The Best Pulled Pork Recipe: Slow and Smoky

If you’re craving mouthwatering pulled pork but don’t want to spend all night babysitting a fire, this recipe is perfect for you! Using a pellet grill, you can achieve tender, juicy, and smoky pulled pork with minimal effort. And if you happen to have any leftovers, we’ve got a fantastic Cuban casserole recipe for you to try. So, let’s dive into the world of low and slow smoked pork shoulder!

Easy Smoking with Tender Results

When it comes to cooking a pork shoulder, patience is key. The longer it takes, the more smoke flavor you’ll get. Smoking your pork shoulder low and slow overnight takes away the stress of constantly checking on the meat, allowing you to have a good night’s sleep – especially if you have a wifi probe on your pellet smoker.

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The Smoked Pork Shoulder Timeline

  • Aggressively season the pork shoulder on all sides a few hours before smoking. Keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to cook.
  • Light the smoker to 200 degrees F and place the pork on the pit, opposite the heat source. Start cooking just before bedtime. No need to mop or baste – it’ll turn out great!
  • After 6-8 hours of smoking at 200 degrees F, the internal temperature of the pork will likely be between 155-175 degrees F. Now it’s time to wrap it. Use multiple layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil, place the probe back in, and raise the smoker temperature to 225 degrees F.
  • Once the pork shoulder reaches an internal temperature of 200 degrees F, unwrap the foil and test for tenderness with a probe. If it slides in effortlessly, it’s done. If not, keep smoking until it’s tender.
  • Once the pork shoulder is tender, uncover it for 5-10 minutes to let it breathe. Then, wrap it back up and store it in a dry cooler, covered with a towel, for at least an hour (up to 5 hours).
  • After resting, remove the pork from the cooler and start shredding.
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The Cooking Time

The total cooking time will vary, but generally, it will take around 14-16 hours, including the resting period. If you plan to serve the pork for dinner the next night, you’re all set. For a lunchtime treat, smoke it at 225 degrees overnight, and it should be closer to done by morning, ready to wrap and rest a few hours before lunch.

Perfect Pairings for Pulled Pork

When it comes to serving smoked pork shoulder, nothing complements it better than a creamy Southern coleslaw. In addition to that, we highly recommend trying our cast iron BBQ beans, smoked mac & cheese, and squash casserole. Serve these dishes with crispy potato chips and soft buns, and you’ll have a proper pulled pork feast!

Bone-In or Boneless: The Great Debate

There’s an ongoing debate about whether to buy bone-in or boneless pork shoulders. However, the flavor and moisture difference between the two is minimal. Boneless pork shoulders tend to cook slightly faster, but in a blind taste test, most people wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. So, don’t let anyone tell you that boneless is a lesser cut of meat. Trust your own taste buds!

If you do have a bone-in shoulder, you can determine its tenderness by pulling a clean blade bone easily out of the shoulder. However, a digital thermometer will give you a more accurate indication of the meat’s tenderness.

Pro Tips and Variations

  • Brine/Inject: Commercial pork shoulders often come pre-brined. Therefore, you don’t need to inject them. However, fresh pork shoulders require injection to keep them moist and add flavor.
  • Shelf Life: Smoked pork can last 5-7 days when stored in a sealed container in the fridge. It can be frozen for 4-6 months in a sealed plastic bag or container.
  • Reheating: To reheat pulled pork, add a few tablespoons of water or BBQ sauce and simmer it in a pan over low heat until warm. Alternatively, microwave it in 45-second intervals until hot.
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