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Momofuku's Bo Ssam

joshpounds90joshpounds90 Posts: 38
edited June 1 in Pork
Tried this recipe courtesy of David Chang's Momofuku in the East Village, re: a NY Times post. Took a boneless 8lb. butt I had in the freezer from Costco (even though this recipe called for bone-in) and began to thaw it almost 48 hours prior to the cook. The night before, I put it under cold running water for a few hours to speed up the thaw process and then, as per the recipe, rubbed the butt in a 1:1 kosher salt, white sugar mixture before resting it in a bowl covered in the fridge overnight.

Call it a happy accident, but this butt was not fully thawed when it went on the smoker. It probed right at 31° in the center and didn't budge until almost an hour in, although the exterior was thawed and took plenty of smoke. I can honestly say that this helped me in the long run. Smoke ring was huge and the overall cook time was hardly affected.

I dusted off the excess sugar/salt before placing the butt in an aluminum roasting pan. As per the recipe, went with a dome temp. of 300°F (for six-ish hours) indirect. After the first hour and a half, I used a spoon to baste the butt in its juices every hour or so. Once it hit 200°F-205°F, I pulled it and wrapped it in HDAF. After an hour rest, I put it back in the roasting pan and rubbed it (as per the recipe) in brown sugar/kosher salt. I cranked the egg to a dome temp. of 500°F and allowed the brown sugar/salt to caramelize for 15 minutes. Turned out incredible! Flavor is off the charts!

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  • johnmitchelljohnmitchell Posts: 5,820
    Damn that does look tasty
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  • LegumeLegume Posts: 11,688
    This is one I need to do
    I do not have any broken or spare parts for any size egg.
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 15,631
    edited June 1
    Nice! This cook is definitely a crowd pleaser. Made it once, and it was a big hit. 

    Dave Chang's recipe has a couple of sauces, that are very much worth the effort to make. 

    BTW, I heard him  mention his BGE on a recent podcast.

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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 20,832
    Love this recipe.  We’ve made it several times here.  The tang in that bo ssam sauce, combined with the pork and the rice and ginger scallion... hard to beat.
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