If you’re a barbecue lover, you know that pulled pork is the holy grail of smoked meats. And when it comes to achieving barbecue excellence, the Big Green Egg is your secret weapon. This iconic smoker can turn a simple pork butt into a mouthwatering masterpiece. In this article, we’ll show you how to achieve pulled pork perfection on your Big Green Egg, step by step.
Mastering the Big Green Egg Pork Butt
Step 1: Trim and Season
To start, remove the pork roast from its packaging and trim any excess fat from the fat cap. This will allow for a beautiful bark to form on the outside. Generously season the roast with freshly cracked pepper. Then, give it a coat of yellow mustard, which will act as a binder for the spices. Finally, apply your favorite pork rub, ensuring a perfect balance of sweet and spice.
Step 2: Set up for Success
Preparing your smoker is crucial for a successful cook. Make sure you have a pan or drip tray to catch the delicious drippings. Place the seasoned pork butt on the Big Green Egg cooking surface and insert a temperature probe. Close the lid and let the magic happen.
Step 3: The Low and Slow Cook
Smoking a pork butt is a slow and steady process. Maintain a temperature of around 240 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the cook. Every 3-4 hours, give the meat a generous spritz of undiluted concentrated apple juice to keep it moist and add a touch of sweetness.
Step 4: The Stall and Wrap
At some point, you may experience a temperature stall, usually between 165°F and 185°F. This is normal, so don’t panic. When the internal temperature reaches 200°F, remove the pork butt from the smoker and wrap it tightly in foil. Let it rest in an empty cooler for about an hour to allow the flavors to meld and the meat to become tender.
Step 5: Pull and Savor
Once the resting period is over, it’s time to unleash the flavors. Remove the pork butt from the cooler and start pulling. Make sure to remove any remaining fat and fascia for the best texture. If desired, sprinkle a bit of extra seasoning to enhance the taste. Now you’re ready to serve. Pair your succulent pulled pork with your favorite fixings and enjoy a finger-licking meal.
Pro Tips for Barbecue Perfection
- Optimize your cooking experience by using a wired thermometer with Wi-Fi capabilities and a digital temperature control device. These tools, like the BBQ Guru DigiQ or the InkBird Bluetooth meat thermometer, will help you achieve consistent results.
- Remember to note the weight of your pork butt before discarding the packaging. Knowing the weight will help you estimate the cooking time accurately.
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Don’t settle for mediocre pulled pork. With the Big Green Egg and our expert tips, you’ll become the pitmaster you’ve always aspired to be. Fire up your smoker, follow our steps, and get ready to savor the most delicious pulled pork you’ve ever tasted. Your taste buds will thank you, and your friends and family will be begging for seconds.