5 from 8 votes
Carolina Pulled Pork
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
8 hrs
Total Time
8 hrs 15 mins
 

Carolina Pulled Pork is one of those classic Americana BBQ styles that everybody needs to try at least once! Rich, savory smoked pork shoulder is slathered with a thin, vinegar based sauce to bring a little bite to all that melt in your mouth meat.

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Barbecue
Keyword: Carolina Pulled Pork
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 245 kcal
Ingredients
  • 6-7 pound bone in pork shoulder
Rub
  • 2 Tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons coarse black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons smoked paprika
Mop Sauce
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
Vinegar BBQ Sauce
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup ketchup omit for a more authentic East North Carolina sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat your smoker for indirect smoking at 250 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the rub and apply liberally on all sides of the pork shoulder. Place the rubbed shoulder in the smoker and close the lid.
  3. In a glass bowl, combine all the ingredients for the mop sauce. Apply the mop sauce to the pulled pork every hour. Smoke the pork shoulder, while mopping hourly, for 8-10 hours or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 200 degrees F.
  4. Remove the shoulder from the smoker, cover tightly with foil, and allow to rest for an hour before shredding and serving.
  5. Make that BBQ sauce! In a medium saucepan, combine all the ingredients for the BBQ sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes. Cool completely and set aside to serve with the pork.

  6. Remove the shoulder from the foil and shred. Discard the bone and any gristly pieces and pull the rest of the meat into shreds. Moisten the meat with some of the BBQ sauce and mix together. Serve with buns, slaw and additional BBQ sauce.

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