February 17, 2021

North Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Prep time : 20 minutes

Smoke time : 7-8 hours

Serves : 4-6 people

Smoker Pellets : Hardwood pellets in apple wood

Ingredients :

For The Pulled Pork :

1 5-pound pork butt

2 teaspoon paprika

2 teaspoons brown sugar

Kosher salt and pepper to taste

For The North Carolina BBQ sauce :

1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup fresh apple cider

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 packed dark brown sugar

1/2 tablespoon molasses

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1/4 cup ketchup

1 teaspoon tomato paste

1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or 1 tablespoon finely diced fresh Fresno chilies

Sandwich fixin’s :

12-16 small sweet rolls or slider buns (depending on how many people you are feeding)

1/2 head green cabbage, shredded

Instructions :

  1. Rub the pork butt with the paprika, brown sugar, salt, and pepper.
  2. Set grill temperature to 425 degrees F.
  3. Get a nice sear on the meat, about 20 minutes.
  4. Decrease the temperature to 225 F, and then smoke 4-5 hours.
  5. Remove the butt and wrap tightly in aluminum foil.
  6. Return to the grill and cook an additional 1-2 hours.
  7. To prepare the sauce, whisk all ingredients and set aside – this keeps for a couple weeks in the fridge.
  8. To make the sliders, douse the shredded pork in the homemade sauce. Load up the rolls with the pork and sauce, then top with shredded cabbage.

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