How did cured pork become popular


When did "pulled pork" become so popular

I suspect I am older than most on this forum and never saw a pork butt cooked to the pulled stage growing up. In fact, most port was cooked on an open pit. I prefer my pig cooked to the slicing point or being chopped, not falling apart to be pulled.

Anyone else remember pork over an hickory or oak pit rather than side smoker? I still cook pork butts on a brick pit I had built over oak coals. Yes, you have to tend it but I believe it is superior.
It's been very popular where I grew up for the last 40+ years.

Not sure how far back it goes from there....I was not around.
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Uh, about 300-400 years or so here in NC. And that's how it's traditionally cooked here too, over wood in a homemade pit. There is only one definition of the word "bbq" in NC. Smoked pulled pork with vinegar-based sauce. That is the only meat called "bbq," and when you say "bbq," people expect to see pulled pork. NC is the birthplace and epicenter of pulled pork, just like brisket and Texas, or ribs and Memphis. It's always been wood-smoked and pulled here, the rest of the country is just now starting to come to its senses. The "pig-pickin' " is a popular traditional social event here.
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Exactly.

I grew up in Eastern NC.


You nailed it......when folks say "let's eat some BBQ" that is exactly what they were referring to.....pulled pork with a slight vinegar-pepper sauce.
Uh, about 300-400 years or so here in NC. And that's how it's traditionally cooked here too, over wood in a homemade pit. There is only one definition of the word "bbq" in NC. Smoked pulled pork with vinegar-based sauce. That is the only meat called "bbq," and when you say "bbq," people expect to see pulled pork. NC is the birthplace and epicenter of pulled pork, just like brisket and Texas, or ribs and Memphis. It's always been wood-smoked and pulled here, the rest of the country is just now starting to come to its senses. The "pig-pickin' " is a popular traditional social event here.
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Yep, I'm fairly young, but I remember being at pig pickin's with a couple in the ground and having it pulled.
I've heard that even today, in some uncivilized places, yankees actually put a mixture of thick, sticky, sweet substances on their bbq.
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If'n yer meat needs sauce, then you got problems with the pitmaster!
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I'll have to respectfully disagree strongly with that one. We're usually right on the same page, but not on sauceless BBQ. BBQ is not BBQ without the sauce. No matter how good the meat is cooked, the sauce is an integral part of the whole package that makes it BBQ and not just some cooked meat. It fits with the smoke and the seasonings to make magic out of what was just a chunk of an ugly, smelly animal. Without sauces, there are no regional bbq styles. Do you put seasonings on your meat, or just cook it like it came off the pig? You like to marinate perfectly good steaks. When I smoke pulled pork, it's tasty just as it is, but it ain't BBQ until the sauce goes on it. It's just cooked pork. And this comes from a man who absolutely refuses to put mayo or ketchup on a burger.

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Son, I ain't sayin' what's right or wrong, I'm just sayin' how it is.....Black Oak Arkansas
My uncle came running when he heard us screaming and pulled the monkey off me.....Fish Hawk
I had my first pulled pork when I was in my early 20's. It was all over for me
I don't know, but my dad grew up on a farm in Iowa and said the ribs went to the hired hands in the old days.
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I was on the TexasBBQRub board in a good natured argument with another there about sauces. I had posted my Mustard based sauce recipe and he was all over me about if my meat was any good, I did not need sauce. I was just posting the earlier, with a bit of tongue in cheek. We have three sauces minimum on my table when I serve pulled pork.

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I'll have to respectfully disagree strongly with that one. We're usually right on the same page, but not on sauceless BBQ. BBQ is not BBQ without the sauce. No matter how good the meat is cooked, the sauce is an integral part of the whole package that makes it BBQ and not just some cooked meat. It fits with the smoke and the seasonings to make magic out of what was just a chunk of an ugly, smelly animal. Without sauces, there are no regional bbq styles. Do you put seasonings on your meat, or just cook it like it came off the pig? You like to marinate perfectly good steaks. When I smoke pulled pork, it's tasty just as it is, but it ain't BBQ until the sauce goes on it. It's just cooked pork. And this comes from a man who absolutely refuses to put mayo or ketchup on a burger.

BTW, love ya, man.
Every creature has enough brains to brain tan their hide. Well, except for Liberals.

D.P.
Son, I ain't sayin' what's right or wrong, I'm just sayin' how it is.....Black Oak Arkansas
My uncle came running when he heard us screaming and pulled the monkey off me.....Fish Hawk
.......until somebody goes and starts cookin' stuff in a teflon pan over artificial wood.....
Son, I ain't sayin' what's right or wrong, I'm just sayin' how it is.....Black Oak Arkansas
My uncle came running when he heard us screaming and pulled the monkey off me.....Fish Hawk
I'm from NC, BBQ sandwiches come equipped with pulled pork, coke slaw, and vinegar sauce.

Blew my buddies from GA's minds.
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