One of our favorite cooking tools is our kamado-style ceramic charcoal cooker, the Big Green Egg. How is it different from other grills? Based on designs from southern Japan, the Big Green Egg, “Is designed to contain the heat with only a small vent at the top to create a draft to keep the fire going…Big Green Eggs can be used for smoking or grilling and with the addition of accessories can bake bread or cook a pizza.”
We’ve had fun trying various dishes in the Big Green Egg, including:
- Beer Can Chicken
- BBQ Pulled Pork
- Saint Louis-style ribs
- Sausage rolls stuffed inside corn husks (a recipe we saw made on an episode of Diners, Drive-in’s and Dives)
- Trout fillets, caught on Pine Mountain Lake
The BBQ pulled pork was especially delicious, which is why I wanted to share the recipe.
About Carolina-Style Pulled Pork
When cooking pulled pork, you have to have patience and a big crowd to feed. Keep in mind that when picking the sandwich bun, you want a lighter-style hamburger bun, not fancy artisan bread. I’m not very traditional, but here the right bread is just as important as the right sauce. Going “healthy” is not an option; save your whole wheat buns for another time!
Also, planning ahead is vital. Our 6 pounds of pork shoulder took more than 17 hours using our new Big Green Egg and then an additional 3 hours in a slow cooker. Much to our dismay, we did not have it on the intended day, as my husband did not start the smoking process quite as early as suggested. Since he started at 6am (and not midnight or 2am), we did not actually get to try it until the next day. Maybe that’s better anyway, since it gave all of the flavors time to come together. Despite the wait, it was well worth it. Any leftovers can be easily frozen. Two of my regular clients have been the recipients of his efforts.
What’s the difference between Carolina BBQ and Memphis BBQ? The short answer is that it’s all about the sauce (and the spice rub)! A Carolina style pulled pork has a vinegar-based sauce rather than one with a tomato base.
Carolina-Style Pulled Pork Recipe
For our pulled pork, we combined a little North Carolina sauce and our local favorite Cloverleaf Ranch BBQ. I followed this recipe including the coleslaw. The Dinner Diva Baked beans are also a nice side.
Have you ever made anything in a Big Green Egg? What’s your favorite recipe to use it for in cooking?
Mary Hathaway, Owner of Dinner Diva, has been a personal chef since 2002. She cooks regularly for clients who have special dietary needs, value healthy cooking by using organic products where possible and those who want healthy family meals but have no time to cook. Whether it’s a dinner for 4, a holiday party for 20, or a set of meals for the week, all of the recipes are customized to her client’s needs or lifestyle. Go to: Dinner-Diva.com for more info.