I recently posted about the awesome 4th of July BBQ I attended at Lincoln & Nikki's this year! Here are the promised pictures of the food!
OK, they made pulled pork a la Alton Brown of Good Eats fame. He's like Bill Nye the Science Guy if you added food and cooking to the mix.
So here's what they did. They bought a pork shoulder (picnic cut though which wasn't the right one, but it's all they could find) and brined it for 8 hours. Then they set up a large terracotta pot with a hot plate on the bottom.
Terracotta pot with hot plate
Then, you're supposed to put a pie tin on top of the hot plate with chunks of wood to smoke the meat. They didn't have a pie tin, so they used an old ashtray they had on hand.
Terracotta pot with hardwood
Then you put the grill on.
Terracotta pot with grill
Put some foil on the grill and put your spice rubbed pork shoulder/butts in and smoke for 12 hours! That's right, 12 hours! I think you're trying to keep the temp at 210.
Terracotta pot with lid on! The oven is complete.
Our dedicated host and hostess started this cooking at 2 AM for our eating pleasure. It was awesome. Here's what it looked like when they unwrapped them.
The finished product
Then they pulled the meat off the bone, shredded it and we put it on buns with this sweet pickle juice-mustard mixture that Alton recommends. I liked it even though I don't care for sweet pickles. (Does anyone else remember that Sweet Pickles reading bus?)
Overall, delicious! Probably will be even better with the correct cut of meat. I think the other cut might be a bit more fatty, so maybe it would hold in more moisture. This was very good. I had to stop myself after eating two sandwiches. Luckily, Lincoln is ambitious and wants to try it again soon! I can't wait!