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Pulled Pork Rub Recipes

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A pulled pork rub dish involves nothing more than mixing spices of specific amounts according to your taste. Mustard, paprika, cinnamon, etc., are added in a typical pork rub.
Ningthoujam Sandhyarani
Last Updated: Jul 14, 2017
Barbecuing pulled pork in the traditional method imparts a special taste and aroma to the cooked meat. Even if you do not have a barbecue smoker, you can still cook tender and juicy meat by using regular grill and barbecue sauce. All you need is adjusting grilling heat to a low temperature setting (225°F) for even cooking of the meat. And with an excellent pulled pork rub recipe, nothing can stop you from enjoying the real taste of smoked meat. The following are some recipes of the same for your reference.
Pulled Pork Dry Rub
  • Brown sugar, ¼ cup
  • Dry mustard, 2 tsp.
  • Cayenne, 1 tbsp.
  • Black pepper, 2 tbsp.
  • Salt, 3 tbsp.
  • Paprika, ¼ cup
For this smoked pulled pork rub recipe, add all the ingredients - brown sugar, dry mustard, cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt and paprika in a mixing bowl. Stir well for even mixing. Prior to cooking pulled pork in the smoker, add the clean pieces in a saucepan and rub them from all sides with the mixture (leave some for further rubbing).
If time permits, leave the meat for 1-2 hours to allow absorption of the rub. As you smoke pulled pork, remove them when partly cooked, and rub again with the spice mixture. What's more, you can save leftover dry rub for ribs in an airtight container, and preserve it for several months in the refrigerator.
Pulled Pork Spice Rub
  • Dark brown sugar, ¼ cup
  • Celery salt, ½ cup
  • Paprika, 1 cup
  • Granulated garlic, 2 tbsp.
  • White pepper, ½ tbsp.
  • Cayenne pepper, 1 tsp.
  • Mustard powder, ½ tbsp.
  • Ground thyme, 2 tsp.
  • Salt, ½ tsp.
Sift all the ingredients - dark brown sugar, celery salt, paprika, granulated garlic, white pepper, cayenne pepper, mustard powder, thyme, and salt. You can adjust the ingredient quantities as per your preferred spiciness. Following this, add them in a large mixing bowl. Stir well, the mixture, for even combination. This is how, you can make easy pork pulled rub recipe within 10 minutes. Before cooking pork, apply the rub on both sides of the meat and leave for some time. Also, sprinkle rub in between barbecuing for better taste.
Pulled Pork Rub in Slow Cooker
  • Ground mustard, 1 tbsp.
  • Apple cider vinegar, ⅓ cup
  • Garlic powder, 1 tbsp.
  • Brown sugar, ¼ cup
  • Liquid smoke, ½ tsp.
  • Paprika, ½ tsp.
  • A dash of red chili pepper flakes
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
In addition to smoking, you can make delicious pulled pork recipes in a slow cooker. For the same, first prepare the rub. In a saucepan, add the ingredients - mustard, apple, cider vinegar, garlic powder, brown sugar, liquid smoke, paprika, red chili flakes, salt, and pepper. Whisk the rub mixture for 3-4 minutes. Then, apply rub to both sides of the pork meat, and cook in a crock pot for about 8-10 hours. The cooking period will vary, based on the temperature setting and thickness of the pieces. After the meat is cooked, consider dividing it into smaller pieces, and reheat with sauce before serving.
As you see, pulled pork rub is very easy to prepare, and you can experiment with different spices as per your choice. For increased tenderness, moisten the meat with olive oil before applying rub. After grilling for 2-3 hours at low heat, apply mop sauce to the meat, or just rub with apple cider vinegar, or olive oil and vinegar mixture. At the time of serving, complement your smoked pulled pork with thick and creamy coleslaw for a perfect taste