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Carolina Pulled Pork

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Ingredients

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Cole Slaw
1 8-10 lb piece Pork shoulder preferably one with a generous crown of fat on top
4 cups Hickory wood chips soaked in warm water for 30 minutes
Salt
Black pepper
NC Vinegar Sauce SC Mustard Sauce, or Classic Barbecue Sauce
warmed Potato rolls

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Carolina Pulled Pork

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    The finest barbecue in the world originates from the Carolinas, where entire pigs are smoked over hickory until the flesh falls off the bone before being seasoned in a vinegar-, ketchup-, or mustard-based sauce, depending on where you dine. What is the best option? We'll leave it up to you to decide.

    • 8 hours 15 minutes
    • Serves 12
    • Medium

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    Carolina Pulled Pork is a popular American BBQ style that everyone should try at least once in their lives! To give the meat a little bite, this rich, delicious smoked pork shoulder is coated with a thin, vinegar-based sauce. Let’s dig in!

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    Carolina pulled pork
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    Steps

    1
    Done

    Season the pork shoulder all over with salt and pepper a few hours before cooking and place it in the refrigerator.

    2
    Done

    Preheat a grill to medium-low heat. You want to keep the temperature between 200 to 300°F, which means using only one or two burners on the lowest setting on a big gas grill.

    3
    Done

    Place a cup of the hickory chips in a wood-chip box and place the box over the flame, beneath the grate. (If you're using charcoal, put the chips straight to the hot coals.)

    4
    Done

    Close the cover of the grill and place the meat on it.

    5
    Done

    Grill for 3–4 hours, sometimes replenishing the wood chips and basting the pork with half of the NC Vinegar Sauce every 30 minutes or so. The skin of the pork should be a rich caramel color, and the flesh should readily peel away with tongs.

    6
    Done

    Allow the pork to rest for 15 to 20 minutes before shredding it into long strands using tongs or forks. Alternatively, you may cut it into fine pieces with two knives (the traditional way Eastern-style Carolina barbecue is served).

    7
    Done

    Serve the barbecue with any or all the sauces, as well as slaw and buns for sandwiches on the side.

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