The Art of Charcoal Grill Pulled Pork

If you’re a barbecue enthusiast looking for an exciting and delicious recipe, then smoked pork shoulder on a charcoal grill should be at the top of your list. It’s a fantastic way to dive into the world of BBQ, and the best part is, it’s forgiving and won’t break the bank if you make any mistakes. Get ready to embark on an incredible culinary adventure that will leave you with mouthwatering pulled pork.

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The Charcoal Grill Pulled Pork Experience

Pulled pork is the ideal choice for those starting their BBQ journey. Unlike its counterpart, the smoked brisket, pork shoulder is forgiving and more affordable, making it perfect for beginners. By following this recipe, you’ll create a delicious masterpiece that will impress anyone who takes a bite.

Considering affordability and versatility, the Weber kettle grill is the ultimate pit master’s choice. From hot and fast steaks to low and slow pulled pork and ribs, this grill can do it all.

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The Homemade Smoked Pork Shoulder on a Charcoal Grill

Pulled pork is often praised for being more forgiving than other BBQ staples, such as beef brisket. This makes it the perfect introduction to your charcoal grill. Additionally, pork shoulder is not only affordable but also ideal for feeding a crowd, making it a practical choice for any gathering.

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Ingredients for Your Pulled Pork Adventure


  • 8 lb Pork Shoulder
  • 2 tbsp Yellow Mustard
  • ¼ cup Dry Rub
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Mop Ingredients

  • 1 cup Apple Juice
  • ¼ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Fish Sauce (Optional)

bowl of pulled pork

Unleash Your Inner Pit Master: Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Begin by placing the pork shoulder on a clean surface with the fat cap facing down. Score the top of the meat in a crosshatch pattern, creating cuts about ½ inch deep.
  2. Coat the entire pork butt with yellow mustard, ensuring all sides are covered. Generously season the meat with the dry rub, making sure the seasoning seeps into the scored cuts.
  3. Build your fire using the dual-zone cooking method. Concentrate all the coals on one side of the grill, preferably in baskets to keep them in place. Aim for a temperature between 275-300 degrees F (135-150 degrees C).
  4. To keep your grill clean and add moisture to the pit, place a pan below the grill grates filled halfway with water to catch the pork drippings.
  5. Once the grill reaches your desired temperature, place the pork shoulder opposite the fire source, with the fat side down. Let it cook for approximately 90 minutes before starting to brush it with your mop solution. Brush the pork butt with the mop every hour until its internal temperature reaches 165-170 degrees F (74-77 degrees C).
  6. Once the pork reaches this temperature, transfer it to a 9×13 pan and cover it with foil. Return the pan to the grill and continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 205 degrees F (96 degrees C). To know if it’s done, use a thermometer to probe the meat. It should glide in with little to no resistance.
  7. Once fully cooked, vent the pan and allow the pork to rest for an hour before shredding. If necessary, you can keep the pork warm for up to 4 hours by placing it in a dry cooler and covering it with a towel.
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shredded smoked pork shoulder

What to Serve with Your Pulled Pork Masterpiece

To enhance the flavors of your pulled pork, consider pairing it with these mouthwatering side dishes:

  • Classic Coleslaw
  • Squash Casserole
  • Smoked Mac and Cheese
  • Smoked BBQ Beans

Whether you’re a barbecue novice or an experienced pit master, charcoal grill pulled pork is a must-try recipe. It’s a culinary adventure that will leave your taste buds begging for more. So grab your charcoal grill, some pork shoulder, and get ready to create a masterpiece that will impress friends and family alike.

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