Barbecued pulled pork sandwiches with homemade BBQ sauce and pickles

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time420 mins
  • Serves8
  • DifficultyMedium
1 boneless pork butt, about 4 pounds
3 tbsp dark brown sugar
2 tbsp Essence, recipe follows
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp cayenne
Wet Mop Basting Sauce, recipe follows
Barbecue Sauce, recipe follows
1 (16-ounce) jar thin sliced dill pickles
1) Place the pork in a baking dish. In a bowl, combine the sugar, Essence, salt, cumin, paprika, pepper, and cayenne. Rub the seasoning evenly over the pork to coat. Cover with plastic and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

2) Preheat an oven or smoker to 140C/Gas Mark 1.

3) Bring the pork to room temperature and place in a roasting pan, fat side up. Slow cook in the oven, basting with the Wet Mop Basting Sauce every 45 minutes, until tender and the internal temperature reaches 70C. (The cooking should take about 6 to 7 hours.) Remove from the oven and let rest for 20 to 30 minutes.

4) With a knife and fork or two forks, pull the meat apart into small slices or chunks. Toss with the Barbecue Sauce, to taste, and divide among the hamburger buns. Top with the coleslaw. Serve with the pickles and additional Barbecue Sauce on the side.

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