Smoky, sweet, tangy, and tender: North Carolina-style pulled pork is perfect for sharing with friends at backyard barbecues. The deep flavor comes from rubbing the meat with sugar and spices and then low, slow cooking -- just the right pace for this time of year.
The meat cooks on a charcoal grill for up to eight hours. It doesn't require much work during that time, but you do need to add more coals every hour to maintain the temperature. For a less hands-on method, cook the meat for the first two hours on the grill, then transfer it to a 300 degrees oven for the rest of the time (set the meat on a rack over a pan of water).