This is my take on the pulled mutton served at the Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn. It’s not their recipe but the final outcome is pretty close to their great mutton buffet offerings.
1 (5-pound) lamb or mutton shoulder roast
For the rub:
2 tablespoons coarse kosher salt
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons granulated garlic
1 tablespoon crushed rosemary
For the basting sauce:
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
1 cup beer
1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce
2 tablespoons rub mixture
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
Combine the rub ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the basting sauce ingredients and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Use this to mop the roast every hour during cooking and as a dipping sauce at the table.
Prepare a smoker or grill for indirect 225 degrees F. cooking using hickory and cherry wood.
Generously season the roast with the rub and place the roast, fat side up, on the cooking grate. Cover and cook for one hour. Baste with the warm mop and continue cooking, basting every hour and replenishing the coals as needed, for another 8 to 9 hours or until the roast has an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. Remove the roast from the grill and allow it to cool until it can be shredded.
Serve with remaining dipping sauce. Accompany the lamb with potato salad, baked beans and cornbread.