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Smoked Pork Butt Burnt Ends with Grilled Wedge Salad

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cook Time

6 Hours

Effort

Pellets

Cherry

This side dish just became your main dish. Sweet and salty pork butt, bacon, and cherry tomatoes atop grilled iceberg lettuce, all drizzled with cool and creamy blue cheese dressing, make for a salad that'll hardly feel like one.

Ingredients

How many people are you serving?

8

Units of Measurement:

main

  • 8 Pound Pork Butt

  • Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub

  • 1 Cup Traeger 'Que BBQ Sauce

  • 1/2 Cup Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub

  • 2/3 Cup blue cheese crumbles, for serving

  • 1 Cup whole milk

  • 1/2 Cup sour cream

  • 2 Dash Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 Cup mayonnaise

  • Jacobsen Salt or kosher salt

  • black pepper

  • olive oil or vegetable oil

  • salt and pepper

  • 12 Romaine Hearts (bag), sliced in half

  • olive oil

  • 12 Slices cooked bacon, crumbled

  • 1 As Needed Carton of Tri-Color Cherry Tomatoes

Steps

  • 1

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 225°F and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke, if available.
  • 2

    .Season the pork butt generously with Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub.

    Grill250 ˚F

    Ingredients

    • 8 Pound Pork Butt

    • As Needed Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub

  • 3

    Insert the probe into the center of the pork, avoiding the bone and any large pockets of fat, if applicable. Place the pork butt directly on the grill grates. Close the lid and cook until the internal temperature reaches 160˚F, 6-8 hours.

    Grill250 ˚F

    Probe170 ˚F

  • 4

    Remove the pork butt from the grill and place it on a large cutting board. Increase the temperature of the Traeger to 300˚F.
  • 5

    Remove the bone from the pork butt and cut the pork into 1-inch cubes. Place the cubed pork in a foil pan, add 1 cup of Traeger 'Que BBQ Sauce and a half cup of the Pork & Poultry Rub. Toss to coat.

    Grill300 ˚F

    Ingredients

    • 1 Cup Traeger 'Que BBQ Sauce

    • 1/2 Cup Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub

  • 6

    Place the pan directly on the grill grates and close the lid. Cook for 1 hour, or until desired burnt color is reached.
  • 7

    Make the blue cheese dressing. In a bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, milk, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, blue cheese, salt, and pepper. Cover and place in the refrigerator to chill.

    Ingredients

    • 2/3 Cup blue cheese crumbles, for serving

    • 1 Cup whole milk

    • 1/2 Cup sour cream

    • 2 Dash Worcestershire sauce

    • 1 Cup mayonnaise

    • As Needed Jacobsen Salt or kosher salt

    • As Needed black pepper

  • 8

    Remove the burnt ends off grill, set aside. Increase the Traeger temperature to 450˚F. For optimal results, set to 500˚F if available.
  • 9

    Brush the halved romaine hearts with olive oil, and season with salt, and pepper.

    Ingredients

    • As Needed olive oil or vegetable oil

    • As Needed salt and pepper

    • 6 Romaine Hearts (bag), sliced in half

  • 10

    Place the romaine cut-side-down directly on the grill grates. Close the lid, and and sear just until the romaine has grill marks.

    Ingredients

    • 6 Romaine Hearts (bag), sliced in half

  • 11

    Remove the lettuce and transfer to a serving platter, with the grilled side facing up. Drizzle grilled wedges with dressing and top with tomatoes, bacon crumbles, and burnt ends. Enjoy!

    Ingredients

    • As Needed olive oil

    • As Needed salt and pepper

    • 12 Slices cooked bacon, crumbled

    • 1 As Needed Carton of Tri-Color Cherry Tomatoes

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