Pulled pork is a great place to start for anyone just getting introduced to smoking meats. Smoked pulled pork is usually made from the shoulder of the pork; a whole shoulder can weigh up to 25 pounds but is probably closer to about 20-22 pounds. Unless you know a butcher, you probably won’t find a whole shoulder anyway. The shoulder generally gets cut into 2 pieces most commonly known as the Boston Butt and the picnic. Both of these cuts are pretty good, and both of them have bones in them, I prefer the Boston Butt because there isn’t as much connective tissue that you need to worry about and the bone is much smaller. Something to consider though, the butt is generally smaller than the picnic so, if you are looking to feed more people, go with the picnic, it will still be a great meal.
First step, rinse your butt (you can expect a lot of these types of jokes throughout this post so, be prepared). No one likes a dirty butt (see I told you), and it’s good to rinse off anything leftover from the butchers saw and/or bacteria on the surface. After, you rinse make sure to pat dry the butt, you can even let it air dry while you prep everything for the rub down. I also like to trim some fat off the fat cap, don’t trim all of it because it adds to the flavor and I believe as the fat renders down it keeps everything very moist.
I adapted my rub from a recipe I found on www.amazingribs.com. He calls it his “Memphis Meat Dust” so; I’ll call mine Jay Dust the recipe goes as follows:
When you are ready to rub your butt J make sure to coat it in some vegetable oil first, a few tablespoons should do. A lot of people say that they will coat the butt in some mustard before the rub because it helps the rub stick, which is true. I use vegetable oil in place of mustard because it not only helps the rub stick but, it also helps the oil-soluble spices penetrate deeper into the meat making a great crust (or bark) after it’s cooked. Coat the butt with enough rub that there is no spot untouched, I usually eyeball it here, just make sure to cover everything.