Barbecue Pork Butt 

Barbecue Pork Butt

I haven't yet tried this recipe myself, but I have watched Alton Brown on Food Network do it a few times. I've never brined a pork butt, but I think I'm going to try it sometime. The rub sounds tasty too. Although, I've never put coriander or fennel in my own rubs.

This is the recipe he used when he showed how to cook a pork butt in a flower pot using an electric hot plate.

Alton Brown Pork Butt Recipe

8 ounces or 3/4 cup molasses
12 ounces pickling salt
2 quarts bottled water
6 to 8 pound Boston butt

1 teaspoon whole cumin seed
1 teaspoon whole fennel seed
1 teaspoon whole coriander
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon paprika

Combine molasses, pickling salt, and water in 6 quart Lexan. Add Boston butt making sure it is completely submerged in brine, cover, and let sit in refrigerator for a minimum of 8 hours. 12 hours is ideal.

Place cumin seed, fennel seed, and coriander in food grinder and grind fine. Transfer to a small mixing bowl and stir in chili powder, onion powder, and paprika.

Remove Boston butt from brine and pat dry. Sift the rub evenly over the shoulder and then pat onto the meat making sure as much of the rub as possible adheres. More rub will adhere to the meat if you are wearing latex gloves during the application.

Preheat smoker to 210 degrees F. Place butt in smoker and cook for 10 to12 hours, maintaining a temperature of 210 degrees F. Begin checking meat for doneness after 10 hours of cooking time. Use fork to check for doneness. Meat is done when it falls apart easily when pulling with a fork. Once done, remove from smoker and set aside to rest for at least 1 hour. Pull meat apart with 2 forks and serve as sandwich with coleslaw and dressing as desired.

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Comment Good luck with cookout. When I get time I am going to make this recipe using the flower pot method. I will post some pictures of the results.

Sun Jun 19, 2005 8:49 am MST by The BBQ Guy

Comment I've been using this recipe since last year, and everybody loves it. The flower pot smoker is a pretty nice substitute for the more expensive charcoal Big Green Egg, though I'd still love to get one of those. I have found that Toastmaster Basic Burners make the best hotplate for use in the smoker. I found a place online that had them for $10 each. Works great. I'm actually smoking 2 butts overnight for a family cookout tommorow.

Fri Jun 17, 2005 9:31 am MST by Shawn Wheatley

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