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Successful Elder Ward Pulled Pork

I made pulled pork this weekend on my BGE and couldn't be happier with how it turned out.  So happy that I am making my first post!  It was 2 pork shoulders - 8.5lbs & 6.5lbs.  I followed the Elder Ward rub recipe and general cooking method.  I tried to follow his philosophy to setup correctly and then you can move on with you life while it cooks...unfortunately, I thought about it with total obsession.  Hopefully next time I will be a little more confident & can relax.

All rubbed up and ready to rest


Resting for 2 hours


Ready to go - 6:30PM on Friday


Done deal...12:30PM on Saturday - 18 hours @ 250 dome temp indirect

(what looks like a mouse on the grill is my pit thermometer clipped onto a lava rock)



I double wrapped them in extra strength foil 2 times and put them in a cooler for 2 hours.

Ready to pull @ 2:30PM


After pulling I mixed in a very light mixture of the The Traditional North Carolina Sauce & stock.

Ready to eat @ 3PM on Saturday

A delicious BGE pulled pork sammich - Add a cold beverage & the FL sunshine & you have the makings for a great weekend.

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  • HogHeavenHogHeaven Posts: 264
    The Elder Ward publication on is without a doubt the most informative publication I have ever read about butts and how to set up a BGE for a long, long low and slow cook. That article completely gave me the incite to understand how to control my ceramic cooker. He walks you through how to load your lump coal so as to NOT have to worry about your fire burning out for a long, long low and slow cook. I have to say as a BGE owner... That is the single most informative article I have ever read!!!
  • HogHeavenHogHeaven Posts: 264
    Oh... And by the way, your meteors look fabulous! That's how a butt is supposed to look when it is cooked low and slow. Good on ya man!
  • Looks awesome! Welcome aboard the forum!
    LBGE 2013, SBGE 2014, Mini 2015
    Columbus IN
  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 10,513
    Welcome! That's doing BBQ right!
  • Bravo!  Well done sir!  =D>


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  • Charlie tunaCharlie tuna Posts: 2,191
    Nice looking butts! Welcome to the zoo! Not much better than a pulled pork sandwich...
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 5,948
    Welcome aboard-great cook!  It's a game changer.
  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 5,860
    Great looking butts!  I had the same for dinner last night...minus the sunshine here in GA! 

    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

  • MattFootMattFoot Posts: 1
    I totally agree HogHeaven - thank you to for such an amazing resource of a site and the great Elder Ward article!  It was only yesterday I accessed the charcoal database to make sure I was making the right decision in my grocery store.   :D
  • HogHeavenHogHeaven Posts: 264
    edited April 2013
    MattFoot said:
    I totally agree HogHeaven - thank you to for such an amazing resource of a site and the great Elder Ward article!  It was only yesterday I accessed the charcoal database to make sure I was making the right decision in my grocery store.   :D

    My favorite website to learn about grilling, smoking and cooking in general is If you want to learn everything there is to know about making your own BBQ sauce or you're own rubs and brines... He goes into deep deep detail on all subjects. Plus... If you have a question he will answer you within an hour or 2. I use both sites but I spend more time on Amazingribs than I do nekkidwhiz.
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 6,622
    Great cook! Nothing beats the bark, flavor and texture than pulled pork done lo n slo. Your backyard looks like the perfect place to down a few of those sammies.

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 2,902
    Awesome job! Welcome to the cult.



     LBGE,SBGE, and a mini makes three......Sweet home Alabama........ Stay thirsty my friends .

  • Solson005Solson005 Posts: 1,906
    That is a great first post! =P~

    I just read that method yesterday and it is a very well written article indeed.

    The bark looks awesome, I've done a couple of butts on my small at 275 and while they are great the bark doesn't get as nice as that! =D>

    Looking forward to more of your posts!
    Large & Small BGE, CGW Two-Tier Swing Rack for BOTH EGGS, Spider for the Wok, eggCARTen & and Cedar Pergola my Eggs call home in Edmond, OK. 
  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 2,575
    I love Big Butts!


    Large BGE 2006, Mini Max 2014 
    Founding Member of the Green Man Group cooking team.
    Johns Creek, Georgia

  • yzziyzzi Posts: 1,793
    Welcome to the forum! Glad to see you joined since meeting you at the Sunshine Eggfest! Confused why you didn't invite us over for some pulled pork though ;-)
    Dunedin, FL
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