Friday, September 18, 2009

The Taste of Home

This is for all you displaced North Carolinians who miss that good old vinegary barbecue*. And I know we've got at least 4 displaced Carolinians who read this blog. This recipe isn't perfect, but it's amazingly close. Just a tad bit too much salt and slightly too little vinegar and sugar.

Eastern North Carolina Style Barbecue

2 lbs boneless pork shoulder
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
a few dashes liquid smoke

Put these in a slow cooker and cook on low for 10 hours (or high for 5). You might want to put your slow cooker out in the garage or on the back porch, if you don't like the idea of your house smelling like vinegar. Pull the pork, and then mix in:

2 1/2 tsp brown sugar
1 3/4 tsp hot sauce
3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
3/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Enjoy. :-) Oh, and for all you yankees out there: The word barbecue? It's so NOT a verb.

*I know, I know, I hate vinegar. But... this is just how barbecue is supposed to be!

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