War Between the States Pulled Pork

It’s an argument that pits neighbor against neighbor, brother against brother. The North and South may never reach agreement on this. North and South Carolina pulled pork, that is. This is heartfelt difference, a “war” that can truly be civil.

Western North Carolina is home to a vinegar, tomato and pepper elixir that is magic on pulled pork. Mustard-based sauce down around Columbia is amazing as well. Tasting them side by side seemed like a good idea. May not solve the argument, but I’ll certainly understand both sides.

WarStatesSlathered the pork with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and a few squirts of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. Generously sprinkled on the rub. Into the fridge for an overnight nap. Set the egg up for indirect heat, plate setter with the legs up. Tossed a couple handfuls of hickory chips all around the lump charcoal. Fired it up and regulated the airflow to keep the thermometer at 225°F. Placed the rubbed butt on the grate. Ten hours later, the eight-pounder was just reaching 197°F internal temperature. Great moisture and texture. Mixed a bit of the meat with the Lexington NC sauce, and a bit with the Columbia SC sauce. Just a dab of slaw to keep the peace on the plate. Here are the rub and sauce recipes:

SP’s Carolinas Pork Rub:
3 parts Garlic Salt
3 parts Onion Powder
3 parts Black Pepper
3 parts Light Brown Sugar
1 part Paprika
1 part Dry Mustard
1 part dried Marjoram leaves
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper

SP’s Lexington Sauce:
1½ cups cider vinegar
10 Tablespoons ketchup
½ teaspoon chipotle pepper
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon Dried Red Pepper Flakes
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
½ cup water
Combine ingredients in a saucepan, bring to boil, lower the heat to simmer for 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.

SP’s Columbia Sauce:
1 cup Yellow Mustard
¼ cup Cider Vinegar
1½ Tablespoons Ketchup
¼ teaspoon Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
½ teaspoon Garlic Salt
½ teaspoon Celery Salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper
¼ cup Sugar
½ chicken bouillon cube
1 teaspoon dried Rosemary
1 teaspoon Mustard Powder
Combine ingredients and refrigerate in an air-tight container overnight before using

There are times when both sides of an argument are 100% correct. This is one of those times. Here’s to hoping that pit-masters, North and South, continue to state their case forever.

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