by Texas Homesteader ~
RancherMan keeps our chest freezer filled with wild hog meat. I’ve made many dishes with this lean, mild-tasting wild pork. Many of those recipes are listed below. (Although you could use commercial pork instead)
But recently we were preparing for our annual family reunion. We decided to serve pulled-pork sandwiches with some of this wild-hog meat. But RancherMan wanted to smoke it with pecan wood before shredding it for sandwiches. It turned out Aaaaaaaahhhhh-MAZING!
Preparing the Pork Roasts
RancherMan pulled out several 3-5 lb pork roasts and rinsed them well. Then he coated them with his homemade dry rub (recipe belowJump to Recipe).
When the roasts were fully coated he covered them and put them in the fridge while he prepared the grill.
Preparing the Pecan Wood For Smoking
We have several large pecan trees on our Homestead. So RancherMan cut some dead, seasoned branches into chunks no larger than 1″x2″x2″. This should give plenty of surface area for smoking. Remember you want the wood to be seasoned, not green! If you don’t have seasoned pecan wood handy it’s easy to *Buy Smoking Wood too.
He took the pecan wood chunks & soaked them for about an hour to get them good & saturated. While the pecan wood is soaking, he turns his attention to the grill.
Preparing the Grill
For meat smoking RancherMan prefers to use lump charcoal instead of briquettes. It burns much the same but it’s cheaper. Smoking meat takes lots of charcoal!
He simply made a mound of charcoal in his grill’s smoker box & lit it. When the charcoal ashed over & was white he placed the pecan rounds & water into a large metal pan & sat it on the grill of the smoker box. Then he closed the lids to get things started.
Making The Mop Sauce
While everything was heating up on the grill, RancherMan quickly made the mop sauce.
It was easy – he just used some of the Dry Rub and added beer, coffee & vinegar. (The recipe is listed below.)Jump to Recipe Now that everything’s ready, it’s show time!
Smoking The Meat
The temps at his grill had reached the perfect temperature of 225 – 250 degrees Fahrenheit. So RancherMan brought those roasts out of the refrigerator and placed them on the hot grill. He used a basting brush to coat all surfaces of each of the roasts. Then he closed up the grill.
He’ll monitor the temps throughout the duration of smoking this meat. When the coals start to burn out the temps will drop a bit. So he’ll add more charcoal. When it’s added the temps will go up a bit, so he’ll adjust the vents. He wants the grill to maintain that sweet spot from between 225 degrees and 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
Basting The Meat
Now that the meat’s smoking he needs a reminder to check on things in an hour. So from his smart phone he tells Siri to set the timer for an hour. When the timer goes off it’s time to turn the roasts and baste the meat again.
He’ll baste all sides with his Mop Sauce, flipping each roast to the other side and rotating them to a different position on the grill. This assures all roasts receive the same amount of time right up close to the smoke box portion of the grill.
Then he’ll check the temps again, add charcoal if needed and adjust the vents to maintain the temperatures he wants. Then he’ll tell Siri to set his timer again.
He’ll continue this hourly task until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 145 degrees on all roasts. When it starts getting close he’ll check the temperature using an *Instant Read Thermometer each time he bastes the meat.
The last time or two he basted the meat he did so with my homemade Honey-Sweetened BBQ Sauce for a thicker final coating. Nice touch!
It Takes Time To Smoke Meat Low & Slow
All in all it took about 13 hours for RancherMan’s smoked pork roasts. It can be longer or shorter, depending upon how much meat you’re smoking, how thick it’s cut and the temperatures you maintain on your smoker grill. But you don’t want to hurry this. Slow & low is the secret to a moist, deliciously-smoked roast. With pork, when the internal temps reach 145 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, the meat is done.
Other types of meat may require different internal temperatures. Verify through the USDA Safe Internal Temperature site for your circumstances. It provides the minimum safe internal cooking temperatures and rest times for various kinds of meat. Food safety is important!
Now that all is done, RancherMan brought the meat into the kitchen and let it rest for about 30 minutes. Then we got busy shredding those roasts.
We like the ‘strings’ of meat to be short so we chunked it up into about 2″ pieces and tossed the meat into my KitchenAid mixer with the paddle attachment. That paddle shredded the meat chunks into perfect pulled pork in minutes!
Plan plenty of time if you’re smoking meat. Remember, smoking meat takes a lot of time but not really a lot of effort. RancherMan likes to prepare the meat & grill and then pop the top on a cold one as he babysits the meat for the day. I’ll say the results were amazing!
Coffee / Beer Rub & Mop Sauce
FOR THE DRY RUB:
- 2 tablespoons coarse kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon coarsely-cracked black pepper
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
COFFEE / BEER MOP SAUCE (makes 2 Cups)
- 1 12-oz bottle lager-style beer
- 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1/2 cup brewed coffee
- 2 tablespoons dry rub (from above)
Coat meat with dry rub, rubbing into the meat with your clean fingertips.
Grill the meat to your cooked preference, coating all sides with the mop sauce.
If you're smoking the meat, turn the meat & coat with mop sauce about every hour until meat is cooked to the proper internal temperature.
Links In This Post
- Trapping Wild Hogs
- BBQ Dry Rub & Beer-Based Mop Sauce Recipe
- *Wood Smoking Chips
- Beer/Jalapeno/Cheese Hamburger Buns
- Family Reunion Ranch Style!
- 5 Ways A Smart Phone Helps On The Homestead
- *Instant Read Grill Thermometer
- Easily Shredding Pot Roast in Minutes
- Homemade Honey-Sweetened BBQ Sauce
Favorite Wild Hog Recipes
(Can use store-bought pork instead)
Pork Roast Recipes:
Other Wild Pork Recipes:
- Smoked Ham Sandwich Spread
- Baked Breaded Pork Chops
- Cowboy Chili
- Savory Meatloaf
- Slow-Cooker Enchilada Casserole
Recipes with Leftover Pork Roast:
- Carnitas Tacos
- (MYO Crispy Taco Shells in Minutes)
- Pulled Pork Enchiladas
- Hearty Meaty Stew
- Pulled Pork BBQ
References: USDA Safe Minimum Internal Temperatures For Meat