If you are looking for the perfect recipe to feed a crowd, make Smoked Pulled Pork Recipe. Pork Shoulder Butt is covered in homemade spices blend and then smoked fork tender.

Shredded Pork on a white platter
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You will love the simple steps to create a delicious pulled pork recipe in your smoker. Smoked pork shoulder shreds easily and perfect to smoke on the weekends and enjoy all week long.

Smoker Recipes makes our favorite meats, vegetables and dips with the best flavors. If you are new to using your smoker, check out these Smoker Recipes for Beginners.

Why We Love This Recipe

This pulled pork recipe makes the perfect meal to feed a crowd. I love the amazing smoky flavors and how tender the meat cooks. Prep time is minimal and the smoker does all the work.

Pulled pork sandwiches makes the best meal. Smoking the meat on low will have you making this cut of meat for all your summertime gatherings.

Ingredients

Ingredients - Pork Shoulder Butter, kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, yellow mustard, apple cider vinegar

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How to Make Smoked Pulled Pork

  • Step 1 – Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.  
Blending spices in a bowl

Step 2 – In a bowl, stir together the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, brown sugar and cayenne pepper.

Yellow mustard spread over the pork shoulder on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper

Step 3 – Trim the pork by removing a portion of the excess fat but leave approximately ¼ inch of fat on the fat cap side of the pork shoulder.  Pat the pork shoulder dry with paper towels. Rub the mustard on all sides of the pork. 

Seasoned pork shoulder on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper

Step 4 – Then evenly sprinkle the rub mixture onto the pork and press the rub into the mustard on the pork shoulder. 

Smoked pork shoulder on a platter

Step 5 – Close the smoker and smoke the pork for 2 hours without opening the smoker. Remove the pork from the smoker.  Let it rest, wrapped in the foil, for 1-2 hours. Unwrap the pork, shred the pork and then it’s ready to serve and enjoy! 

Expert Tips

  • Prepare Pork – Before adding the seasoning, we recommend trimming the fat cap but leaving some of the fat on the pork. This gives it the best flavor.
  • Keep Smoker Closed – When smoking meat, it is very important to not check on the meat during the first 2 hours.
  • Meat ThermometerMake sure to have a meat thermometer handy to check the internal temperature. The meat should reach 160 degrees when the pork is fully cooked.
  • Rest Pork – For the best results, make sure to allow the meat to rest in foil for at least 60 minutes.
  • Spray Pork – With a spritzer bottle you will spray the pork with apple juice or apple cider vinegar. This helps to keep the pork moist while it continue to smoke. 

How Long Does it Take to Smoke Pulled Pork

Cooking time will vary, but it will usually take about 2 hours per pound of pork that you are smoking. Make sure to have your meat thermometer handy to ensure your pork is full cooked.

Shredded pulled pork

Serving Suggestions

Pulled pork makes a delicious sandwich topped with your favorite BBQ Sauce. But I love to also serve with a side of baked beans and Smoked Mac and Cheese.

This pulled pork would even be delicious topped with Smoked Baked Potatoes.

Leftover Pulled Pork Ideas

This pulled pork is even better the next day. We love to use the leftovers for these delicious recipes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Best Wood Chips to Use?

We recommend using hickory and apple wood to smoke the pork. But other options that would be delicious is oak, pecan or cherry are also a get addition.

What is the Best Cut of Meat to Smoke for Pulled Pork?

The best meat to smoke for this delicious recipe is the pork shoulder. But you can also try Boston butt or pork roast.

How to Store Leftover Pulled Pork

Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. You can also freeze in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months.

Pulled pork sandwich topped with coleslaw

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Smoked Pulled Pork Recipe

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If you are looking for the perfect recipe to feed a crowd, make Smoked Pulled Pork Recipe. Pork Shoulder Butt is covered in homemade spices blend and then smoked fork tender.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Let Rest 1 hour
Total Time 13 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 876

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a bowl, stir together the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, brown sugar and cayenne pepper.
  • Trim the pork by removing a portion of the excess fat but leave approximately ¼ inch of fat on the fat cap side of the pork shoulder.  Pat the pork shoulder dry with paper towels.
  • Rub the mustard on all sides of the pork.
  • Then evenly sprinkle the rub mixture onto the pork and press the rub into the mustard on the pork shoulder.
  • Place the pork in the center of the smoker on the grates.
  • Place the apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle.
  • Close the smoker and smoke the pork for 2 hours without opening the smoker.  Then begin spraying the pork shoulder with the apple cider vinegar light every hour after the 2 hour mark.
  • Smoke and spritz the pork until it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The cook time will vary based on your size of your pork and how well your smoker can maintain the temperature in the smoker. Plan on it taking approximately 1 1/2-2 hours per pound of pork.
  • Then wrap the pork completely with foil.  Place back into the smoker and smoke until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 200-205 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove the pork from the smoker.  Let it rest, wrapped in the foil, for 1-2 hours.
  • Unwrap the pork, shred the pork and then it’s ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 876kcal, Carbohydrates 11g, Protein 109g, Fat 40g, Saturated Fat 14g, Polyunsaturated Fat 4g, Monounsaturated Fat 18g, Cholesterol 371mg, Sodium 3999mg, Potassium 2022mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 7g, Vitamin A 636IU, Vitamin C 9mg, Calcium 104mg, Iron 7mg

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  1. Kasey Harris says:

    5 stars
    The pulled pork recipe was perfect for my family reunion we had this past weekend. Everyone loved it!