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North Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich

North Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich

  • Author: The Commish
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 5 hr
  • Total Time: 20 min + 5 hours smoking time
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Main



For the sauce:

  • 1 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 cups white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the pulled pork:

  • 4 cups hickory chips, soaked in cold water for 1 hour
  • 1 (5-pound) Boston butt (bone-in pork shoulder roast)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 cups Pig pickin’ sauce
  • 1/2 head cabbage, shredded
  • 8 hamburger buns, split


To prepare the sauce:

  1. In a large sealable container, mix the cider vinegar, white vinegar and sugar until sugar has dissolved.
  2. Mix in the ketchup, crushed red pepper, black pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic, salt and cayenne pepper.
  3. Cover, and chill in the refrigerator.

To prepare the pulled pork:

  1. Prepare an outdoor grill to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper and paprika. Season the pork shoulder on all sides.
  3. Place hickory chips on the coals or in a smoker box. When the chips begin to smoke, position  the pork shoulder for indirect heat on the grill, skin side up. Cover.
  4. Smoke the pork until it becomes fall-off-the-bone tender at a minimum internal temperature of 195 degrees F, about 4-5 hours.
  5. Transfer the cooked pork to a cutting board. Tent the pork with foil, and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
  6. Discard skin, and pull the pork, discarding bones and fat.
  7. Transfer the pulled pork to a foil pan. Stir in enough of the sauce to keep the pork moist. Cover the pan with foil. Place on the grill to keep warm until ready to serve.

To assemble the sandwiches:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the cabbage and 1/2 cup of the sauce, tossing to mix well.
  2. Pile a generous portion of the pork and cabbage on a hamburger bun. Spoon on additional sauce, and serve.