Barbecue is by definition cheap. It can trace its origins to people doing whatever they could to convert the shittiest cuts of meat into something edible. It was meant to be an affordable no-frills meal.
Now, barbecue is serious business buddy. This list of the Kansas City Barbecue Society’s rules for the 2015 season illustrates that quite clearly. Look at it! No serving alcohol? I quite literally attended a church when I was a kid that served beer at its annual barbecues.
While I am certain that competition cooks can make some delectable pork, I also know that it’s not all that hard at home. These competition types would lead you to believe that only expensive ceramic smokers can render a pork shoulder edible, but I have news for them (and you!) Pork shoulder, aka Boston Butt, is so full of fat and connective tissue that all it requires to be great is time and heat.
And so, I will now share my easy recipe with you. You will need a bone-in Boston Butt, a big pot, a skillet, and just a few ingredients. Oh and one more thing…time. This is easy and relatively hands off, but it will take between 4 and 6 hours. BBQ is easy, but it takes time. Just start it around lunch on a Sunday!
First, take your meat and generously salt it. Don’t be afraid to over season this thing, it’s huge. Then, in your skillet, brown the hunk of pig thoroughly on all sides. Really brown it. Make it black and charred all around. It will only help the flavor. After it’s browned, toss it in your big pot, fill the pot with cheap. cheap beer (I like Miller High-Life for this, because it’s dirt cheap for a sixer of tall boys) and bring it all to a boil. Honestly you could end the recipe here if you want. Just let it simmer for about 4-6 hours. Your pork will be great honestly.
If you want it to be even better, add 1 tablespoon of cumin, a small can of tomato paste, a clove or two of garlic, and a fistful of onion powder to your beer and butt. That’s it.
To serve, remove your butt from the pot into a large bowl. Get a fork in each hand, and just stir the meat.If you cooked it long enough, it’ll shred like…something that shreds easy. Paper? Who knows. Anyway, shred it, add about a half cup of the cooking liquid from the pot, a teaspoon of salt, and stir again. Serve the meat on hamburger buns with bottled BBQ sauce.
If you have good friends or family, they will appreciate the time and effort you put in and enjoy their meal. If you have bad friends, they will bemoan the omission of a smoker. Remove these people from your life, they will only bring you down.