11/28/06 | Leftovers: Pulled Pork
[ Currently Eating: Carne Asada Burrito ]
Hi. Welcome back from Thanksgiving, one of the biggest holidays at Cheap Eats. It’s so big, in fact, that I neglected to post any pictures or happenings about the crazy amounts of food that were plowed through last Thursday. That goes for the leftovers as well.
I attempted the turkey this year, Alton Brown style again. It came out all right, not as undercooked as last year’s. Unfortunately, in the rush to get it cooked on time, I didn’t get to document it correctly. Maybe it’s just as well, because we accidentally bought a pre-brined turkey! Oops, so much for the gallons of brine we had mixed up.
So, instead, here’s a picture of some leftovers from a few months back. It’s Pulled Pork and there was a lot of it. I guess if you’re going to talk about cheap meat, pork shoulder probably isn’t the cheapest thing around. But if you buy it in bulk, it can be decently priced.
We picked up an enormous 22 lb pork shoulder at CostCo for about $1.15 a pound (? can’t remember the exact amount). We could only fit 1/2 of it in our standard glass casserole dish, so we cut the rest into 1 inch wide spears of meat and froze it.
Anyhow, I’m no expert on the BBQ Circuit by any means but it’s a lot of fun to slow cook meat. For this one I used a combination of Cook’s Illustrated’s recipe for pulled pork. They advocate cooking 1/2 the time on the grill outside and finishing it up in the oven. That way you don’t have to leave the grill on for 7 hours (or 12 hours, or whatever time those guys do it for). I also tried using a foil packet of real hickory chips on the grill for this one.
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