Sous Vide – Pulled Pork with Carolina-Style Mustard-Vinegar Sauce
I was first introduced to real backyard-smoked pulled pork by my friend Sean Rielly. He was from North Carolina and made the process seem so straightforward, with results that were always incredible. But every time I tried it on my own; the pork was never as good as his, which was discouraging, since I had just spent hours monitoring a smoker. Once I got into sous vide, I started to experiment with pulled pork and this recipe is the one of my favorite ways to make it. It might not be quite as good as Sean’s traditionally smoked pork, but I don’t have to monitor a smoker all day and it always turns out amazing, which is a big win in my book!
Servings Prep Time
4servings 5minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
4servings 5minutes
Cook Time
  • 1/2tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2tsp ground coriander
  • 1/8tsp cayenne pepper powder
  • 1-2lbs pork shoulder
  • 1tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1tbsp liquid smoke
  • 3/4cup prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2cup honey
  • 1/2cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2tbsp ketchup
  • 1tbsp brown sugar
  • 1tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2tsp hot sauce
For the Pork Shoulder
  1. Preheat a water bath to 156°F.
  2. Mix the spices together in a bowl. Salt and pepper the pork shoulder, then sprinkle with the spices. Place it in the bag with the Worcestershire sauce and the liquid smoke. Seal the bag, place it in the water bath, and cook for 18 to 24 hours, until tenderized.
For the Mustard-Vinegar Sauce
  1. Whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl.
To Assemble
  1. Take the sous vide bag out of the water and remove the cooked pork. Dry it off thoroughly, using paper towels or a clean dish cloth. Lightly salt the pork shoulder, then quickly sear it for 1 to 2 minutes per side, just until browned. Remove it from the heat and shred.
  2. Serve on rolls with pickles and cabbage, with a spoonful of the mustard-vinegar sauce on top.
Recipe Notes

he mustard-vinegar sauce is best when it is made at least a day in advance. It will also last in the refrigerator for at least a week. If you are comfortable around a smoker, you can omit the liquid smoke and finish the pork in your smoker.