Pulled Pork from a Kurobuta Pork Collar

BY: Annella Kelso

  • cooking-duration 6-8 hours
  • servings 12-15 SERVINGS
  • cooking-style smoker
  • cooking-mode moderate

Pulled pork is a crowd-pleasing favorite and the perfect go-to recipe when you are looking to impress.  And Snake River Farms American Kurobuta pork collars take your pulled pork to the next level. With a few simple ingredients and a little time and patience you’ll take your pulled pork from ordinary to extraordinary.

Ingredients

Up to 24 Hours Before

  • 1 Snake River Farms American Kurobuta pork collar Buy Now

  • 1/2 cup avocado oil

  • 1 cup Snake River Farms Perfect Pork Rub Buy Now

Day of Cook

  • 1 – 2 cups light agave (can substitute honey, syrup, brown sugar)

  • 12 oz (1 can) stone fruit nectar/juice ex. peach or apple

  • 1/2 cup high quality butter

  • Heavy duty aluminum foil

  • Cling wrap

  • 2 - 9" x 13" heavy duty aluminum pans

Directions

1
Apply oil to pork collar to create a binder for rub.
2 minutes
2
Generously apply rub/seasoning to cover entire collar. Remember you are seasoning for the entire portion of pork, not just the top layer.
3 minutes
3
Chill covered with cling wrap in refrigeration overnight (minimum of 6 hours).
6 -24 hours
1
Two hours prior to cooking, remove pork from refrigeration and place on counter to allow to come up to room temperature.
2 hours
2
Heat pellet smoker to 300° and place pork directly on rack. Smoke for approximately 3 hours.
3 hours
3
Smoke until the collar is a deep mahogany color and a nice bark. This is the WRAP ON COLOR step. The internal temperature at this point is usually between 160°-168°. Remove collar from the smoker and wrap.
3 hours
4
In a clean disposable aluminum pan add ½ cup of agave, 1 cup juice, ¼ cup of butter sliced and a few shakes more rub
2 minutes
5
Add pork to pan and top with remainder of agave, more butter, and a bit more rub. Seal tightly with aluminum foil and place back on smoker. Place back on grill until pork is ready to pull. This is the PULL ON FEEL step. You want the pork to be fork tender, so it will easily pull, when you probe the pork you want it to feel like you are pushing the probe through warm butter – it will just FEEL right (the internal temperature for this step is usually around 204°).
1 hour
6
Remove from grill and let rest for a minimum of 45 minutes – 2 hours is recommended. After resting, drain juices from pork (see reheating tip), discard any excess fat and shred pork with 2 forks – or with your hands if using insulated gloves. Add remaining juice as necessary prior to serving. May be served with additional sauce on the side.
45 min - 2 hours
7
Reheating tip: Keep the juice from the pork if you plan to cook in advance and reheat the pork. It will solidify some, but you can warm it on the stove or in the microwave and add it to your pork prior to reheating as so it will stay nice and juicy for more than one meal!
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