Last week at Schnuck's (a grocery store, I don't think it's national) they had an amazing deal on pork butt. Let's be clear about something: it's not butt... it's not even near the butt... it's shoulder. So why don't they call it shoulder? My husband says that butchers probably started calling it that to dissuade people from buying that cut of the pig and encouraging them to buy another cut. I say that a 12-year old boy who thinks profanities are funny named it. But I digress.
I got a great price for a HUGE package of pork shoulder. That one package was enough for three separate meals and the price was only $6 total. Jack. Pot. I've never cooked with pork shoulder before, so I did what any culinary novice would do: I hit the internet.
Evidently, the words 'pork butt' are synonymous with 'pulled pork sandwiches' because every recipe I saw was for that meal. I enjoy a good pulled pork sandwich though, and at the same grocery store there was an AWESOME sale on barbecue sauce, so it was like the universe wanted me to have these sandwiches for dinner. I found a recipe that seemed pretty easy and got good reviews from other people, so I gave it a whirl. Here's the play-by-play:
Season both sides of the meat with your choice of spices. We are a kosher salt and garlic powder type of family, but I'm sure that there are countless spices that would work with this.