I have tried pulled pork many times but this recipe has such intense flavor that is hard to describe. When I measured the amounts stated, I was thinking to myself chili powder and cumin on a pork. This ought to be good and brining it before cooking is something new to me. It actually helped to keep the meat moist and develop the flavors. For what is worth, this is truly a wonderful recipe. Thanks to one of my favorite blogger who posted this amazing pulled pork dish.
Source: Sweet Pea's Kitchen
I halved the amount below since I only used 1 1/2lb of meat. Followed all the instruction given except that I put it in a slow cooker on High for 6 hours instead of roasting it.
For the Rub
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon ground pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
4 pound bone-in pork shoulder roast
2 quarts cold water
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons dry rub mix
Method to Prepare the Roast
- Rinse the pork shoulder and place in a large container, pour in the brine solution until the shoulder is completely covered.
- Cover the container and place in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours. Then remove pork shoulder from brine solution, pat dry with paper towels, place in baking pan that is bigger than the shoulder by at least a inch in length and width and at least 3 inches deep.
- Sprinkle dry rub onto the surface of the shoulder and massage in such that it adheres to the surface. Coat all sides. Make sure the fat layer on the shoulder is facing up before cooking! Place baking pan uncovered in a 225 degree oven on the middle rack.
- Insert a probe thermometer into the center or thickest part of the shoulder, but not touching the bone. Monitor the temperature throughout cooking (a digital thermometer with an alarm function is the easiest way to do this). Do not remove from the oven until the center of the shoulder reaches 200 degrees.
- When the shoulder has reached 200 degrees, shut off the oven and let the roast cool for a couple of hours before removing from the oven. If the bottom of the pan is dry (or crusted with dried spices) then cover the pan with foil to retain internal moisture of the meat during the cooling period.
- When the temperature drops to 170 degrees or slightly lower, remove from oven. Place on a large, clean work surface such as a cutting board, and remove the large sheet of crusted fat on the top. Pull apart with two forks, it will pull apart very easily.