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landarc 01-07-2014 10:00 PM

Pulled Pork Sandwich, SC-style. Thanks again PatAttack
I was recently the recipient of a very generous package, which included several sauces and the rub from Melvin's, a company in South Carolina. A fellow BBQ Brethren, who goes by PatAttack very generously sent me these from his home state. I have never had South Carolina style mustard sauces, and the style of BBQ plays a secondary role to the more famous North Carolina styles. Thus, this package was a great chance for me to try a new flavor of BBQ.

Melvin's Sauces and Rub

I chanced upon a 3.8 pound pork shoulder butt, from MarinSun Farms, a local pasture grown meat company, this is likely a breed of heritage hog, that has spent it entire life on pasture in Marin County. I was thrilled to find that a local store now carries it. I gave it a quick rinse and trim, then tied it, as it had been boned. I applied a liberal coating of Melvin's rub and let it sit while getting the Kettle to 225F, which it locked in to like it was an oven.

Fresh and Shiny

Tied and Rubbed

On the grate

As you can see, the kettle was setup for indirect cooking, the foil provides just a little protection from direct heat. I let the butt run at 225F for 2 hours. Oh, the little cast iron skillet was a Christmas gift, not quite sure what I am going to do with it, but, it is seasoned and what I wanted. After two hours, the meat looked like this.

Ready for butcher paper

Because I was not familiar with the rub, and how it would perform, and I was working, so lost track of time before starting the cook, I decided wrapping and bumping the heat to 300F was the combination to get to dinner at the right time. A few hours later, the meat felt soft and pliable to the touch, so I pulled and rested it for around 45 minutes. It was wrapped in foil and just sitting on the counter. I had throw together a quick soft bun recipe and it was also just cooling on the stove.

Nicely Barked and Aromatic

Nothing smell better to a BBQ cook than the aroma of pork butt, just ready for pulling. This meat was just tender enough, when I removed the string, and pushed on the top, it simply relaxed into 4 large chunks of meat, a few quick chops with a scraper and it was ready.

Pulled and Coarsely chopped

My preference for sandwiches is to smash the meat and then give it a coarse chop. This was perfectly cooked for that method. The meat was dusted with a little more of Melvin's rub, tossed and placed on the sliced bun.

Little bit of Melvin's Golden Secret

I wish I had gotten some cole slaw together, this sandwich sang without it, but, some cole slaw would have been perfect. I also ended up dipping the sandwich in the sauce that had spilled onto the plate. That is some great sauce, a real nice mustard twang, complements the pork perfectly. No doubt, the rub and sauce are meant to work as a team.

Great Texture

Perfect texture of bread, meat and sauce

This sandwich did not disappoint, and I don't care what you might think about sauce and BBQ, this was very, very, good food. The bread, meat, rub and sauce worked perfectly together. I probably could have shoveled three of these things down. Such a great and generous gesture from PatAttack, and now I can say I have tried a real South Carolina mustard sauce.

okiej 01-07-2014 10:06 PM

Man that looks good!

tish 01-07-2014 10:11 PM

Great looking cook, Bob. I love the mustard sauce. My favorite is mixing SBR and mustard sauce together on a PP sammie. Heaven! And good on you, Pat, for being such a classy guy. :hug:

Ag76 01-07-2014 10:16 PM

Which one of the Melvin's Sauces is the best?

landarc 01-07-2014 10:16 PM


Originally Posted by okiej (Post 2757553)
Man that looks good!



Originally Posted by tish (Post 2757560)
Great looking cook, Bob. I love the mustard sauce. My favorite is mixing SBR and mustard sauce together on a PP sammie. Heaven! And good on you, Pat, for being such a classy guy. :hug:

Tish, this stuff is really good, not at all like what I have had before. Better than my GCS mustard sauce, which I just make to hack off SirPorkaLot

landarc 01-07-2014 10:17 PM


Originally Posted by Ag76 (Post 2757567)
Which one of the Melvin's Sauces is the best?

I just tried The Golden Secret. Later this week, will try the red sauce on beef.

martyleach 01-07-2014 10:25 PM

Looks great Bob. I have made my own from various recipes as I like a mustard base sauce. Next time we go visit the relatives North of Charlotte I will pick some up.

Tonybel 01-07-2014 10:26 PM

Great pics and looks delicious.

Smoothsmoke 01-07-2014 10:31 PM

Looks great as always man. I need to get my hands on that sauce, love mustard.

ShencoSmoke 01-07-2014 10:31 PM

Nicely done! I dabble in mustard sauces, they are a good change of pace.

Phubar 01-08-2014 02:02 AM

Looking good!

buccaneer 01-08-2014 02:03 AM

The filling, cook, and especially the bun, I miss nothing and you, brother Bob, have honored Pat with a fantastic effort in making something deserving.
I was envious and wanted the SC taste but now I know I am unworthy.
Pat chose well.
Praise to both of you!

But send me the leftovers Bob!

sliding_billy 01-08-2014 02:24 AM

Great looking butt.

buccaneer 01-08-2014 02:40 AM

^^^ I think landarc will appreciate that...

Diesel Dave 01-08-2014 05:23 AM

Dang that is one fine looking and I know great tasting sammich!!!!

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