BBQ Pulled Pork with Carolina Sauce

Total Time:
17 hr 20 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
8 hr
Cook:
9 hr

Yield:
12 servings
Level:
Advanced

Ingredients
  • Carolina BBQ Sauce:
  • 2 quarts cider vinegar
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup dry mustard
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 cup red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 cup salt
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • BBQ Pulled Pork:
  • 2 cups soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 pork butts, about 6 pounds total weight
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Special equipment: a smoker and 1 1/2 cups applewood chips, soaked
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • For the Carolina BBQ sauce: Combine the cider vinegar, ketchup, sugar, molasses, mustard, soy sauce, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper flakes, salt and a pinch ground black pepper in a stainless steel saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool before using. If not using immediately, pour it into a bowl or jar. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

  • For the BBQ pulled pork: Combine 1 quart water with the soy sauce, salt, sugar, honey and molasses in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, then remove from the heat and let cool. Stir in 1 gallon plus 3 quarts water. Pierce the meat with a boning knife in several places, then add the meat to the brine. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

  • Remove the meat from the brine, coat lightly with salt and pepper, and arrange in a smoker. Load 2 boxes filled with applewood chips into the smoker. Set the smoker at 250 degrees F and smoke for 8 hours. Remove the meat from the smoker to a cutting board and shred when cool enough to handle. Arrange on a serving platter and serve with the BBQ sauce.

This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and makes a large quantity. Food Network Kitchen has not tested it for home use and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.


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