Food & Wine Pairing: Pulled Pork and Pinot Noir

April 9, 2015

The perfect food wine and pairing is a beautiful thing, but selecting the right style of wine to go with your meal can be a daunting task. When in doubt, go with a versatile wine that pairs with a variety of foods, such as Pinot Noir. We asked our friends at Meiomi Wines to pair their Pinot Noir with some of their favorite Napa Valley dishes. Meiomi Wine's Pinot Noir is a luscious medium-bodied wine with beautiful notes of dark fruits and hints of tobacco and cedar. This tasty Pulled Pork Rub recipe with it's sweet and spicy ingredients is sure to become part of your barbecue repertoire this summer season, especially with a glass of Pinot Noir!

Bounty Hunter’s Pulled Pork Rub
From Bounty Hunter Restaurant, Napa, CA
Makes approximately 1 quart of rub

1 cup Kosher Salt
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Black Pepper
1/4 cup Garlic Powder
1/4 cup Chili Powder
2 tablespoons Onion Powder
2 tablespoons Dry Mustard
2 tablespoons Toasted Ground Cumin
2 tablespoons Cayenne
2 tablespoons Five Spice Powder
Blend all ingredients together in a food processor.

Place in an air-tight container and store in a cool dry place for up to one month.

Rub a whole pork butt with the above mentioned rub, let stand for 10-20 minutes, then place on your smoker at a temperature of 220°F for 3 hours, turning over every hour in order to get a consistent smoke on all sides. After 3 hours wrap the pork butt completely in aluminum foil and place back on the smoker for another 3 hours of cooking. Pork butt is finished when you can pull it apart with no resistance.

Pull apart and serve or cool immediately.

More about Meiomi Wines:

Meiomi’s high-style Pinot Noir is the leading luxury and top-selling wine in the United States and a favorite in restaurants, and at just $21.99 a bottle it makes it an economical choice to serve any night of the week. They recently received the prestigious 2014 Market Watch Leaders Choice Award for “Wine Brand of the Year” and ranked in the top 10 in’s annual list of the top 100 best-selling wines of 2014. Also be sure to check out their Burgundian-style Chardonnay. Look for Meiomi at a store near you.


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