I really love to cook and one of my favorite things to make is BBQ Pulled Pork. When I lived in Georgia I would visit a Restaurant Called Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q and they seriously have some of the best pulled pork i've ever tasted. Ever since moving back to Florida where we do not have a Jim 'N Nick's (HEY Jim 'N Nick's, bring your butt to Southern or even Central Florida (and yes that is totally a Pork pun).) I have been searching for great pulled pork and have yet to find it. While I can not replicate the bbq sauce recipe (considering having a friend mail me some from GA, no lie), nor can I replicate the actual pulled pork, I have come up with a great recipe for both the BBQ Sauce and the pulled pork. Take a look at the recipe below and try it out yourself – you won't be disappointed!
Out of this World BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe
- 1 5 lb. Boston Pork Butt – This is the best cut for pulled pork, hands down.
- 1 Whole White Onion
- 1 Tablespoon of minced garlic
- 1 Can of Beef Stock (Substitute bullion cubes in water, about 1 cup)
- Liquid Smoke if you have it on hand (really cheap at walmart, about $1 for a small bottle and it only takes a few drops)
- Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Brown Sugar
- 1/2 Onion chopped and minced
- 1 Teaspoon of minced garlic
- 1/2 cup bourbon whiskey (Any brand will do it will NOT change the taste)
- 2 1/2cups ketchup
- 1 Tablespoon of Prepared Mustard
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon of Liquid Smoke
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 – 3/4 (depending on taste) cup of Brown Sugar
- Hot sauce to taste
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Prepare BBQ Sauce as follows:
- In a large skillet on medium to medium high heat, combine the onion, garlic, andbourbon whiskey. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Mix in the salt & pepper, ketchup, mustard, vinegar, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and hot pepper sauce.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes. You can run the sauce through a strainer if you do not prefer the onions and garlic inside – but if you cook long enough they will be very soft and hardly noticeable.
Prepare the pulled pork as follows:
If you can it's best to dry rub to pork and allow to sit overnight in the fridge. I don't measure anything, I just dash any seasonings I have: Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Brown Sugar. I rub all of the spices all over the pork butt and then dash it with some of the liquid smoke.
Get out your crock pot for this recipe!
- Place the Pork Butt in the crock pot, fat side down.
- Dice onion and add both it and minced garlic on and around the pork.
- Add one can of broth to crock pot pouring around the pork and some on it.
- Pulled pork is best when cooked on low all day, about 8 hours. However you can cook on medium or high and adjust your times appropriately. You know it’s done when it falls apart.
- Take the pork carefully out of the crock pot and place on a cutting board or in a large shallow pan. Reserve some of the juices to keep meat moist but get rid of at least 70% of it.
- Pull the pork apart with two forks once cooled a little, chopping a little more as you go, and return to crock pot.
- Place the pulled pork back into the crock pot tossing it around in the juices.
- Pour prepared BBQ sauce over pulled pork a little at a time until you get the desired amount to your tastes.
Some people place their pulled pork with a little extra sauce on bread or buns and eat pork sandwiches, I love to put mine over a baked potato with cheese (Also known as a Pig in the Potato Patch at Jim 'N Nick's). Enjoy!
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