I don’t know about you, but when we go out to eat, I always find my mouth watering at the thought of delicious pulled pork with sweet and tangy BBQ sauce. So much so, that I wish I could rustle up this favorite at home, and have it taste the way it does in the restaurant. But even if you have been trying to do this for years with to no avail, don’t throw in the towel just yet! Instead try the simple and suggestions below to get authentic, home cooked, pulled pork to taste just like it does when you are eating out!
Of course, to make pulled pork you are going to need a pork joint. While it can work pretty well with most larger cuts of pork, the best ones to choose are the picnic cut and Boston pork butt.
The only thing you have to remember about the picnic cut is that you will want to take the skin off before you cook it.
The easiest way to do this is to take a nice snap paring knife and run in between the meat and the skin, which should help you to lift the skin right off.
Obviously, pulled pork is a dish that relies on having been well seasoned. That means you need to get your seasoning right.
You can buy BBQ rubs for this purpose, and if you find one you like then go for it. Or you can make your own. If you would like to have a go at home making your rub, you can try the simple recipe at Food Network. But don’t be afraid to add in a few extra ingredients to make it yours.
Cooking the meat
Now the cooking of the meat can be something that is a little controversial in BBQ circles. Some folks get by with placing it in a low and slow oven for a long time. Others prefer to use their slow cooker. But true BBQ aficionados will use a home smoker to get the dish right.
There are quite a few home smokers on the market now that are designed to be used for smaller portions. You can read this Brinkmann 810-7080-8 Gourmet Electric Smoker Review for more information about gadgets like this.
Remember too that there are many other dishes you can cook with these items, not it’s pulled pork!
Making the sauce
Once cooked the pork is left to rest and then shred with forks. It is then often tossed in a BBQ sauce. The sauce you use is entirely up to you.
You can buy one or make your own. Or you can add extra ingredients to a shop bought one to personalized to your taste such as hot sauce, ale, or even a dash of whiskey!
How to serve
Now, it’s up to you how you served your pulled pork. But one way to dish it up to the hungry masses is to get a nice soft white bun. Add the pork to the bun and serve with fries, corn, and coleslaw on the side.
Or if your brood is super hungry why not use the pulled pork as an additional element of a brinner? Combine it with sliced cheese, BBQ sauce and a few jalapenos for some kick, believe me, you won’t regret it!