Spice Up Your Summer with Soul-Food-Barbecue

Soul-Food-Barbecue is enjoyed all year but is especially favorable during the summer. Summer is the perfect time to test your barbecue-recipe and a perfect way to get together with family and friends and enjoy a backyard barbecue.

If carefully planned, a backyard barbecue party will be the highlight of your summer and if done right, your guests will remember for years to come.

The key element in planning a soul-food-barbecue is the barbecue itself. Good barbecue is prepared the old-fashioned way–on a charcoal grill. Some have mastered the trade while others simply can‘t quite get it right. It takes years to really get it right unless you have an expert by your side guiding you step by step.

Today, many people hire a professional chef to do all the work–from preparing the barbecue-recipe to setting up their guest tables. You could hire a professional chef–for a hefty fee, or ask friends to help out–if they know their way around a grill.

A really good barbecue chef is hard to find and when you find one, he usually just cook at five-star hotels or upscale restaurants where most chefs are employed. AND, if you found one, you may wonder —Is he really a barbecue expert with experience on an old-fashioned barbecue grill? Or does he simply use a barbecue-recipe and prepare barbecue from the kitchen oven?

Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a professional barbecue chef with his soul-food-barbecue recipe give you step-by-step instructions on how to cook barbecue on an old-fashioned barbecue grill–that your guests will RAVE about— At no cost to you?


Wouldn’t it be a cool experience to learn from the best –with over 30 years of experience mastering old-fashioned grilled barbecue–in only a few short steps? ALL in the privacy of your own backyard?

Well, today, you’re in luck.

Today our guest and soul-food-barbecue expert, Earl will give us nine simple step-by-step instructions on how to cook barbecue on a old-fashioned barbecue grill with a simple barbecue-recipe and technique for pulled pork sandwiches.

Earl is most known for his award-winning barbecue pork sandwiches and have served thousands to event goers during festivals, music concerts, and sporting events. He owned a award-winning barbecue catering service and received rave reviews for his hickory smoked barbecue.

Earl has given countless demonstrations on preparing great barbecue pork at State Fairs, World trade shows, and on television segments. We can all learn how to barbecue the right way from Earl’s many years of experience.

Let’s welcome him!

9 Easy Steps to Soul-Food-Barbecue
By Earl Harrell

Hello, my Name is Earl and today I will give you a few simple steps to help you barbecue a pork shoulder and make great pulled pork sandwiches.

Equipment and Supplies Needed
1. 1 (one) Pork shoulder
2. A charcoal grill with at least 19 inches from end to end of cooking space on one level
3. 12 pounds of charcoal
4. Charcoal lighter fluid
5. Stirring object for charcoal
6. Aluminum foil

How to Purchase Pork Shoulder
Select a pork shoulder between 7 to 8 pounds. This is the average size and will accomondate up to 15-20 guests. Choose a pork shoulder with less fat. You don’t want a piece of meat that has too much fat on it.

The texture of the meat should be firm with a grayish pink color. And, always make sure the meat is fresh and the expiration date has not expired.

Some people use seasoning or a rub before putting the meat on the grill. However you prefer, add your seasoning, or make your own (optional).

I use a charcoal barbecue grill and charcoal briquettes as my source of energy.

So, if you’re ready, let’s get started!

1. Pour in a pile 6 pounds of charcoal at each end of the grill. (You need a total of 12 pounds of charcoal).

2. Add enough charcoal starter to cover the top portion of each pile. Let set for 45 seconds; then light charcoal.

3. Allow the charcoal to burn by turning white – about 15 to 20 minutes.

4. Wrap the meat loosely in aluminum foil. Wrapping the meat will help it get done faster and prevent it from burning.

5. Center the meat on the rack of the grill. Close grill cover. When you center the meat, it will allow the meat to cook evenly. Do not put the shoulder directly over the pile of charcoal. The drippings will cause the flame to flare up and burn the meat.

6. Start checking meat after it has cooked for about 5 hours.

7. Stir the piles of charcoal with a metal object.

IMPORTANT: After stirring, make sure the piles remain at each end of the grill and not in the center. This process will help the meat get done faster.

8. Continue cooking and check every hour after the fifth hour until fork tender.

9. When meat is completely done, remove from grill then chop into bit size pieces for sandwiches. Add your favorite barbecue sauce. Serve on buns.

Cooking Time: 8 to 10 hours or until fork tender
Grill Temperature: 230 degrees when grill is closed
Yield: 15-20 Sandwiches.

Follow these easy steps and you’ll be on the road to making great pulled pork.


Thank you Earl for those 9 Easy Steps to Soul-Food-Barbecue.

A soul-food-barbecue menu is not complete without barbecue pulled pork. There’s just something about old-fashioned barbecue and soul food that go hand in hand. However, there are delicious alternatives to using pork. See below:

Alternative #1: If you prefer not to use pork for your soul-food-barbecue , make barbecue turkey legs or chicken. They’re just as good and your guests will enjoy them.


Alternative #2: Add barbecue turkey or chicken to your menu with the barbecue pork. Some guests will prefer the pork to turkey and chicken and vice versa.

Hamburger buns
4 cups chopped pork shoulder
Barbecue Sauce, (see recipe below)

Serving Suggestion #1: Mix pork shoulder and about 1/3 to ½ cup of barbecue sauce together. Fill the bottom half of hamburger buns with meat. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of coleslaw. TIP: If more sauce is preferred, add to taste. Serve.

Serving Suggestion #2: Fill the bottom half of hamburger buns with meat. Spoon small amounts of barbecue sauce over meat. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of coleslaw over barbecue sauce. Serve. This recipe can also be served without barbecue sauce.

1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup vinegar
6 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon butter
½ cup ketchup
½ small onion, chopped fine
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1 ½ teaspoons salt
½ cup water

Mix all ingredients together in large sauce pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with pulled pork.

The pulled pork recipe can be served without barbecue sauce. Because the meat is cooked 100% on the grill, the meat is wonderful all by itself.

1 cup light mayonnaise
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
6 cups shredded cabbage
1 cup shredded carrots
3/4 cup onion, chopped

Combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, sugar, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and chill. Yield: 6 cups.

8 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 small onion, chopped
1/3 cup green pepper, chopped
2 (16 ounce) pork and beans, drained
1/3 cup brown sugar
½ cup chili sauce or ketchup

Fry bacon until crisp, remove and drain on paper towel. Saute onions and green peppers in bacon grease until translucent. Add beans, brown sugar, chili sauce, and bacon. Stir. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until hot. Yield: 8 servings.

Plan a soul-food-barbecue this summer with family and friends. And don’t forget to try Earl’s 9 Easy Steps to Soul-Food-Barbecue. It’s the most wonderful barbecue-recipe I’ve ever had. And I know you’ll love it. Have a safe and enjoyable summer!

Cassandra Harrell is a Soul Food Advisor and recently owned a soul food restaurant and catering service. She has coached one-on-one sessions on preparing great soul food cuisine.

Category: BBQ