Smoked Pulled Pork Recipe

Smoked Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork… who doesn’t love it? It’s great on sandwiches, nachos, tacos, and on its own. This recipe for Smoked Pulled Pork brings the delicious smoke flavor throughout the meat, and it’ll taste just like it came from your local BBQ joint.

We can guarantee that any leftover pulled pork won’t be left over for long. To achieve a flavourful bark of pork shoulder, cook it low and slow on your pellet grill.

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Smoked Pulled Pork

Smoked Pulled Pork is the best thing to serve as a main course. Plus, it’s versatile enough to be served in many different dishes. Below is everything you’ll need to know about the perfect recipe on your pellet grill, offset, or charcoal smoker. Share with friends and family; they’ll think you are a professional meat smoker!

How To Make Smoked Pulled Pork

Step 1 – Preheat Your Smoker

When cooking this smoked pulled pork recipe, whether pork shoulder or pork butt, it is essential to get the temperature correct. Use a pellet grill or grill grates to cook your smoked pulled pork, with an internal temperature of around 225ºF. Ensure your electric smoker is at the right temperature before cooking.

Step 2 – Prepare & Season

Season your smoked pulled pork meat before you begin cooking. Use 2 tablespoons of yellow mustard (such as dijon mustard) and 1 Not Just Pork Rub batch. Alternatively, you can try a homemade spice rub, using ingredients such as garlic powder, chili powder, and other spices to cook your pork meat.

Step 3 – Smoking Your Pulled Pork

When selecting wood for burning to smoke pork, it is suggested to use applewood, or in this case, hickory wood, for the best flavourful bark. When completely marinated with dry rub, your pulled pork meat should be in your electric smoker or pellet smoker for around 16 to 20 hours, cooked low and slow for the best-pulled pork meat. Make sure that the pork shoulder reaches an internal temp of 195ºF.

Step 4 – Add Your Favourite Sauce

When your smoked pulled pork has completed the smoking process, add your favorite bbq sauce to complete the process for the best-pulled pork flavour, kanas city bbq sauce is of them. Liberally coat the barbecue sauce onto the meat for great pulled pork.

Step 5 – Adjust The Temperature & Finish Smoking

After a few hours, your pork shoulder roast should have finished smoking. Wrap the pork shoulder in foil tightly, double wrap if need be, and place pork in a cooler to let it rest for 1-2 hours. To serve pulled pork, place it in a large pot pulled apart with forks, or serve on a toasted bun with barbecue sauce. And that is how you cook the perfect smoked pulled pork recipe.

Tips For Making The Best Smoked Pulled Pork

  • Check The Right Temperature. When checking a pork shoulder’s internal temperature, ensure your thermometer is right in the middle. Otherwise, you aren’t reading the actual temperature, and you risk pulling the meat too early. Make sure that the pork shoulder reaches an internal temperature of 195ºF.

Best Beer To Pair With Smoked Pulled Pork

This tender, smoky dish deserves the perfect beer companion to elevate your barbecue experience. Let’s explore the top beer pairings that will make your pulled pork a flavor-filled adventure.

American Amber Ale

American Amber Ale, with its balanced malt sweetness and hints of caramel, is like a campfire sing-along for your Smoked Pulled Pork. The beer’s maltiness complements the smoky richness of the pork, creating a harmonious and enjoyable pairing. The subtle hop bitterness adds an extra layer of excitement to each bite, making your pulled pork taste like a delightful flavor celebration. This pairing is as comforting as a night by the fire with friends.

IPA (India Pale Ale)

IPA, the hoppy explorer of the beer world, is ready to add a zesty twist to your pulled pork adventure. Its bold hoppy flavors and citrusy notes cut through the smokiness, creating an exciting contrast that will have your taste buds dancing with joy. This pairing is like a flavor adventure, where each bite of pulled pork is met with a burst of hoppy excitement. The IPA’s refreshing bitterness and fruity zing elevate the overall experience, making your meal even more satisfying.


Stout, with its dark and robust character, is like a cozy fireplace for your Smoked Pulled Pork. The roasted malt and coffee notes in stout enhance the smokiness of the meat while adding depth and complexity to each bite. The beer’s full-bodied nature complements the pork’s hearty flavors, making every mouthful feel like a warm, comforting hug. This pairing is as bold and satisfying as a fireside feast with friends.

More Great Smoked Pork Options

If you’re looking to try other smoked pork recipes, make sure to give our Applewood Smoked Bacon or Smoked Pork Chops recipes a try. They are easy to make and also go well with any smoked sideline.

Smoked Pulled Pork

Smoked Pulled Pork Recipe

Perfect Smoked Pulled Pork you can try at home.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 16 hours
Total Time 16 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 12



  • 1 (6-8-lb) bone-in pork shoulder
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard (such as dijon mustard)
  • 1 batch of Not Just Pork Rub


  • Start your smoker and get the temperature stable at 225ºF.
  • Coat your pork shoulder all over with the yellow mustard and season with the Not Just Pork Rub.
  • Place the shoulder directly on the grill and smoke low and slow until the shoulder reaches an internal temperature of 195ºF.
  • Remove the pork from the grill and wrap it completely in aluminum foil. Place it in a cooler, cover the cooler, and let it rest for 1 to 2 hours.
  • Remove the pork from the cooler and remove the shoulder bone. Pull the pork apart using your fingers. Serve alone or in your favorite pulled-pork dish.
Keyword pulled pork

Smoked Pulled Pork FAQs

How Long Does It Take To Smoke A Pork Shoulder At 225?

On average, it takes around 12-16 hours to smoke a pork shoulder at an internal temperature of 225 degrees. It should be cooked for around 2 hours for every pound of pork meat, so it takes up to 16 hours to complete cooking your pork shoulder before it can be served.

Can You Make Smoked it At 250?

Yes, it is possible to smoke pulled pork at 250 degrees. Once your pulled pork has reached an internal temperature of between 165 degrees and 170 degrees, which should take around 6 to 7 hours depending on the size of the pork. A good indicator pulled pork is cooked is when the top of part of the fat on the back has split.

How Long Does Pulled Pork Take To Smoke?

For beautifully tender meat, the optimum time to smoke pulled pork is around 8 hours. Depending on your recipe choice, monitor the ingredients used for your pulled pork to keep it tender and add more wood and water when required. Allow the pulled pork to cool for thirty minutes before serving.

What Temperature Do You Smoke Pulled Pork To?

Online reports suggest the ideal temperature to smoke pulled pork to is around 205 degrees for optimum flavor. It allows the collagen within the meat to break down, contributing to the meat’s tenderness. Add your favorite bbq sauce to serve; this is the perfect way to eat pulled pork.

Should I Wrap Pork Shoulder In Foil When Smoking?

Using foil for cooking pork shoulders and smoked pork butt is an excellent method to keep the pork meat moist while smoking. Another tip is maintaining the fire rather than adding more wood chips while cooking. This method of smoking pork meat is known as the “Texas Crutch.”

How Do You Speed Up?

To cook the pork faster, remove it from the grill and place it in the foil pan. Wrap the top with a double layer of aluminum foil, pinching around the edges of the pan.

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