NC style pulled pork

Complete cheat ingredients list

Pork shoulder,picnic or butt 7 to 9 lbs

6 ounces of Heinz 57 sauce

6 ounce of  A1 sauce

6 ounces of hot sauce

3 Tablespoons of Worcester sauce

1 teaspoon Garlic powder

1 teaspoon Paprika

1 teaspoon Chipotle powder optional

1/2 teaspoon Black pepper

1 teaspoon Salt optional

This recipe come from my Mother-in-law whom lived in Hickory area of NC.  Sometimes the recipe is what she did, just the basics. As I was raised ‘German’ cooking.

She utilized the ‘Dollar Tree stores. At the time which aided in portions of ingredients.  Like any self respecting foodie, I, of course, modified this a bit myself.

The original recipe calls for Frank’s red hot sauce.  If you love real deep heat flavor it is the way to go. If you prefer to taste your food & done heat go generic. I mix a small amount of Frank’s Red Hot about 2 ounces for a decent bite.

Fat side up lightly scored

We start with pork shoulder, pork picnic, or pork butt that’s about 8 pounds.  The size is to fit crock pot. You’ll need Dutch oven for larger & amend the ingredients list slightly.  It cooks for 6-8 hours.  Flavor won’t be an issue as long as you keep the moisture inside vessel.

Fat side should be up to help self baste the pork.  The fat is scored lightly to get flavor inside. First in the pork goes salt & pepper (I use only pepper, the sauces have plenty of salt) patting it in.  Top this with about 1 teaspoon of garlic, paprika, optionally powdered Chipotle pepper. Pour 3 Tablespoons of Worcester sauce across the surface.  This is followed by alternating layers of hot sauce, Heinz 57 sauce, and A1 sauce.  The sauce will need to cover complete surface, all about get a much inside the meat.

The pretty pork chunk is ready for its journey.  I’ll start with 3 hours on high then flip the roast over for 3-5 hours on low.  If you go oven route, you’ll be going at 300 for hour & 250 for 5 hours for about 8 lb roast.  You can go 8 hours about 250 also. My mother-in-law always cooked things to well done & she would go 10 hours but used 10-12 lb roast.

Finished product

Place roast on plate. It will fall apart when lifted. Using 2 forks to pull meat apart at right angles til it has coarse shred texture. You can spoon sauce from the crock pot over the meat to add flavor. Test the sauce before adding it to get the warmth you want.

We eat it on buns with mayo & tomato slices. Wife adds Cole slaw.

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