Recipe: Southern Pulled Pork

Nothing screams southern cookout like a big plate of pulled pork.

Traditionally, the pork is wood fire smoked for hours and hours. barbeque, as we call it, is a main event. The crew of men spends the entire night, on through daylight, cooking the hog. Coals are tended to keep the temperature and smoke just right. It’s a delicate dance of the carnivores. 15 hours and several beers later the pork is perfect for the pulling.

While the men are outside doing their thing, the ladies are usually inside cooking up their own chaos. Gossip and wine flow freely as they whip of traditional side dishes like deviled eggs, baked beans, and southern slaw.

The effort put into the sides is equal to the effort of manning the grill. However, the pulled pork is the star of the show, so the men get all the credit. Sheesh… Feeling no love here ladies. We can’t let that happen, can we?

Since I have zero skills on the grill, I had to figure out how to make my own version of pulled pork. Requirements were simple. It had to taste delicious and use the oven.

I’m giving myself a big pat on the back for this one. It’s tasty, and none of us missed the fact that it wasn’t smoked. In fact, the pork was so juicy we didn’t even need an added sauce. Although, the flavor is mild enough that it will not interfere with a sauce if you want to add one after cooking.

This recipe is perfect for when you don’t feel like tending to the grill. Or, when you want to show off for your husband while he’s at work! (That’s what I chose to do!)

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Southern Pulled Pork Yum
Pulled pork is classic southern dish commonly called BBQ. This pulled pork recipe can be prepared in your oven or in a smoker, both methods are equally delicious. The slow cooking process creates a tender juicy meat that can be eaten alone or topped with your barbeque sauce.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Passive Time 24 hours
Servings
varies
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Passive Time 24 hours
Servings
varies
Ingredients
Instructions
Marinating Instructions
  1. Place meat on a food safe surface. Pat dry. Evenly coat surface with salt (1/2 teaspoon per pound). Let it rest while mixing dry rub.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients except for salt (used in previous step).
  3. Generously cover meat in dry rub mix. Massage into meat. Transfer to sealed container and refrigerate. Allow pork to marinate for 12-24 hours.
Cooking Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 275 degree.
  2. Transfer marinated pork to roasting pan. Place pork in oven and roast uncovered until internal temperature reaches 200 degrees. Cooking time for an 8lb Boston Butt is approx. 12-13 hours. (Opening oven door during cooking increases cooking time).
  3. When pork has finished roasting, transfer to deep sided dish and "pull" pork using two forks. Remove any large portions of fat prior to serving.
Recipe Notes

For added flavor try the recipe using a wood smoker instead for oven baking. It's delicious.

Pork is well done at 170 degrees. At this temperature it can be sliced nicely. For pulling, pork should reach 200 degrees.

Serve with Southern Slaw for a traditional pairing.

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