I like to serve this pulled beef slider-style with sweet Hawaiian rolls and grilled pineapples. (You can also sub pork shoulder for beef.) If you’re going this route, you may need to season your beef again, after you add barbecue sauce. And with the addition of bacon (seriously, why not?), you get some of the salt you need to cut through the sweetness. As for sauce, I haven’t had a chance to perfect my own (yet another ritual in itself), so I experiment with the gazillion bottles of sauce out there to try. I like Stubb’s barbecue sauce, for a more vinegary North Carolina taste. —Furey and the Feast
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper. Lay bacon strips over parchment. Bake pan for 10-15 minutes, or until bacon is crispy. Remove from oven and let cool on pan. Reduce oven heat to 250 degrees and leave oven door open while you dress the beef.
Drizzle olive oil over the bottom of a medium roasting pan. Place meat in roasting pan, and coast with sugar (you want kind of a thin crust). Season generously with salt and pepper and cover with onions. Tent pan with aluminum foil.
Roast meat for 3 to 4-1/2 hours, or until beef is fork tender and can be pulled apart easily. Remove from oven, and set aside to cool slightly. Meanwhile, chop bacon into small-dice bits.
When meat can be handled, shred apart and add barbecue sauce and bacon. Mix until evenly coated and bacon is distributed. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and add more barbecue sauce if you will. Serve hot on toasted buns or Hawaiian rolls.