Award Winning Competition Barbecue Pork Butt Recipe

Recipe courtesy Adam Perrylang from Daisy May's
TOTAL TIME: 7 hr 15 min
Prep: 45 min
Inactive Prep: 30 min
Cook: 6 hr
YIELD: 12 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate


  • 1 (8-pound) pork butt
    • Brine, recipe follows
    • Garlicky Marinade, recipe follows
    • Dry Rub, recipe follows
    • Mop Spray, recipe follows
    • Barbeque Sauce, recipe follows
    • 1 cup apple juice
    • 1 cup water
    • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
    DRY RUB:
    • 1/4 cup dry mustard
    • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons crab boil seasoning (recommended: Old Bay)
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
    • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon garlic, coarsely chopped
    • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons canola oil
    • 1/2 cup smoked bacon, cut into rectangles about 1-inch long and 1/2-inch wide
    • 1/2 cup sweet (Vidalia or Maui) onion, minced
    • 5 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
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    4 cups wood chips, soaked in water for 1 hour
    Preheat a charcoal grill to 225 degrees F. Carefully edge the coals to 1 side and then add 1/2 cup drained wood chips. Place 1 cup of water in metal drip pan on opposite side.

    Inject the pork butt with brine about every 2-inches and then rub with marinade and dust with dry rub. Place the pork on the grill, directly over the drip pan and cook. Be sure to replenish the coals as the temperatures drops, the chips as the smoke dissipates and the water in the drip pan.

    After 6 hours, spray the pork with cider mop every half hour. Cook until a thermometer placed into the thickest part of pork reaches 195 degrees F. Transfer to a platter, brush with the sauce and let rest 30 minutes. To serve, slice into 1/2-pound servings, place on plates and serve with extra sauce alongside.

    What to drink: American Lager Beer
    Place all ingredients into a blender and puree. Remove to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator until needed.
    Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix well to combine and store in the refrigerator until needed.
    Combine all ingredients in a bowl until the salt and sugar dissolve and then place into meat syringe for immediate brining or reserve, refrigerated, for later use.
    Heat the oil in a saucepan set over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until browned and crispy, about 4 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and add the onion, garlic, onion power, garlic powder, black pepper, and cloves. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the sugar and water and then bring to a simmer. Stir in the ketchup, mustard, honey, preserves and juice and then simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and season with the vinegar. Remove the bacon with a spider and discard. Puree the mixture with a hand blender and then cool and reserve for later use.
    Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix well and store in an air tight container for later use.

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