Everyone loved this pulled pork. By far the best I have smoked thus far. Key was I kept it low and slow. I normally smoke at around 250 degrees but kept this a 220 for 18 hours.
I also add an aluminum drip pan filled 1/4 way with water and apple juice which helped with the moisture retention. All 8.5 LBS was quickly gone.
- 8.5LB Pork Shoulder (Costco)
- Dizzy Dust Coarse Rub
- Dizzy's RedEye Express Rub
- ~1 cup Apple Juice
- Olive Oil
- Clean Pork Shoulder under cold running water then pat dry. Trim Fat cap, but leave some fat. Smoke Fat cap down.
- Rub the entire Pork Shoulder with Olive Oil Then rub liberally with Dizzy Pig Seasoning (Dizzy Dust and RedEye Express)
- Keep in fridge overnight, then 5 hours before smoke inject with apple juice and apply more rub (this could be done the night before too)
- Remove from fridge and allow to warm up (1-1.5 hours before smoke)
- Bring Kamado Joe (Bessie) up to temp (200-220). Make sure firebox is full of fresh charcoal (Weekend Warrior Brand). I used a BBQ guru Party Q to help keep temp overnight.
- Add aluminum drip tray on top of heat deflector (with several feet of rolled up aluminum foil (pencil thickness) on the bottom to keep the tray from coming in direct contact with heat deflector)
- Add several large apple/cherry wood chunks for smoke.
- Maintain at 220 degrees until internal temp hits 195 as judged by Maverick-732 wireless thermometer and spot checked with Maverick PT-100 instant read. This smoke took 18 hours (If want to cook faster, raise heat to 250 degrees and/or wrap in aluminum foil to speed up the "stall" period.
- Then pull off grill, wrap tightly in aluminum foil and bath towel and put in cooler (prewarmed by adding hot water, letting sit and then dumping it out). The pork was kept this way for 1 hour to allow the meat to rest and redistribute juices. (If needed it can stay like this for hours)
- Put in aluminum try and pull apart. Bone should will right out.
- Served with coleslaw (wegman's) and homemade BBQ sauce (Eastern Carolina Vinegar based and Kansas City style). See other posts for these recipes.