October 14, 2005

An oldie but a goodie

This was my very first submission to the Carnival of the Recipes, and in honor of this week's all-pork-all-the-time theme, I thought it was worth rerunning, as it is my ALL-TIME FAVORITE piggy recipe:

"Blasphemous" NC Barbecue (a.k.a. Crock-Pot Piggy)

Time: 8 hours + overnight, largely unattended

4 tablespoons paprika
4 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons dry mustard
2 tablespoons ground coriander (or any coriander-containing premade rub that doesn't have a lot of salt)
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
½ tablespoon Cinnamon
½ tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 teaspoon allspice
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
(makes close to enough for 2 roasts, store in a Ziploc sandwich baggie)

1 pork butt roast, 5 to 6 pounds

1 ½ cups apple cider (unfiltered)

1 small lemon, juiced ( ½ -3/4 cup of juice)

Barbecue sauce (sometimes called Dip):
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes (may substitute cayenne, but as written is damn near close to Bullock’s sauce)
1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste.

Whisk ingredients together in a bowl. Drizzle into meat.
Covered, leftover sauce will keep about 2 months.
Yield: About 2 cups.


1. Mix dry ingredients together in bowl, using a fork to break down hunks of brown sugar. Put Boston butt roast in crock pot, apply spice rub to pork butt with your hands, covering meat entirely one side at a time, turning roast until entirely coated, wiping any spilled rub up from the bottom of the pot and using it to coat subsequent sides of the roast. Roast should end up fat side UP.

2. Add Cider and Lemon Juice to crock pot, being careful not to wash spice rub off of the top of the roast.

3. Cover with lid and cook on high 4 hours. Turn meat. Cook 4 more hours. Turn meat again (if possible) and turn power to low. Leave crockpot on over night.

4. Let cook on low 10-12 hours (including overnight) (meat is done by this time, but the longer it sits, the more fat is melted (improves texture)). Turn off crock pot, and let meat sit, covered, about 45 minutes because otherwise it is TOO HOT to handle.

5. Pour meat and liquid into a LARGE bowl with a colander to separate meat from juice. Be sure to remove the bone(s) at this time.

6. Dump meat and fat bits from colander into another LARGE bowl. “Pull” the meat (shred between 2 large forks) until in bite size shreds.

7. Make up barbecue sauce. Mix in with meat, serve or let stand in refrigerator. Tastes even better later !

Yield: 10 to 12 servings, if you’re lucky.

Originally posted here.

Posted by caltechgirl at October 14, 2005 06:20 PM | TrackBack

Now - That's what I call good eating.

I have deep respect for Eastern NorthCarolinian Pulled Pork. Nothing but melt in your mouth goodness.

We both use the same principle of slow cooking, yielding the same tender effect. However we rely on less sauce, and more of the natural flavor of the meat itself. Just a different take on the same noble beast.

Don't know if you have seen the pixs that I posted over at SWWBO, they are of a traditional whole-hog spit roasting. The Pernil recipe, yields basically the same thing except that it is cut down to fit inside any standard sized Range Oven.

Good Eatin'!!!

Posted by: Boquisucio at October 16, 2005 10:06 AM

Definitely going into my little box of favorite recipes!!

Thank you!

Posted by: Christina at October 16, 2005 01:19 PM


Gad, that sounds good. I'm gonna have to try this SOON. I gots me a craving, now. ;)

Posted by: Margi at October 16, 2005 10:58 PM

Great recipe -- we made this with a 7 Lb shoulder roast (the smallest we could find) and pigged out (ahem)on several meals of this. So, what do you with the leftovers?! I'm pondering pulled pork and apple tortilla wrap sandwiches, but am desperate for suggestions.

Posted by: cookie at October 26, 2005 04:03 PM

Excellent, excellent recipe...i'm sure the rub will come in handy for other stuff as well! I got a 2lb butt just in case it didn't turn out...oh me of little faith!!!

Posted by: Michael Jackson at December 5, 2005 02:54 PM