Pulled pork is one of the staples for American Barbecues but it is not just America where it is popular, it has recently gained a lot of popularity in the UK as well.
Pulled pork is prepared by slow-cooking a tough cut of pork meat at low temperatures allowing the meat to become tender enough that it can be pulled apart easily and broken in to smaller pieces!
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Pulled pork can be used in sandwiches, burgers and can be eaten just the way it is! You can smoke it, grill it and even spit-roast it on a rotisserie. The best thing about pulled pork is that it remains moist no matter how long you cook it!
With your pulled pork ready, you don’t need a lot for it to be exceptional. All you need are some special barbecue sauces and you are good to go!
Here are some unique and special barbecue sauces for your pulled pork, so that you can throw a barbecue party that everyone remembers!
1. North Carolina Vinegar Sauce
This thin, piquant vinegar-based sauce has been popular since George Washington’s days. They are still a staple of every barbecue in the eastern part of the state!
This salty, pucker sauce cuts through the fattiness of the pork, while the chili flakes add some heat to the sauce. Red color of this sauce is usually attributed to ketchup. You can easily prepare it at home.
All you need is:
- 5 cups of apple cider vinegar
- ¾ cup ketchup
- chili flakes
- a dash of Dijon mustard
- dark brown sugar
Bring it to simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Serve with your pulled pork!
2. South Carolina Mustard Sauce
This style of pulled pork was introduced by the German immigrants in 19th century, who considered pork and mustard inseparable! So this is what they did. They sauced their pork with mustard, vinegar and brown sugar to get the perfect blend!
You can easily prepare this sauce at home by combining Dijon mustard with cider vinegar, light brown sugar, salt, black pepper and a bit of hot sauce. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan, whisking it occasionally while simmering for 20-30 minutes.
Use as much as you want and save the rest for your next barbecue!
3. Texas Sauce
This is one unique sauce! We all know how Texans love their barbecue and they are very particular about the type of sauces they use. For pulled pork, they use a special sauce made from a combination of:
- meat drippings
- cumin seeds
- chili flakes
- beef stock
Be sure that when you rack your pulled pork, it is over a foil pan so that you can preserve as much of the meat drippings as you can!
4. Alabama White Barbecue Sauce
A white barbecue sauce is something that you are not likely to consider, because we all know barbecue is about red, hot and spicy sauces, but this white barbecue sauce is one of its kind and works well with pulled pork.
This sauce has been served in a destination restaurant in Alabama since 1925 and has a distinctive flavor.
It is a peppery blend of:
- apple cider vinegar
- horse radish
- black pepper
- Dijon mustard
- cayenne pepper
You can prepare it at home whisking together mayonnaise, cider vinegar, horseradish, black pepper, salt and other herbs. You can add a little zest by squeezing in a bit of fresh lemon juice!
Top your pulled pork with this white barbecue sauce and serve with crunchy coleslaw to make it extra special!
5. Kansas City-Style Barbecue Sauce
This is one of the most popular sauces and actually, one of the most loved sauces by Americans. It has a ketchup base, infused with liquid smoke.
Brown sugar or molasses and a little vinegar give it the finishing touch! It is one of those sauces that you can not imagine without your pulled pork, as it goes naturally well with it!
Sauce the pork after it has been pulled and make sure you don’t over-use it, as you don’t want your pulled pork to be a gloppy mess!