Monday, January 28, 2013

Smoked Pork Butt

Jan 26 2013

The other day I went looking for a large beef chuck to fix but came home with a pork butt. At $1.46 a pound I couldn’t pass it up. I will freeze most of it for using in other dishes, like tacos or chili. I prefer to get one from my butcher, they have no added solutions. This one was from Walmart. On the label it says all natural then another place it says 4% marinade added!

There is no rocket science here, just get it done where it is tender and moist. This is kind of my preferred method I have settled on that works for me. I rinse and dry it, coat with my favorite rub, slather on some mustard and it’s ready for the smoker. I do on smoke 170 to 180 deg. for 3 hours then go to 225 deg. for the rest of the cook. When it hits 165 deg. IT I double wrap in foil. When it hits 200 deg. IT I check it. I have an aluminum potato rod I poke it with, if it goes in like butter it’s done. I pull it and place in a preheated 200 deg. oven, turn the oven off when it goes in. Let set an hour or two then cool and pull.

This one I let set one hour and the temp was still at 193 deg. The bone came out with no effort; it was plenty moist and fell apart. It had a nice color to the bark. I didn’t spritz it or add any liquid when I wrapped it. The total cook time for this 7.7 pound butt was eight hours and twenty minutes. I did it fat cap down the whole time.

I have done them fat cap down then up when I wrap in foil. I prefer fat cap down in the foil now; the meat pulls right off the fat cap then I remove it from the pork broth with a slotted spoon. I use a gravy separator to pour out the good liquid and with this one I added about a quarter to a third cup back to the pulled pork. It went in the fridge overnight; I will use some for sandwiches tonight and vacuum seal and freeze the rest.

7.7 pound pork butt

Ready for the smoker

165 deg. IT, ready to foil

After resting

Bone pulled clean and easy

Juice saved

First pull

Pulled the size I like

Jan 27 2013

I got the pulled pork vacuum sealed and in the freezer this afternoon. I saved plenty out for sandwiches tonight.

I made up a batch of apple butter BBQ sauce from a recipe I have been playing with. It’s just about there but I think it still needs something, maybe a little more tang and heat.

I decided to have corn pudding and sweet potato fries with the sandwich. I like Alexia brand frozen for the sweet potato fries.

I did up the corn pudding and baked it uncovered then covered and set in the microwave while I did the fries in the oven. When the fries were about done I reheated the corn some and then heated the pulled pork in the microwave and toasted the buns. I like just COWB, cheap ole white buns, for the pulled pork; served them with some of the apple butter BBQ sauce on top.

All tasted pretty good; my wife and I both liked the sauce.

Printable sauce recipe

Corn pudding

My Plate

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