Eight-Time World Championship Pork Shoulder

smoking pork shoulderBack in October Lauren and I were planning a party and I decided that I was going to do the cooking for it. I used two recipes from the book Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book: Recipes and Secrets from a Legendary Barbecue Joint one of them being his Eight-Time World Champion Pork Shoulder. (The other being his Cole-slaw). An eighteen pound pork shoulder can feed up to 24 people so I thought this would be perfect for the party. It was. It was so good I’ve made it a few times since then, including last weekend.

Temperature of the grill needs to stay between 225/250 degrees F through the whole cooking process.

Temperature of the grill needs to stay between 225/250 degrees F through the whole cooking process.

Chris Lilly, author of Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ,

I use a fire starter to light my charcoal,

I use a fire starter to light my charcoal

 recommends if cooking for a long period of time and using a kettle grill to use the encirclement strategy. The encirclement strategy allows the food to cook evenly and at a stable cooking temperature for as long as six hours. To use this method of grilling,  you need to place a stainless steel bowl in the center of the grill. Fill the bowl half way with water or a fruit juice mixture with seasoning. Create a C-shaped ring of (unlit) charcoal around the bowl, leaving an 8-inch open gap on one side. Fill the gap with white hot charcoals, and close the lid.  Keep the grill dampers wide open until you reach the desired temperature (225/250). Once reached, close all the dampers to about 1/4 inch per opening.Throughout the cooking period you will continue adding lit charcoal to keep the grill to keep a constant temperature. I checked the temperature every hour (it doesn’t need to be, but it doesn’t hurt). When the temperature started to drop I added between 8-10 hot coals.

One thing I recommend when grilling is to have a thermometer for your grill and for the meat. You need to be able to check the temperature of the grill often, and it is much easier to do so with it being displayed on the outside. 

This is the greatest pork shoulder recipe and it goes well with Big Bob Gibson’s Cole Slaw. Check out the recipe, http://www.muffinsandmeat.com/2013/02/17/spicy-honey-mustard-coleslaw/.

Inject the pork in 1 inch intervals.

Inject the pork in 1 inch intervals.

add the dry rub with an even coating.

add the dry rub with an even coating.

Place on the center of the grill.

Place on the center of the grill.

When you replace the wood chunks, spray the shoulder with apple juice.

When you replace the wood chunks, spray the shoulder with apple juice.

 

 Directions Below.

Eight-Time World Championship Pork Shoulder

  • Prep time:
  • Cook time:
  • Total time:
  • Yield: 20-24
  • Difficulty: hard
  • Recipe type: Dinner

Ingredients:

  • 1 16-18 lb pork shoulder
  • DRY RUB
  • 1/2 tbs spoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbs spoon granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1/8 cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • INJECTION
  • 3/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • BIG BOB GIBSON VINEGAR SOP MOP
  • 6 1/2 cups distilled colored vinegar (substitute white vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbs salt
  • 3 slices of lemon

Directions:

  1. Set grill for indirect cooking. See introduction.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the dry rub ingredients. Mix well and set aside. In a separate mixing bowl, combine all the injection ingredients and blend until the sugar dissolves. If you have trouble getting the sugar to dissolve, pour the injection in a small pot on low and continue stirring. Using a meat syringe, inject the meat evenly at 1 inch intervals. From the top side, using the entire amount of the injection solution. Apply the dry rub to the meat in an even coating, patting so the rub adheres. (See pictures above).
  3. When the grill reaches 225/250 degrees F, place the pork shoulder, skin side down, on the void side (non fire side) of the grill and close the lid. (see intro) Cook for 14-16 hours, adding charcoal as needed during the cooking process to keep the cooker temperature at 225 degree F. I check the temperature every hour just to be sure. Once the temperature starts to drop I add between 8-10 hot coals. Two small wood chunks should be added every hour to increase the smoke flavor. When the meat has cooked for 13 hours, start basting the shoulder with the vinegar sop mop every hour. When done, the blade bone (the bone visible on the side of the shoulder) should release with a firm tug and the internal temperature of the meat should reach 195 degrees F.
  4. Remove the pork to a cutting board and let it rest for 30 minutes. Wearing insulated rubber gloves, pull the pork from the bone by hand. Pull off and discard all visible fat.
  5. INSTRUCTIONS FOR BIG BOB GIBSON’S SOP MOP
  6. In a large bowl, combine the ingredients and mix well. Make at least 24 hours prior to usage for the best flavor. It can last up 2 weeks at room temperature.

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Comments: 5

  1. Kate May 27, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I was so lucky to be treated to a catered dinner by MuffinsandMeat recently. This pulled pork was the centerpiece – perfectly seasoned, moist and did not need any sauce. The pork sandwich was topped with homemade cole slaw with a “kick”. Yummy! And on the side I enjoyed a pasta salad with broccoli, cauliflower, shredded cheddar and just the right amount of delicious dressing. This meal rates 5 stars (out of 5)! Thanks MuffinsandMeat!

    • MuffinsandMeat
      MuffinsandMeat October 28, 2013 at 1:09 am

      We are so glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Kristy K January 20, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Would it be ok to do this in a smoker?

    • MuffinsandMeat
      MuffinsandMeat March 6, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Oh my goodness, so sorry for the delay! I blinked and months have passed. The shoulder will definitely work; by the process I used it is almost as if I turned my grill into a smoker. I hope you enjoy!

  3. Dave March 6, 2016 at 4:26 am

    I have made Bob Gibbons pulled pork recipe several times and it is always killer. I highly recommend putting in the effort. You won’t be let down

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