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How to Make Pulled Pork

Learn how to make pulled pork from Pork Barrel BBQ pitmasters Heath Hall and Brett Thompson in this Howcast video.


The pulled pork sandwich, one of America's favorite barbecue meals. It seems intimidating but should it be? No!

Now, the cut of meat that you're going to need to make a pulled pork sandwich is something called a shoulder. Now, what you want to do is think about how many people you're going to serve. If you're going to serve a lot of people you might consider a whole shoulder. It's going to be an 18, 20, or 22 pound piece of meat. So it's going to feed several dozen people.

If you're looking for a smaller and more intimate occasion you probably want to look at one of the cuts from the shoulder. This could be either the picnic cut or the pork butt cut. Now, the pork butt is probably the most common and readily available piece of meat to make a pulled pork sandwich. It's what we recommend for folks who are doing it in their back yard. A pork butt is also a very, very affordable cut of meat that's going to cook for a dozen, or maybe 15 or 20 people. It comes in weights between eight and 12 pounds, most often.

Now, to prepare the pulled pork sandwich you want to rub the pork butt with your favorite all-purpose rub the night before smoking. We like to let ours rest for six, eight, or maybe ten hours and then wake up in the morning, get our fire started, and put that pork butt on to the smoker. Now, it is going to be a time intensive process. A ten pound pork butt is probably going to take you eight to ten hours to smoke over a low and slow fire between 225 and 250 degrees. It does take some time but the end result is going to be a succulent, juicy piece of meat that is going to produce amazing pulled pork sandwiches.

So if you're looking for a really great meal at an affordable price for a large group of people why not give the pork butt a try and make some pulled pork sandwiches at your house next time you're barbecuing?

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