Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
13 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork and about 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

You'll need to start this recipe a day ahead to allow ample time for the wood chunks to soak and the flavors of the dry rub to penetrate the meat. While the pork is still warm, shred it into uneven shards, mixing together some of the crisp, dark outer meat with the moister interior meat.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare pork, soak wood chunks in water about 16 hours; drain.

Step 2

Combine turbinado sugar and next 4 ingredients (through ground red pepper); reserve 2 tablespoons sugar mixture. Rub half of the remaining sugar mixture onto pork. Place in a large zip-top plastic bag; seal and refrigerate pork overnight.

Step 3

Remove pork from refrigerator; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Rub remaining half of sugar mixture onto pork.

Step 4

Combine reserved 2 tablespoons sugar mixture, 1 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup water, 1 teaspoon salt, and oil in a small saucepan; cook over low heat 10 minutes or until sugar dissolves.

Step 5

Remove grill rack; set aside. Prepare grill for indirect grilling, heating one side to medium-low and leaving one side with no heat. Maintain temperature at 225°. Pierce bottom of a disposable aluminum foil pan several times with the tip of a knife. Place pan on heated side of grill; add half of wood chunks to pan. Place another disposable aluminum foil pan (do not pierce pan) on unheated side of grill. Pour remaining 2 cups water in pan. Coat grill rack with cooking spray; place on grill.

Step 6

Place pork on grill rack over foil pan on the unheated side. Close lid, and cook for 4 1/2 hours or until a thermometer registers 170°, gently brushing pork with vinegar mixture every hour (avoid brushing off sugar mixture). Add additional wood chunks halfway during cooking time. Discard any remaining vinegar mixture.

Step 7

Preheat oven to 250°.

Step 8

Remove pork from grill. Wrap pork in several layers of aluminum foil, and place in a baking pan. Bake at 250° for 2 hours or until a thermometer registers 195°. Remove from oven. Let stand, still wrapped, for 1 hour or until pork easily pulls apart. Unwrap pork; trim and discard fat. Shred pork with 2 forks.

Step 9

To prepare sauce, combine 1 cup vinegar and remaining ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook until reduced to 1 1/4 cups (about 5 minutes). Serve sauce warm or at room temperature with pork.

Ratings & Reviews

tehwarrens's Review

May 25, 2011

poodlenoodle's Review

January 31, 2011
Excellent. We have cooked this many times!

SarastainVA's Review

June 14, 2009
Wow! I made this a couple years ago when the magazine came out, and my husband and I absolutely loved it. The pork was so tender and tasty and the sauce was awesome. We are huge NC BBQ fans, and this comes close to what we've bought there. Love it, love it, love it. I am making it again this week. The only reason I have not made it since then is because it is time intensive and the grill needs to be clean. You won't be sorry you tried this--I followed the recipe exactly.