Question from a reader:
Can I do low and slow barbecue style cooking on a rotisserie?
Of course! Let’s cook a bone in pork shoulder until it is fall of the bone tender. And I mean fall of the bone. My first go around with this recipe used a 16 pound pork shoulder roast…and it was so tender that it dropped off the spit and fell into my drip pan. Whoops.
Also, this is my chance to share South Carolina’s mustard BBQ sauce. The heat and vinegar in mustard sauce cuts through the rich, fatty pork. Those South Carolinians know what they’re doing. No disrespect to North Carolinians, Kansans, or Tennesseans, or anyone else who knows their barbecued pork.
Recipe: Rotisserie Pork Shoulder with South Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce
Cooking time: 5 hours
- Grill with Rotisserie attachment (I used a Weber Summit with an infrared rotisserie burner. Here is the current version of my grill.)
- Aluminum foil drip pan (9"x12", or whatever fits your grill)
- Butcher's twine
- 4 cups wood chips (divided into 2 (2 cup) servings), soaked for an hour
- 1 (6 pound) bone-in pork shoulder roast (Boston butt roast)
Rub (If you have a favorite rub, you can use it instead)
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
Mustard BBQ Sauce
- 1 cup yellow mustard
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce (I use Frank’s Red Hot)
- Cheap hamburger buns
1. Season the pork shoulderSubmerge the smoking wood chips in water. Sprinkle the rub evenly over the pork shoulder, working it into any natural seams in the meat. Truss the shoulder with twine, tying it every inch and a half. Run the spit through the center of the roast, just underneath the bone, and secure it on the rotisserie spit with the spit forks. Let the roast rest at room temperature while the grill pre-heats.
*If you have time, rub and truss the roast the night before. Refrigerate overnight. Remove the roast from the refrigerator one hour before cooking, and spit it then.
2. Set the grill up for indirect medium-low heat (300°F)For my Weber Summit, I remove the grates, turn burner #1 to medium, and my smoker burner to high. I put my drip pan in the middle of the grill, over the unlit burners, and let the grill preheat for ten to fifteen minutes. This gives me a grill temperature of 300°F.
3. Make the mustard BBQ sauceWhile the grill is preheating: whisk the mustard BBQ sauce ingredients in a small bowl, then store in the refrigerator while the roast cooks so the flavors mingle.
4. Cook the pork shoulderDrain the wood chips. If you don't have a smoker box on your grill, wrap the chips in an envelope of aluminum foil and poke a few holes in it for the smoke to escape. Put the wood chips in the smoker box (or put the foil envelope on the burner cover directly above a lit burner.) Put the spit on the rotisserie, start it spinning, and center the drip pan under the pork roast. Cook with the lid closed until the pork reaches 195°F in the thickest part of the meat, about 5 hours.
5. Rest, pull and serve:Remove the spit from the grill. Be careful - the spit is hot. Remove the roast from the spit, transfer to a platter, remove the twine, and let the roast rest for 15 minutes. Using a fork and a set of tongs, pull and shred the pork into bite sized pieces, discarding any large hunks of fat and breaking up the crusty exterior of the pork (the best part) so it mixes in with the rest of the meat. Put the pork in a large bowl, take a taste, and add salt and pepper to taste. (The seasoning on the outside of the pork doesn’t get into the center of the meat, so it usually needs a sprinkling of salt and pepper.) Pour in about a half a cup of mustard BBQ sauce and toss to coat the pork. Serve, piling high on the hamburger buns, and passing the rest of the sauce at the table.
- If you want to use an entire pork shoulder, make sure you truss it! (I think trussing hold it together on the spit.) It will take a little longer - 6 hours instead of 5 hours - for the larger roast. I’ll try an entire pork shoulder again soon…but I need to invite a crowd over to eat it.
- If any of your dinner guests are put off by the thought of yellow barbecue sauce (*cough* my kids *cough*), finish the recipe through “season the shredded pork with salt and pepper to taste”, then pass the mustard BBQ sauce and a regular BBQ sauce at the table and let them sauce their own pork.
- Bonus Video: Stephen Colbert talking up South Carolina barbecue…while turning his back on the state for not supporting his sister in a recent election.
What do you think?Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below.
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