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Pulled Pork

Yields1 ServingPrep Time12 hrsCook Time6 hrsTotal Time18 hrs

Pulled Pork - The greatest BBQ food there is. You can make it perfectly every time with a good piece of meat, a smoker, some rub, and a meat thermometer! Pork Shoulders (also called Pork Butts?) are not small, so this is not a family dinner. This is a dinner/bbq with friends. I've made it for 8 people, and I've made for 100. As long as you have room on your smoker, there's not much difference in effort. If you don't have a smoker, there are a zillion great crockpot recipes out there, so don't let that stop you.

 1 Boston Butt (Pork Shoulder) Bone-In (Preferred) or Boneless, 10-14 pounds
 ½ cup BBQ Rub

If using a boneless pork shoulder (aka Boston Butt), tie it up with twine, widthwise and lengthwise.


Seasons with at least 1/2 dry rub. Buy one you like at a store or use my Arkibu rub recipe. Cover every inch of the meat. Use your hands, and feel free to use some plastic gloves to keep everything clean.


Place in a pan and cover, or cover with plastic wrap or foil. I like to let it sit for at least 12 hours.

Smoking that Bad Boy

Prepare your Big Green Egg or other smoker. Stabilize it at 300 degrees of indirect heat.


Soak some apple wood chips or the chips of your choice. Subtle is better here. You only need to add smoke for the first part of the recipe. The smoker will do the rest.


Put the pork on the smoker and close it up. If you have a thermometer that you can keep an eye on the temperature with, insert that now.


Now you wait.

It's going to be 5 to 7 hours, because nothing is exactly predictable. What is predictable is that 195 degrees is perfect, and take it off the egg once it's there.


Take it off the egg, place on a large rimmed cookie sheet, one of those great disposable foil pans (pictured), or other pan, and cover tightly with foil for at least one hour.


You can keep ready to go for about six hours by putting the foil-wrapped pieces in  a high quality cooler, covering them with a towel, and closing the cooler.  I've had it sit in foil in a cooler for 7 hours, and it was still hot and ready to pull when I opened it up.


When you are ready to pull it, take the foil off and pull apart.  I use the bear claw tools that are helpful.  Some people just use forks.  


Don't mix in BBQ sauce. It's too good for that. But serve with BBQ sauce in a bowl or a squeeze bottle for people to use.


If you need to reheat it after refrigerating the pulled pork, put it in an oven at very low heat (200) with a little apple juice, or, my method is to put a little apple juice at the bottom of a large crock pot and heat it up there.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 20 to 30 Servings