For many, the difference between good and great
barbecue all depends on the sauce or rub. And if you want to make your ‘cue great, consider flavoring it with Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley’s
own line of barbecue sauces and rub
Created over two years ago by executive chef Ron Salerno and his culinary team, his motivation was to provide their guests with some really good barbecue products and a true barbecue experience.
“Here in the Carolinas, there are a lot of barbecue variations and some intense barbecue enthusiasts. For us to achieve the highest product quality I wanted to serve, we needed the right ingredients, which is why I started making my own sauces and spice blends.”
He admits it took a little while to develop the flavor profile. However, once he had it, the team decided to bottle it and make it a signature product of the hotel.
All in all, the entire process took around a year before they had their first batch produced.
Today, the culinary team offers three products that Salerno believes stand out from the rest due to their uniqueness and high-quality ingredients.
“They are different in flavor, consistency and quality than many other items that I’ve tried.”
The Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce
, the most popular of the three and his favorite, is the
closest to a traditional barbecue sauce.
He describes it as being “thinner in consistency, so it’s not so heavy on the foods. It’s also dark, rich and full of flavorful spices.”
The Carolina BBQ Sauce
is a vinegar-based sauce with crushed red peppers and a touch of dijon mustard.
“This sauce is used to give our Eastern Carolina Pulled Pork its added flavor.”
Their BBQ Spice
is made from a blend of 11 spices that includes a hint of sweetness from the brown sugar as well as a kick of heat from the ground chipotle pepper. Salerno says it’s really easy to use, and works with chicken, pork and steak.
These products are available as condiments at the Crabtree Grill
, and are used in some of the hotel’s menu items.
You can purchase them at the hotel’s gift shop: $7 per bottle barbecue sauce, $5 per rib rub, and $17 for any combination of three. Salerno says the products can be shipped by request. Call the hotel directly at 919-781-7100 to find out more.
Whether you buy some for yourself, receive some or gift some to your favorite ‘cue aficionado, be sure to try out Salerno’s Carolina Pulled Pork recipe.
Carolina Pulled Pork
- 8 pound Raw Pork Shoulder
- 2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
- 1 cup BBQ Spice Rub
- 1 cup Carolina Style BBQ sauce
In a large bowl, coat pork shoulder roast on all sides with oil and the BBQ spice rub. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about eight hours, or overnight.
Prepare your grill for indirect low heat cooking. A charcoal or wood grill will provide the best flavor, but it is much more difficult to keep the heat consistent. If you are new to BBQ, he recommends you use a gas grill with a smoke box and hickory wood chips.
Place pork shoulder on the grate over a drip pan. Cover grill and cook “low and slow” until pork is very tender and will start to shred when pulled on. This will take about six hours on a 250 degree grill, but check hourly adding more soaked hickory chips as necessary to maintain smoke.
Remove pork from heat and allow the meat to rest approximately 20 minutes then pull the meat apart and chop roughly if needed.
Mix the pulled pork and Carolina Style BBQ Sauce in a large pan.
Serve and enjoy!
photos courtesy of Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley