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How does one cook skin to mix in with pulled / chopped pork Sam Jones style?

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    How does one cook skin to mix in with pulled / chopped pork Sam Jones style?

    Having lived in NC my whole life, I grew up on Western style chopped pork. While there's nothing wrong with it, I made a visit to Sam Jones BBQ a couple weeks ago, and my mind was blown. The incredible oak flavor he gets is amazing, but what caught my attention the most was the bits of skin chopped in. I need to do that.

    I'm not about to cook a whole hog like this guy, but I would absolutely love to mix in some crispy skin next time I pull a butt off the smoker. Has anyone done just skin? I have Sam's book, and he details his process, but I figure it's probably different if one is not cooking skin ATTACHED to a hog.

    Any advice is appreciated.
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    I’m originally from Eastern NC, and I know what you mean about the difference between whole hog and just shoulder pork. I have taken a skin on pork belly and smoked it along side the butt, chopped the belly and added it to the shoulder meat. Close but still not entirely there since it isn’t a mixture of all the various cuts of hog.


      I'm wonderin' if adding chopped pork rinds might work??


        Originally posted by Donw View Post
        Close but still not entirely there since it isn’t a mixture of all the various cuts of hog.
        Great point.I guess it'll be impossible to really replicate without cooking a whole hog. I am in no way ready for that.


          You've hit on what's always been my main complaint with places that cook shoulders (or any individual cuts) is that I grew up with whole hog (usually in someone's backyard) and having all of the different sections of meat mixed together just gives a whole other level to the taste. In fact when I was a kid I very often didn't use any sauce at all. For reference I was in central NC, but my area was all "Eastern" style until recently.


            The picnic cut usually has skin on it. I would imagine you could cook it with skin on after scoring or cut off, cook then chop.

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            Last edited by HawkerXP; May 6, 2021, 11:51 AM.



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