Carolina Pulled Pork

I made the guys at the shelter pulled pork sandwiches yesterday.  This is so easy to make and the best pulled pork you will ever taste.  I made almost 20 pounds of pork so the pics you see will be for large quantities.  I will give you the recipe to make enough for a 5 pound pork shoulder.

In a bowl, combine 1 T. ground black pepper, 1 T. chili powder, 1 T. smoked paprika, 1 T. salt, 1 T. cumin, 1 T. granulated garlic, 1 T. seasoned salt, 1 T. celery salt and 1 T. onion powder. 

Add 1/4 cup of brown sugar.

Mix this all together.

Unwrap your pork and rub it thoroughly with the spice blend.  Place it in plastic bags and leave it in the fridge for up to 2 days.

OMG...I have turned into my grandmother.  I never knew either grandmother but something tells me they both had one of these.  A NESCO roasting oven.  I always associated these with horrible food.  I bought one of these because my slow cooker is too small to make quantities of food large enough for the shelter. These work anywhere from being a warming unit, a slow cooker, a bread baker and right on up to a high heat roaster.  This is a 20 qt. capacity and cost less than 50 dollars.

This pic is out of order but it shows that when the meat is done, it falls apart when you pull at it with two forks.

When it was time to cook the pork, I placed it in the roaster and filled it half way up the roasts with water and apple cider.  Cover the roaster or slow cooker and set it on low.  Cook it for 10 hours.  Mine cooked longer since the pieces were so big.

Make the Carolina BBQ sauce.  Pour 1/4 C. cider vinegar in a heavy pot.  Add 3 T. dark brown sugar, 1/2 tsp. paprika, 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce, some liquid smoke to taste, 2 tsp. ground black pepper and some hot sauce to your liking.  Bring this to a boil and stir until the sugar dissolves.  Then stir in 1/2 C. of yellow mustard.

When the pork is done, shred it removing any fat you come across.  Most of the fat has melted away at this point.

Skim the fat of of the leftover juice in the cooker and ladle the juice over the pulled pork.

Pour the BBQ sauce over the meat and mix it all together.  Fabulous pulled pork!  Make sure to make extras because there never seems to be enough.

And if your puppy comes in covered in snow, turn her into the babushka puppy as you dry her off!


Anonymous said…
AWWWW!! I love the babushka puppy. (I wore a babushka when I was a little girl. What an antique memory that is :LOL:)

That pork sounds delicious. You're gonna start having mobs of people waiting for you when you show up at the shelter.

HappyCrone said…
Those unfortunate folks that have to go to the homeless shelter are getting a small blessing in your are "Be the Change."

Patty Woodland said…
I'm sure they loved it. Teddy looks so funny!
If you cook, the hungry will eat.

Looks good.

Nesco. That rings a bell.

Have a good day.
LOVE that babushka puppy!!!

Wondering how the people who eat at this place, react to the food, on days you don't do the cooking.......?
I like that cooker, I have never seen anything like that here. Maybe because I have never looked! Take care Diane
Anonymous said…
I want a babushka puppy! So you bought a special roaster to accommodate your cooking for the shelter, wow, you are a good soul.That is a whole lot of pork! That pup melts my heart!
Nellie said…
What a fantastic treat! Pulled pork is a favorite here! That new appliance really seems like just what you need!
luckybunny said…
Pulled pork is one of my most favorite foods in the entire world. I make it often at home, but I'm so looking forward to being in Syracuse NY for Valentine's day to go to Dinosaur BBQ and stuff myself with their pulled pork. I'm absolutely going to try your recipe for pulled pork, it's different than the one I use and it looks great. I bet everyone enjoyed it!
Babushka puppy says "Give me some pulled pork too and some perogies if you have any."
Anonymous said…
Life is tough for those going to the shelter but at least they do get fantastic food :-) That's delicious!

I've never seen a roasting oven before and it looks like something my grandmother would have loved :-)

Teddy is as cute as ever :-)

Have a great day!
Joy said…
I love pulled pork! And I'm quite jealous of yours! :-)
The pulled pork is in the crock-pot as I type! After I type this note I'm going to make your slaw! So it's off to the market to pick up a few items!

I had a good laugh over your NESCO comment! I've seen them and I've heard people that use them say they love them! Sounds like you got a good deal on yours too!

Teddy looks so cute in her babushka! LOL!!!

We're in OOB and having a few people over for the game! Go Patriots!

toni1965 said…
I made this today after losing the pin to another recipe. It was awesome, I cooked 32 lbs for my mom's birthday party in two days. I didn't add the ACV or other liquid but instead layered the bottom with sliced onion because I didn't have onion powder, also I didn't have garlic powder so I used jarred roasted garlic puree. Super yummy, thanks for the recipe!!