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Cottage Feast


Classic-style or with a flavourful twist, pulled pork cooks on the grill while you’re busy, and is ready when you are

Pulled pork with herby Italian wet rub
Pulled pork tacos with Cubo-Rican marinade


Pulled pork sandwich

One pig, three tricks

Once a somewhat exotic dish in cottage land, smoky and delicious pulled pork is now a staple for lake people, able to feed a crowd and win rave reviews. Cooking a piece of pork shoulder, otherwise known as a blade or picnic roast, to fork-tender shredability takes a lot of time (60–90 minutes per pound or about 8 hours for a 6–8 lb roast), but it is also so simple I can describe it in 37 words: On a smoker or a gas or charcoal grill set up for indirect cooking, roast pork at 225°F–250°F until it reaches an internal temperature of 190°F–195°F. Rest for an hour, then pull, shred, and chop.

But has our prized pig, anointed with the same old paprikabased rub, heavily smoked, and slathered with barbecue sauce, become a one-trick pony? That would be a shame, so here are a couple of different ways to spin your next pulled pork party. The Go-To Cottage Rub plays it pretty straight, but the Cuban and Italian treatments are a break from tradition. Try cooking the meat low and slow, but without adding smoke with wood chips or chunks.—David Zimmer

Go-To Cottage Rub

¼ cup paprika

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp salt

1½ tbsp black pepper

1 tbsp chili powder (ancho, if possible —see Tip)

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1½ tsp garlic powder

1½ tsp ground cumin

Thoroughly mix all ingredients, reserving 3 tbsp. Pierce roast, then rub spice mixture all over, wrap tightly in plastic film, and refrigerate overnight. After cooking, shred meat, and sprinkle with reserved rub.

Serve on a squishy bun with barbecue sauce and coleslaw.


Mild and deeply flavourful, ancho (a single-source chili powder, like chipotle) is like bass guitar for your pork rub.

Herby Italian Wet Rub

¼ cup canola oil

¼ cup dry white wine

¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped

3 tbsp fresh thyme

5 cloves garlic, chopped

2 tsp fennel seeds, crushed

½ tsp dry sage

½ tsp red pepper flakes

Grated zest of one lemon

1 tbsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

Cubo-Rican Marinade

½ cup canola oil

½ cup orange juice

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