Sweet Hickory Smoked Pulled Pork

Sweet Hickory Smoked Pulled Pork

We marinated, seasoned, and smoked this pork shoulder over the Easter long weekend. The sweet and sticky fennel coating I came up with helped make this the best tasting pulled pork we’ve had yet… Enjoy the photos and recipe below!







Sweet and Sticky Fennel Marinade (as pictured above)

This is a sweet and sticky marinade for pork that will adhere during smoking. It has a moderate heat level.

2 tbslp olive oil
1 tblsp lime juice
3 tblsp brown sugar
1 tblsp Kashmiri chilli powder
2 tbslp paprika
1 tsp fennel seeds, coarsely ground
pinch of onion powder
pinch of garlic powder
1 tsp ajinomoto
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Stir all ingredients together and allow to sit for 30 minutes.

Please note that the ingredient amounts are approximate only. Use the photos above as a guideline for consistency. Add sugar to make the marinade stickier.

Hickory Smoked Pork Shoulder

Hickory Smoked Pork Shoulder

We woke up too early to even think about taking photos when we made the rub and put this whole 13lb pork shoulder on the smoker…. and it was an cold, rainy day so we didn’t want to go outside to take photos, either. It was so cold, in fact, that we had to bring the pork shoulder inside after the first 9 hours on the smoker to finish in the oven. It took 24 hours of cure in bacon brine and 13 hours to cook, but well worth the time spent. Enjoy the photos!




Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Dr Pepper Pulled Pork

This is a super easy recipe that everyone will love and with the proper planning it takes only a few minutes of prep work to prepare!


1 Pork Picnic Shoulder (Boston Butt)

plus either:

1 cup ketchup

1 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 Tblsp hot sauce

1 Tblsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp chilli flakes

1/2 tsp salt


3 cups of your favourite barbecue sauce

1 can Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper, root beer, etc.

In a medium saucepan, add ketchup, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, chilli flakes, salt and hot sauce. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat. Place your pork shoulder into a clean slow cooker and pour 3/4 of your barbecue sauce into it. If you are using pre-made barbecue sauce, add 2 1/2 cups to the slow cooker. Reserve the rest for adding to the pork after it is pulled apart. Add your can of Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper, root beer, etc. and bring to a boil on high. Reduce heat to low and simmer for at least 8 hours. Remove pork shoulder from slow cooker and use a fork to pull it apart, removing bones as necessary. Add the remaining barbecue sauce and mix well. If mixture is too dry, add sauce from the slow cooker and mix well. Serve on kaiser rolls with coleslaw.


Holiday Treats & Feasts – Part 2

For our first meal of 2012 Morgyn made delicious Pulled Pork sandwiches with Montreal Smoked meat on home made honey oat bread!

 Here is one of the loaves before it went into the oven










Now it’s time to cut the bread into sandwich halves! 🙂


  The Pulled Pork with the home made BBQ sauce, one word for it is delicious!





  Juicy pieces of Montreal Smoked Meat








  My sandwich coming together









  Here is Morgyn’s sandwich! Now that looks tasty! 😀









Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pulled Pork Sandwiches


Pulled Pork


Tonight we had pulled pork sandwiches. This was a pork shoulder which we started in our slow cooker the night before with some barbecue sauce and a can of Dr Pepper.


Finished pork shoulder


Pulling apart the pork


We have made pulled pork a few times before and have always used our home made smoker up until now. My first impression from using the slow cooker was that it seemed to come out a little dry. To compensate for that I made up some barbecue sauce and mixed it in.


Home made barbecue sauce


And, here is the finished product!


Pulled Pork Sandwich


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