite-sized pieces using two forks. This requires patience.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together cider vinegar, water, ketchup, brown sugar, salt, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and white pepper. Continue whisking until brown sugar and salt have dissolved.
  7. Place shredded pork and vinegar sauce in a large roasting pan, and stir to coat pork. Serve immediately, or cover and keep warm on the grill for up to one hour until serving.
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