Award-winning chef Thomas Boemer knows pork, and he knows barbecue (check out our interview, with great BBQ tips from the chef). His recipe for BBQ Pork Shoulder with Mustard Slaw is a perfect marriage of smoky, flavorful, unctuous pork and tangy, crunchy slaw that both complements and cuts through the rich savor of the meat. The pork shoulder is rubbed with a mixture of sugar and spices (like cayenne, paprika, and celery seed) before it spends a good long time on the grill over indirect heat. Once it’s rested, it’s chopped and mixed with a mustard-based BBQ sauce that has a hefty dose of cider vinegar too, and deftly balances tangy, spicy, and sweet. Finally, the marvelous meat is piled up on potato rolls with the creamy, crunchy mustard slaw (and maybe some pickles on the side), for the perfect backyard barbecue dish to serve a hungry crowd.
Cook the pork shoulder:
Meanwhile, make the mustard BBQ sauce:
Make the slaw:
Assemble the sandwiches: