Champion Pitmaster Chris Lilly of Big Bob Gibson BBQ shares his recipe for beer-basted pulled pork sliders.
Chris Lilly, head chef of the award-winning Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q Competition Cooking Team, shares his secrets so you can achieve competition-level BBQ at home.
He’s won 5 Memphis in May Grand Championships, 8 barbecue grand championships and 6 world championships.
Use Chris Lilly’s two-zone barbecue surface technique to cook the pork butt, as shown in How to Grill Like a Pitmaster: BBQ Tips from Chris Lilly.
Here’s a quick overview to Chris Lilly’s BBQ grilling technique for pork sliders and tips to help you duplicate his success at home:
Beer-Basted Pulled Pork Sliders
- 12 oz dark beer
- 1 c butter
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1¼ c cider vinegar
- 1¼ c distilled white vinegar
- 1½ Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp salt
- 2 tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp dry mustard
- 2 tsp paprika
- 3 Tbsp chili powder
- ¼ c soy sauce
- ½ c Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tbsp dark brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp paprika
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 3½ Tbsp garlic salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- ¼ tsp ground cumin
- ¼ tsp oregano
- ¾ tsp chili powder
- 4 tsp kosher salt
- Build a charcoal fire for indirect cooking by situating the coals on only one side of the grill, leaving the other side void. Add a small aluminum pan to the void side of the grill and fill it halfway with water. (If your charcoal grill is too small to cook a pork butt using the two-zone method, use the Snake Method as shown in this video.)
- In a small bowl, combine the dry rub ingredients. Coat the pork evenly with dry rub, patting gently until the mixture adheres to the meat.
- When the grill reaches 250°F, place pork butt on the void side of the grill over the water pan, close the lid, and cook over indirect heat for four hours.
- While the pork is cooking, combine all of the baste ingredients in a medium saucepan and mix well. Place over medium-low heat and simmer until the butter melts. Keep baste on low heat until ready to use.
- Cook pork an additional three hours basting the pork every hour until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 190°F. Continually monitor the grill temperature and add hot charcoal as needed, to maintain the grill temperature of 250°F.
- Remove the pork butt from the charcoal grill and let it rest for 15 minutes. Pull the cooked meat from the bone and serve mounded high on slider buns topped with your favorite barbecue sauce.
Recipe by Chris Lilly courtesy of Kingsford Charcoal via Family Features
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