Happy Hump Day to ya! Has the summer sun been chased away by the rain in your area? It’s been raining off and on for days now and while I am glad to have a break from the heat, this rain is trying to put a damper on the summer fun. If you’re like me you probably swear by your grill all year long including the sweltering hot days of Summer! That makes you a serious Griller because not everyone can manage the heat that comes from cooking on a grill out in the hot scorching sun. We are the true survivors! 🙂 Me, I’ve braved all kinds of weather outdoors in pursuit of outdoor grilled delicacies. It was during Hurricane Isabel over 10 years ago that I manned the grill that provided the only cooked food we had access to for weeks with no electricity. Then I can’t forget about the tropical storm two years ago that flatlined my daughters’ outdoor birthday bonanza; we didn’t have electricity for a week and a half and had resorted to living off of our grill and generator. Then there are those times that during the winter the indoor grill pan won’t cut it. I’m going outside coat, apron and all in pursuit of that flame killed perfection. You get it? I likes’ to get my grill on. I’m the Grill Master of our family and I hold that title proudly yet this rain makes it tough to do. I like traditional charcoal grills. I don’t like fooling with propane tanks or whatnot. Plus, nothing beats that flavor you can evoke from the charcoal and some wood chips if you like to go the extra mile.
With rain in our forecast for the past few days I decide to rely on my trusty oven to do my next to favorite cooking process – low and slow. You can’t go wrong with cooking anything low and slow. So that’s what I did for the pork shoulder I bought from my favorite store, Kroger. I live in Kroger y’all. I’m seriously considering applying for a part time job there because I spend so much time and money there. There are lots of ways to ensure you get a dynamite pulled pork. Some folk like to brine their pork shoulder first. Some may brine and then sear it before slow cooking. This time around I opted to season it with my store bought dry rub and wrap it in plastic wrap. The seasoned and wrapped pork shoulder went into my fridge overnight.
The next day I woke up, thanked God for another day and got back to this beautiful pork shoulder. My oven was pre-heated to 225 degrees. I removed the plastic wrap and placed the pork shoulder with the skinside up into a roasting pan. I covered with tightly with aluminum foil and set my timer for 7 hours. Then I went about my day. Even though there is a little prep and time involved – it’s actually a no frills, no fuss type of meal. These are the meals I love.
Seven hours breezed by so fast, before I knew it my timer was beeping and the house was smelling absolutely divine. This is when I pulled together a quick smoking sauce to pour over the almost one Pork Shoulder. I used Hickory flavored liquid smoke, apple cider vinegar, Louisiana Hot Sauce and Worcestershire sauce in my smoking sauce. A quick blend of all the liquids with a fork or whisk, and then I poured it all over my pork shoulder and wrapped it back up with foil and put it back in the oven for 2 more hours. The remaining seasonings minus the dry rub were used to season the pulled pork once cooled and shredded.
After the two hour mark my pulled pork was to my liking. It was fork tender, so I removed the skin and fat cap from the top first.
With the skin and fat removed I used to fork to pull my pork shoulder apart.
The pulled pork was seasoned additionally with the likes of Ground Cumin, Chilli Powder, Ancho Chile Pepper, Garlic Salt, Onion Powder, Smoked Paprika and Crushed Red Pepper flakes. We like ours to have that tinge of vinegar flavor, so I also added more apple cider vinegar. I also used a little salt to season with overall but not much because I have two folk in my house with High Blood Pressure.
All in all this pulled pork was so flavorful, moist and tender! It was definitely a home run and I always know I did it again when I see the look on my husband’s face when he tries it. His face said it all, it was a hit! Since his diabetes scare I had reverted back to brown rice, so I boiled him a bag of brown rice to go with it. Personally I’m not a pork over rice type of girl, I like a pulled pork sandwhich and I was lacking the cole slaw so I wasn’t even any of it until I could have it the way I wanted it. A portion of it was put aside for my husband’s dinner and the rest went in a plastic bowl and lid for the next day…his birthday!
At the store the next day I retrieved hamburger buns, cole slaw mix and my dressing of choice, Marie’s. I spice my cole slaw up with a little smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. To add to his birthday fiesta I used leftover chicken breasts to make fried chicken tenders (from the Chicken, Sausage and Mozarella Pasta I made the other day), grilled lobsters and steamed white shrimp. I always include veggie and fruit trays because my family loves fresh vegetable and fruits. I can’t forget his cake – a yellow cake with whipped icing from you know where…Kroger. He loves the cake with whipped icing, so I was glad I was able to find one since I hadn’t had the time to order his cake beforehand.
I’m thankful that my husband was able to celebrate another year of life knowing that the people who love him most, appreciate him and celebrate his life and presence, not just on his birthday but every day. We had a great evening of food, family fun and lots of love.
So the Southern Pulled Pork was a hit and my husband’s birthdy fiesta was a hit! I’m so grateful that God’s grace has made it all possible. This Southern Pulled Pork recipe is another one of my tried and true favorites that will be included in my soon to be released, “A Very Pleasant Home”.
How do you like your pulled pork? Over rice, or on a bun like me? My thoughts when it comes to buns are keep it simple. Every time I’ve tried some fancy bun or roll, it has thrown off the texture and bite of a Southern Pulled Pork. A simple hamburger bun will do the trick.
Hope your Hump Day is off and running, the weekend isn’t far behind. What am I going to cook up next? I have no idea but right now I still have lots of pulled pork and buns so I’ve got time to figure it out. Check back for more great meal ideas and more!
Peace and Blessings,
A Very Pleasant Mom of 4