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Josh's Sous Vide Pulled Pork Shoulder




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Spice Rub:

- 1/4 cup (50g) paprika

- 1/4 cup (50g) dark brown sugar

- 3 tablespoons (35g) kosher salt

- 1/2 teaspoon (2g) Prague Powder #1 (optional; see note)

- 1 tablespoon (12g) whole yellow mustard seed

- 1 teaspoon (4g) freshly ground black pepper

- 2 tablespoons (20g) granulated garlic powder

- 1 tablespoon (8g) dried oregano

- 1 tablespoon (12g) whole coriander seed

- 1 teaspoon (4g) red pepper flakes

Pulled Pork:

- 1 whole boneless or bone-in pork butt (shoulder), 5 to 7 pounds total (2.25 to 3.25kg)

- 1/2 teaspoon (3ml) liquid smoke, such as Wright’s Liquid Smoke (optional; see note)

- Kosher salt


For the Spice Rub: Working in batches, combine paprika, brown sugar, salt, Prague Powder (if using to develop a smoke ring), mustard seed, black pepper, garlic powder, oregano, coriander seed, and red pepper flakes in a spice grinder and reduce to a fine powder.

Divide mixture in half. Rub half of mixture evenly all over pork shoulder, pressing it in until it adheres. Place pork shoulder in a sous vide–safe vacuum-sealer bag. Add liquid smoke (if using) and seal bag.

To Cook: Set your precision cooker to 165°F (74°C) for more traditionally textured pulled pork, or 145°F (63°C) for sliceable but tender pork. When the bath is at temperature, add sealed bag with pork and cover with foil or plastic wrap. Allow to cook for 18 to 24 hours. After this stage, pork can be refrigerated for up to 1 week before continuing.

To Finish in the Oven:** Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 300°F. Remove pork from sous vide bag and carefully blot dry with paper towels. (The liquid from the bag can be added to your favorite barbecue sauce and simmered down to provide extra flavor.) Rub reserved spice mixture into the surface of the pork. Place pork on a wire rack set in a rimmed baking sheet and place in oven. Roast until a deep, dark bark has formed, about 1 1/2 hours. Continue with step 7.

Transfer pork to a large bowl or cutting board. Using a couple of forks, shred meat into bite-size pieces (or, if you cooked it at 145°F, use a knife to slice the pork). Season pulled pork to taste with salt and serve immediately, passing your favorite barbecue sauce at the table.

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