Saturday, September 1, 2018

Rubbed Pulled Pork Recipe Tri Tip Style

Pulled pork on sandwich bun
Pulled Pork Sandwich

During the summer months or just about any time a good pulled pork sandwich is hard to beat.  And over the last 4 or 5 years pulled pork has become one of the go to favorites for folks heading to the Southern parts of the country as they make their sojourn through the meccas of fine barbecue dining.  Just like all those intrepid travelers we too look for the sights, smells and tempting features of a good pulled pork sandwich.  But one can’t always hop a plane and land in Barbecue Land so we thought we’d pull the cork on one of our very best pulled pork recipes.  We call it Tri Tip Rubbed Pull Pork.  We call this a simple recipe because to make it all you have to have is a Crock Pot or something that will simulate the low temperatures of a Crock Pot like a metal container held in an oven.  As far as external cooking process that will be all you’ll need. 

As you may know we’re on the Central Coast of California just a few leisurely miles from where Tri-Tip was made famous around a then small town known as Santa Maria, California.  Since the creation of that sumptuous meal it seems that all parts of the country have been working their hardest to recreate it.  We’ve succeeded many times over and now have branched off into combining styles and versions to create some at home favorites for our customers. 

So, let’s spend some time working through the steps to make this wonderful Tri-Tip Rubbed Pulled Pork creation.  We’ll get you started with some basics that you’ll need and need to know to realize your dream. 

Here’s what you’ll need to get your Tri Tip Dry Rubbed Pulled Pork ready for grilling. 

  • 1-2 Pound Pork Loin trimmed of fat
  • 8 Tablespoons Jake's Tri Tip Steak and Rib Rub
  • 1 Cup of Jake's Famous Original or Medium Hot Barbecue Sauce Sauce
  • 1-2 Medium Onions
  • 2-4 Hamburger buns or ciabatta bread
  • Sliced Pickles
  • 1 Gallon Zip Lock bag
  • 2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Water
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 12 Hours of Cooking Time
We’ll be using Pork Loin or Pork Butt.  This meat is relatively easy to get at most chain grocery stores.  And to get our Loin ready you’ll need to take the follow steps:
1. If Pork loin/butt is untrimmed then trim off any excess fat. Fat is a necessary component in a tender pulled pork but too much fat can spoil the flavor of the finished product. You’ll need to be the judge at determining your level of fat on the loin.

2. Once the pork is trimmed cut the loin/butt in half. This increases the cooking surface and shortens the time it takes to cook the meat. A single pork loin is of course better but depending on the size of your Crock Pot you’ll need to consider the time it takes to make the pork and the size of your Crock Pot. 

3. Rub the loin/butt complete with Jake's Tri Tip, Steak and Rib Dry Rub. Jake’s Famous Tri Tip Steak and Rib Rub was created for steaks, ribs and tri-tip.  This all-purpose dry rub contains key ingredients like, garlic, onions, smoked hickory salt, parsley, brown sugar and onion to your pulled pork the flavor it deserves.  Coat the pork generously then allow the meat to rest in the pork in a zip lock bag.  Store the pork in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour and 2 if you can do it. 

4. Prepare the Crock Pot by taking the garlic cloves and crushing with the flat side of a kitchen knife. Once crushed place the garlic cloves evenly around the bottom of the Crock Pot. Our purpose is to allow the garlic to flavor the meat from the bottom up as it cooks in the Crock Pot.  Take the onions and cut them into halves then slice the onion into sizes of about 1/8 inch by 1/8 inch. Spread 1 whole sectioned onion around the Crock Pot on top of the garlic. Pour in the red wine vinegar. Add the water into the Crock Pot. 

5. Begin the heating process for the Crockpot by turning the heat setting to High for 10 minutes. 
6. After 10 minutes turn the Crock Pot on Low. Take the marinated dry rubbed pork from the zip lock bag and place onto the onions. Sprinkle the salt over the pork. Take the second sliced onion and place on top of the pork.

7. Place the lid on the Crock Pot and let cook for 11 hours. After cooking cover the pork in the BBQ Sauce. We suggest Jake’s Famous because the sauce contains a higher level of fine vinegar that the standard sauces.  The addition of vinegar will deeply marinated the pork assisting in breaking down the connective tissues which make the pork tender.  I addition to the vinegar notes we’ve taken out things like corn syrup and flavor enhancers like MSG.  Instead you get a clean, natural flavored barbecue sauce that enhances the results of your pulled pork.  Now close the lid and allow the Crock Pot to continue cooking for 1 more hour. 

8. Take hamburger or ciabatta type rolls and cut in half if not already split. Coat the buns with olive oil or butter and brown on an open faced grill or cast iron pan. When done set aside and hold. Take two standard table forks and shred the pork in the Crock Pot mixing the meat in with the BBQ Sauce as you go.

9. Scoop out enough pulled pork to cover the open face of the bun.

10. Serve with Add pickles, coleslaw, chips, beans or more pickles. 

If you make more pulled pork than you need just store the remainder in a 1 gallon plastic lockable bag.  The pork will stay fresh in your refrigerator for up to 4 days.  You can also store it in your freezer just keep in mind that freezing will draw water out of the meat and with thawing the meat won’t be as fresh as initially cooked. 

Oven pulled pork is made in the exact same ways as above.  Substitute Crock Pot for the container type of your choice.  Then marinade and slow cook following the instructions above.  When completed use hamburger or ciabatta bread and layer on coleslaw or pickles to complete the meal. 

We at Jake’s Famous thank you for taking time out to read our post.  As our way of saying thank you, take advantage of our special on Jake’s Famous Dry Rubs for sale, bbq sauces and condiments going on right now.  You can Use Code 1707200910 with any item and receive a 10% discount right now.   Just use code: 1707200910 at Checkout to receive your discount on our Famous BBQ Sauces, Dry Rubs and Condiments. 

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