Pulled pork with Carolina gold barbecue sauce

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Pulled pork has quickly become a barbecue institution in the UK, but in the US they're on a whole other level. This pulled pork recipe comes with a Carolina Gold sauce, full of mustard and vinegar for an alternative to the sweet brown sauces usually served.

First published in 2018




Pork shoulder

  • 2kg pork shoulder
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • cider vinegar, or apple juice in a spray bottle

Dry rub

Carolina gold barbecue sauce


  • Pestle and mortar
  • Barbecue with a lid
  • Hickory wood chips


To make the rub, grind the peppercorns using a pestle and mortar. Add the salt and grind, then fold through the other rub ingredients
Massage the oil into the pork shoulder to help the rub stick, then apply the rub generously all over the shoulder. Leave for at least 30 minutes (but ideally overnight) for the rub to sink in and start gently curing the meat
Set up the barbecue ready to cook over an indirect heat – you want to reach a temperature of around 130°C. Add a handful of soaked wood chips then place the pork on the barbecue, fat-side up; this way the fat will slowly baste the meat as it renders for maximum flavour and moisture. Cook at a steady temperature for 4 hours, spraying liberally with cider vinegar every hour
After 4 hours, remove the pork and double wrap in foil. Return to the barbecue for a further 4 hours
Leave the meat to rest for 30 minutes. In the meantime, make your Carolina gold sauce. Place all ingredients in a bowl, whisk together and taste, adjusting the seasoning to your preference
Pull the pork into strands using your hands or two forks and fold through enough sauce to flavour the meat. Serve warm with extra sauce on the side
First published in 2018

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