Southern Pulled-Pork Sandwiches
Pork shoulder, a well-marbled cut available at most supermarkets, turns fork-tender after long, slow cooking. Ours is especially succulent with a spice rub and vinegar.
Everyday Food, May 2008
- Prep Time 10 minutes
- Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
- Serves 8
- 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder (Boston butt), cut into 4 equal pieces
- 1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 8 soft sandwich rolls, split
- Store-bought barbecue sauce, for serving (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with racks in lower and upper positions. In a small bowl, combine sugar, cayenne, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper.
- Place pork in a 5-quart Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed pot; rub with spice mixture.
- In a medium bowl, combine vinegar, garlic, and 1/2 cup water; pour over pork. Cover pot, and place in oven on lower rack. Bake until pork is very tender and separates easily when pulled with a fork, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
- Transfer pork to a work surface, reserving pan juices. With two forks, shred meat. Transfer to a large bowl, and toss with pan juices to moisten (you may not need all the juices). Pile pork on rolls, and top with barbecue sauce, if desired.
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