Fire up those smokers & get ready to learn how to cook a perfect smoked pulled pork shoulder recipe that has perfect bark and BBQ rub.
Prep Time: 1hour
Cook Time: 12hours
Resting time: 45minutes
For the Rub:
For the Spritzer and Sauce:
1/2cupapple cider vinegar
For the Pork:
6-9poundpork shoulder or pork butt, fat trimmed
4tablespoonsof yellow or Dijon mustard
Preheat the smoker to 250°. Place a drip pan filled with water under the grill grates.
Rub: Combine all of the ingredients and set them aside.
Spritzer: Add the apple juice, cider, and water to a spray bottle and shake. Set aside.
Rub the mustard on every side of the pork shoulder, creating a thin layer.
Next, generously season the pork shoulder on all sides with the rub.
Add the pork shoulder to the smoker over the drip pan filled with water and smoke for 3 hours.
Next, spray the pork shoulder with 15-20 sprays of the spritzer. Repeat this process for the next 3 hours every hour with the same amount of spritzes.
Once the pork reaches an internal temperature of between 165° and 170° or the top part of the fat on the bark has split, about 6-7 hours, remove the pork from the smoker.
Place the pork shoulder on a large sheet of double foil, generously spritz it, and wrap it extremely tight by folding over and covering up the pork shoulder.
Place the pork shoulder back on the smoker, bone side up, and cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 200° to 205°, about 2-4 hours.
Remove the pork shoulder from the smoker and rest in the foil for 30-60 minutes before removing the bone, and large chunks of fat, and pull it using forks, cloves, or tongs.
Serve pork shoulder with BBQ sauce on the side or as a sandwich.
How To Reheat: Add the desired amount to a large pot with a bit of beef or chicken stock, cover with foil and cook at 325° for 30 minutes.Storing and Freezing: Store it in a plastic container and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. It also freezes well in a plastic container and can be reheated at low temperatures in the oven with a small amount of liquid and covered in foil.I am using a pellet smoker for this recipe. However, please feel free to use a regular charcoal grill or even a digital smoker to create this recipe.Both pork shoulder and butt are tougher and require long cooking times to tenderize, such as smoking or braising. In addition, by the looks of it, my cut of meat in this recipe video looks like a cross between the butt and the shoulder.It’s important to look for signs when it's done. Make sure the top of the pork skin has split before wrapping it in foil. Remember to let it rest at room temp for 30-45 minutes before pulling.The vinegar in the spritzer will also help to tenderize the meat since you know fat, acid, and salt heat makes for the best tasting food.Doublewrap it in foil or peach paper because the juices will try to come out of it while smoking.You can also include seasonings such as sugar, brown sugar, chili powder, and oregano into the rub.You can also brine the meat or inject it with vinegar, juices, and seasonings.You use mustard to help the dry rub stick to the pork as well as assist in creating good bark. Also, I used Dijon mustard in this recipe.