Tonight we ate some leftover barbecue sandwiches. If you like southern pulled pork barbecue, then you need to try this recipe. We found this recipe in Bon Appetit way back in 1999. We still keep that issue even though we have since stopped our subscription. But the recipe must have had some fans since it is still on their website all these years later. Just type Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwiches on Epicurious.com to find it. This recipe is so goo that we have told all of our friends about it, especially since we cook it in a way that makes it so-o-o-o easy to enjoy!!
This recipe requires that you start with a pork picnic shoulder or Boston butt. This is an inexpensive cut of meat that can be purchased at most grocery stores. If you are not familiar with it, the cut is sold in 6-10 pound pieces. Since there are only 3 of us in the family, we ask our butcher to cut the pork into two pieces and wrap them individually for freezing. We make one piece at a time and always end up with enough meat for leftovers. The recipe requires that you make a rub for the meat as well as a “mop” or sauce to keep the meat moist while cooking. We generally make the sauce the night before. We also make the rub and put it on the meat at the same time and just keep everything in the refrigerator until the next day. Now, here is the best part!, We cook the whole thing in our crock pot. In the morning, Paula (who is usually the one to do this when she gets home from work…) puts the meat in the crock pot, pours the sauce on top and turns it on high. By dinner time, we have delicious barbecue without standing by a grill all day and mopping the meat periodically to keep it moist until it is done. Delicious!!!!
I encourage anyone who reads this to try out this recipe. It is one of the best that we have ever come across and our modification to the cooking process makes it a meal that any family can enjoy on any weekday night!