This is really my first post I have written for several weeks since we were off to see the new grandchild. Very cute.
I have done pulled pork several ways but they are really not “cooking of two” friendly. Way too much in left overs. My “pulled pork” with a pork loin had a good exterior and the outer 1/3 was excellent but the rest was somewhat dry and dependent on the sauce for taste and moisture. And a pork shoulder is too big and way too much work for two.
Well a boneless country style rib is thinner than the loin and has some fat along with a fat cap. My plan was to brine the meat for moisture. Coat with spices and oil. Then cook over low direct heat until 190 plus.
Notes: I left the fat cap on but there is a tough membrane under it so I don’t think it let the fat that melted flow into the meat. This needs to be cut into a diamond cross cut or removed. The oil should be enough to help prevent drying. I was out of smoking chips so I didn’t smoke this but it should add something.
I used direct heat for several reasons. First and most important, large pieces of meat need low heat so the outside isn’t charcoal before the center is cooked. The second is just speed. I think you could skip the brine for more speed and have only a little effect.
Notes on rub and sauce. I now make all my own sauce and rubs. I did use only Gates of Kansas City sauce and rubs. I enjoyed them for 35 years and mail order them by the case and give a lot away. Gates from Kansas City Link. You should use what ever rub or sauce you enjoy. Bull’s-Eye Original Barbecue Sauce is recommended by CI. You can Google or buy what your local market has.
Tools: Nothing special
1 slab boneless country style pork ribs
3 T vegetable oil
2 cups Water
2 T salt
2 T brown sugar
1 T paprika
1 T brown sugar
1 t salt only if you don’t brine
1/2 t black pepper
1/2 t onion powder
1/2 t garlic powder
1/4 t cayenne
1) Be sure the premade cross cuts are about 1/2 through the meat. Flip meat and cross cut fat cap into about 3/4 inch diamonds (see note).
2) Mix all brine ingredients. Refrigerate and brine for 1-4 hours. Skip this step if you wish.
3) Preheat grill and clean. Oil and reduce heat to low.
4) Mix rub.
5) Remove from brine. Pat dry. Mix approximate 1/2 of rub in 3 T of vegetable oil. Dry rub remainder of the rub on the meat being sure to get into cuts. Now coat with the oil/rub mixture.
6) Place over low direct heat with fat cap up. Cook until internal temp is 190-200. About 50-60 minutes.
7) Remove and wrap in foil for 10-30 minutes.
8) Using large forks, shred on cutting board.
boneless country style pork rib3 T vegetable oil Brine2 cups Water2 T salt2 T brown sugar Rub 1 T paprika1 T brown sugar1 t salt only if you don’t brine1/2 t black pepper1/2 t onion powder1/2 t garlic powder1/4 t cayenne
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2-3 servings