Recipe courtesy of Smokey D's BBQ

Smoked Pork Philly with Garlic Au Jus

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  • Level: Advanced
  • Total: 17 hr (includes overnight chilling)
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

3 to 4 pounds boneless pork shoulder

1/8 cup BBQ rub (use your favorite) 

1/2 cup vegetable oil 

1 large yellow onion (1/4 cup diced, the remainder sliced) 

2 tablespoons minced garlic 

1/4 cup beef base 

1/4 cup red wine 

2 tablespoons soy sauce 

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 

1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil

1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano

1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

One red bell pepper, sliced 

6 slices provolone

6 fresh hoagie rolls, split

Directions

Special equipment:
a smoker; aromatic wood pieces, such as cherry
  1. Preheat a smoker to 250 degrees F. Add a small amount of wood for flavor; we prefer cherry.
  2. Sprinkle pork shoulder with BBQ rub until completely coated. Place shoulder in smoker and smoke until it reaches an internal temperature of 175 to 180 degrees F, 5 to 6 hours. Let rest for 1 hour. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. Slice pork shoulder into thin deli slices, no more than 1/8-inch thick. (Do not trim off fat; fat is flavor.)
  4. Add 1/4 cup vegetable oil to a large saucepan over medium heat. Add diced onion and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add minced garlic and saute for an additional 2 minutes. Add beef base and 1 quart water and whisk until beef base is dissolved. Reduce to low heat, then add red wine, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, basil, oregano and thyme. Simmer for 1 hour. Strain au jus through cheesecloth or a fine strainer to remove particles and then return liquid to saucepan.
  5. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining 1/4 cup vegetable oil and heat until hot, then add sliced yellow onion and red bell pepper and saute until softened. Remove to a bowl.
  6. To assemble a sandwich, dip 6 ounces sliced pork shoulder in hot garlic au jus for 1 minute to heat. Transfer to a skillet over medium heat. Add a generous amount of the pepper and onion mix on top. Cover with a slice of provolone and cover pan until cheese is melted, about 30 seconds. Transfer Philly mixture to a hoagie roll with a spatula and serve with a side of the hot garlic au jus. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make 5 more sandwiches.

Cook’s Note

A meat slicer works great for slicing the pork thin, a sharp slicing knife will work well too.