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doing pulled pork for 40ish people. rub recipe you like?

doing pulled pork for an 80th birthday party this Saturday. won't quite follow the 1/2 person rule because 1) most the crowd will be 80ish years old 2) there will be a ton of other food as well

I am going to use pecan wood chunks for smoking. Using Franklin's recipe for bbq sauce and vinegar sauce. Also using his slaw recipe. Will have white onion, dill pickles, and Hawaiian sweet bread. 

Party is at 2 Saturday so I will probably put the meat on Friday evening, FTC until I get there and probably shred on site.

I know there are hundreds of basic rub recipes but what do you like to use? Figure I'll rub it tonight and let sit in the fridge until tomorrow. 
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  • FanOfFanboysFanOfFanboys Posts: 2,173
    also, how many wood chunks do y'all recommend?
    Boom
  • This is my go to for pork butts https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/chris-lillys-six-time-world-championship-pork-shoulder-52415241

    I would use 4-5 wood chucks intermixed in the lump

    NW IA

    2 LBGE, 1 SBGE, 22.5 WSM, 1 Smokey Joe

  • GoooDawgsGoooDawgs Posts: 790
    I like a 50/50 split of Bad Byrons Butt Rub and Brown Sugar. 
    Milton, GA 
    XL BGE & FB300
  • SlippySlippy Posts: 84
    edited October 11
    doing pulled pork for an 80th birthday party this Saturday. won't quite follow the 1/2 person rule because 1) most the crowd will be 80ish years old 2) there will be a ton of other food as well

    I am going to use pecan wood chunks for smoking. Using Franklin's recipe for bbq sauce and vinegar sauce. Also using his slaw recipe. Will have white onion, dill pickles, and Hawaiian sweet bread. 

    Party is at 2 Saturday so I will probably put the meat on Friday evening, FTC until I get there and probably shred on site.

    I know there are hundreds of basic rub recipes but what do you like to use? Figure I'll rub it tonight and let sit in the fridge until tomorrow. 
    Maybe mix it up? Do some butts using Franklin Style rub (for the meat connoisseurs) and some sweet for people that like a sweeter meat? I did that last weekend and it was perfect, because everyone had an opinion and could eat their favorite. Interactive BBQ....   
    Rockwall, TX Large BGE, Really old Oklahoma Joe offset smoker, Really old 22" Weber Kettle, Pile of Pecan and Post Oak... Future: Lone Star Grillz offset smoker. 
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 13,528
    edited October 11
    I did that for Mom's 100th. Not sure how many people, but about 40. I cooked four ±8 pounders. Used the same rub I always use (one recipe per butt), 1 tbls each of: salt, sugar, brown sugar, cumin, chili powder, black pepper and paprika, plus a teaspoon of cayenne. 

    Cooked the day before and when done, I pulled, bagged, vac sealed and refrigerated. For the party, I heated pots of water to about 160° and put the vac bags in. Sous vide would have been nice, but I didn't have it so I just kept an eye on temp. 20-30 minutes was fine.

    Eastern NC vinegar sauce: 1 1/2 cups each of white vinegar, apple cider vinegar and 1 1/2 teaspoons ea of sugar, red pepper flakes, hot pepper sauce and cayenne. S&P to taste.

    Homemade recipe for KFC slaw and cheap burger buns. No pickles, onions or anything else. Typical NC - and what Mom is used to.

    EDIT: Recipe for KFC Slaw is here: https://topsecretrecipes.com/kfc-cole-slaw-copycat-recipe.html?category_id=239 
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  • Grillin_beersGrillin_beers Posts: 1,320
    I like bad Byron’s mixed with meat Church honey hog hot. 
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  • billyraybillyray Posts: 1,175
    Here's a great mustard sauce recipe, if you need one. Makes abut 16 oz.
    3/4 c yellow mustard
    1/2 c honey
    1/4 c apple cider vinegar
    2 tbl ketchup
    1 tbl brown sugar
    2 tsp Worchestershire sauce
    1 tsp hot sauce
    Felton, Ca. 2-LBGE, 1-Small and waiting on a mini
  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,533
    Not being a [email protected] here since at 74 I'm not that far behind the people in the 80's who will be eating your PP. 

    At their age and even older many will be sporting a mouth full of false teeth and others with just some up front and none "behind the smile". Sooooo my suggestion is not on the recipe, but how you serve it. Please chop it much finer than a party of younger folks so your guests can chomp and swallow without molars in back to grind it finer!

    Trust me they will love you! 
    L, M, S &  Mini

    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • FanOfFanboysFanOfFanboys Posts: 2,173
    RRP said:
    Not being a [email protected] here since at 74 I'm not that far behind the people in the 80's who will be eating your PP. 

    At their age and even older many will be sporting a mouth full of false teeth and others with just some up front and none "behind the smile". Sooooo my suggestion is not on the recipe, but how you serve it. Please chop it much finer than a party of younger folks so your guests can chomp and swallow without molars in back to grind it finer!

    Trust me they will love you! 
    you know is a great idea

    maybe toss it for a quick burst in the blender to make it finer?
    Boom
  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,533
    RRP said:
    Not being a [email protected] here since at 74 I'm not that far behind the people in the 80's who will be eating your PP. 

    At their age and even older many will be sporting a mouth full of false teeth and others with just some up front and none "behind the smile". Sooooo my suggestion is not on the recipe, but how you serve it. Please chop it much finer than a party of younger folks so your guests can chomp and swallow without molars in back to grind it finer!

    Trust me they will love you! 
    you know is a great idea

    maybe toss it for a quick burst in the blender to make it finer?
    Personally I would never resort to that. Turning the meat to mush let alone having to clean the blender doesn't excite me.
    L, M, S &  Mini

    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • FanOfFanboysFanOfFanboys Posts: 2,173
    RRP said:
    RRP said:
    Not being a [email protected] here since at 74 I'm not that far behind the people in the 80's who will be eating your PP. 

    At their age and even older many will be sporting a mouth full of false teeth and others with just some up front and none "behind the smile". Sooooo my suggestion is not on the recipe, but how you serve it. Please chop it much finer than a party of younger folks so your guests can chomp and swallow without molars in back to grind it finer!

    Trust me they will love you! 
    you know is a great idea

    maybe toss it for a quick burst in the blender to make it finer?
    Personally I would never resort to that. Turning the meat to mush let alone having to clean the blender doesn't excite me.
    the cleaning is easy but I can finely chop with a knife, it'll just take longer haha

    I am thinking about throwing it on around 8pm. two butts at 8ish lbs each. I gotta get up early Sat for a 5k so I can check it before I go. Hoping it'll be done sometime after I get home where I can FTC it until hour or so before serving


    Boom
  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 13,387
    First I brine. Then I use a spicy rub for the butt, then I cover it in peach preserves. After pulling the blade bone with no effort, I remove from the BGE, pull and chop.
    Leftover preserves go right into the sauce.
    Smoke with peach, 6-8 chunks dispersed throughout the lump.
    Zero leftovers.
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    Louisville, Kentucky
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 28,397
    If your target crowd is around 80 plus or minus years old, I'd cut back on the salt lest your be responsible for a genocide of congenital heart failure.   Can always add it, can't take it away.  
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  • FanOfFanboysFanOfFanboys Posts: 2,173
    put it on at 9pm last night, pulled around 10:45 this morn. ftc right now. will start pulling right before we eat. I'l use my bear claws to try and tear it up

    the rub was not heavy on the salt but these are dyed in the wool southern country folks. salt is one of the main food groups haha
    Boom
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