Carolina-Style Pork Barbecue
Total TimePrep: 30 min. Cook: 6 hours
- 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (4 to 5 pounds)
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 medium onions, quartered
- 3/4 cup cider vinegar
- 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 14 hamburger buns, split
- 1-3/4 pounds deli coleslaw
- Cut roast into quarters. Mix brown sugar, salt, paprika and pepper; rub over meat. Place meat and onions in a 5-qt. slow cooker.
- In a small bowl, whisk vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and seasonings; pour over roast. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.
- Remove roast; cool slightly. Reserve 1-1/2 cups cooking juices; discard remaining juices. Skim fat from reserved juices. Shred pork with two forks. Return pork and reserved juices to slow cooker; heat through. Serve on buns with coleslaw.
Nutrition Facts1 sandwich: 453 calories, 22g fat (6g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 889mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 3g fiber), 27g protein.
Mar 21, 2020
Really delicious NC BBQ recipe! I took the advice here and reduced the pepper by half and it was perfectly spicy. I also read here that the smoke flavor was missing so I added a ham hock to the pot for a smokey flavor and it delivered. I definitely recommend this recipe
Mar 16, 2020
This is an amazing recipe! I have tried various Pulled pork recipes but this one is my favorite. It tastes natural with all the ingredients well blended without one flavor being overpowering. My family liked it a lot and my husband asked to save the recipe. I used half portion to cook for 3 people but halving the recipe worked just fine:) I used the pressure cooker to cut time. Since used 2 pounds without cutting into pieces it took 1 hour to fully cook in the pressure cooker. Perhaps next time I should just cut the pound pork into 1/4s just like it says in the recipe! I’ll definitely repeat this recipe many times!??
Jan 8, 2020
This is BBQ the way one would fix it for dinner or supper in NC .. easy, and no fuss. The recipe as printed above is very heavy with the amt. of red pepper flakes I think..so I'd cut back on those to about a teaspoon...
May 20, 2019
all i do is add liquid smoke and it makes a huge differance
May 20, 2019
This is really good! Made it the first time as written, and it was excellent. My only personal caveat is that I don't care for extra spicy ("hot") food. The second time, I omitted the cayenne and cut way back on red pepper flakes. I also added a tablespoon of Wright's Liquid Hickory Smoke (more or less can be added according to one's taste). That gave it the smoky flavor that so many prefer.
May 20, 2019
I can't fairly rate this. I just want to offer a tidbit...to get the smoked flavor the easy way, you can add liquid smoke to the mix, or soak the meat over night or up to 2 days with one bottle of liquid smoke poured over it, covering tightly with foil. I live in NH, and the most common brand here is Stubb's hickory liquid smoke. There are other brands. It is usually found near condiments and marinades in the grocery store. I havent checked, but I'm sure Amazon probably carries one.
May 20, 2019
Nice recipe. NC 'que is smoked in a pit over hardwood charcoal. You can call this anything you want, as proven by today's world where saying something is so makes it so, but it is not Eastern NC 'que. Once again, it may be tasty, but it is NOT Eastern NC 'que. Keith Allen got tired of doing this every morning for the last 60 years or so, and closed the only place I know that made this dish properly--Allen and Son in Chapel Hill--unfortunately. You can still get good 'que in Eastern NC, but I think everyone is using manufactured smokers today as it is easier to make a profit running a restaurant that way. Individuals probably do this at home, and there are some businesses that will bring a 55-gallon drum smoker to your house and do a party for you (if you have the funds), but authentic Eastern NC 'que is only made one way--kind of like Champagne has to come from Champagne. Cheers!
May 20, 2019
Too many ingredients All you need to use is A little liquid smoke ,salt ,and pepper cook in crockpot then make your own NC sauce which you only use once the meat is cooked and chopped
Dec 9, 2018
I made this for a tailgate party and several people told me it was the best BBQ/pulled pork they ever had. I don’t use the full amount of red pepper flakes and cayenne because not everyone likes the heat. This recipe is excellent and it’s my go to for pulled pork!
Jul 31, 2017
This recipe was just ok. I agree with another review that true NC pork barbecue should be smoked. The true flavor comes with smoking the shoulder with a bone-in cut. I much prefer the Eastern NC "que" with a simple sauce of white vinegar, a bit of sugar, salt and pepper although with a pinch of red pepper sauce served with Eastern NC style slaw served on the side. Still, the recipe posted is a good one for winter.