Pulled pork wouldn't pull
June 3, 2012 5:34 PM Subscribe
What went wrong with my slow-cooked pork shoulder today? It came out differently than it usually does, and wouldn't pull apart with forks.
posted by misoramen to food & drink (13 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I did what I always do: spice rub. Sear on all sides. 225° oven in a cast-iron dutch oven for 1.25 hours per pound. The piece was 1.82 lbs, so I had it in for two hours and twenty minutes. Took it out, put a digital thermometer in, and it read 198°. Went next to fork shred it, and it wouldn't pull apart. It seemed like the fat inside hadn't liquified. I ended up having to carve it.
- It was a smaller piece than I usually get -- I usually get 4 lbs, but that makes too much, so I tried for a smaller piece this time.
- It was more marbled with fat than usual (my spouse chose it at the store), and held together with a string net. I took the net off before searing it.