NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

PortWatch

August 14, 2013

Mastering true North Carolina-style barbecue

(Continued)

The sauce is simple to make, but the effect is anything but simple. It cuts through the richness of the smoked meat and enhances it rather than cover it up like heavier barbecue sauces can. When I take the time and the passion to barbecue, I want to taste the meat, not the sauce. This is the beauty of a North Carolina vinegar sauce; it doesn’t cover up the silky, smoky, caramelized pork that is the star of the sandwich.

You can make the sauce and the slaw while the pork is cooking, or you can make them the day before. The key to great North Carolina-style barbecue is being patient. There isn’t a fancy rub or a mop or a lot of tending to do. Cook the pork over a consistent, indirect heat until it reaches an internal temperature of about 195 degrees. That is a higher temperature than most books will tell you, but that is the necessary temperature to make all of the connective tissues break down. The meat becomes so tender that all you need to pull it is two forks. I’m old-fashioned and never use a cleaver. That’s chopped pork, and that’s a whole other thing entirely!

NORTH CAROLINA-STYLE PULLED PORK SANDWICH

Start to finish: 6 hours

Servings: 10

Hickory wood chips, soaked in water for 30 minutes

7- to 9-pound bone-in pork butt or Boston Butt

Olive oil

Kosher salt and ground black pepper

Barbecue sauce (see recipe below)

North Carolina coleslaw (see recipe below)

10 unseeded hamburger buns

Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for low heat, indirect cooking. For a charcoal grill, this means banking the coals to one side. For a gas grill, turn off the heat on one side. Aim to maintain a temperature of 300 degrees.

Do not trim any excess fat off the pork; this fat will naturally baste the meat and keep it moist during the long cooking time. Brush the pork with a thin coating of olive oil, then season with salt and pepper. Set aside on a clean tray until ready to cook.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

Special Features
AP Video
US Mission to Rescue Hostages in Syria Failed Manfred, Torre and MLB Take Ice Bucket Challenge Bank of America Reaches Record $17B Settlement Holder Reassures Ferguson Community With Visit GlobalPost CEO Remembers Foley As a Brave Man Seth Meyers Rolls Out Emmy Red Carpet Obama: World Is Appalled by Murder of Journalist Israel, Militants Trade Fire After Talks Fail Pres. George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge Pierce Brosnan's Call to Join the Expendables Changes Coming to No-Fly List Raw: IDF Footage Said to Show Airstrikes Police: Ferguson More Peaceful Raw: Aftermath of Airstrike in Gaza Raw: Thousands March on Pakistani Parliament Raw: World's Oldest Man Lives in Japan Fire Crews Tame Yosemite Fire Raw: Police Weapon Drawn Near Protesters, Media Raw: Explosions in Gaza As Airstrikes Resume Charter Schools Alter Post-Katrina Landscape
Special Features