The Ultimate Guide to Delicious Pulled Pork on the Big Green Egg

Everyone loves a mouthwatering pulled pork sandwich, and there’s no better way to achieve that perfect smoky flavor than by cooking it on the Big Green Egg. This make-ahead meal is ideal for feeding a crowd, and the slow cooking process infuses the pork shoulder with incredible hardwood smoke, making it the star of any BBQ gathering.

Unleashing the Flavor Potential

While pulled pork on a pellet grill is undeniably delicious, using the Big Green Egg adds an extra layer of flavor and juiciness to the meat. The ceramic grill’s ability to maintain a consistent temperature allows you to slow cook the pork butt to perfection. Plus, the versatility of the Big Green Egg means it can be used for a wide range of dishes, from tender ribs to mouthwatering burgers and succulent pork chops.

Grilling pork butt on a grill

The Ingredients You’ll Need

To embark on your pulled pork adventure, gather the following ingredients:

  • Pork Butt
  • Olive Oil
  • Dry Rub Seasoning (try using your favorite rub or our Steak Rub for a flavorful twist)
  • Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce (we recommend Head Country BBQ, or you can try our homemade Peach BBQ Sauce for a unique touch)

For serving sandwiches, don’t forget to include:

  • Onion Buns
  • Coleslaw
  • BBQ Sauce

It’s time to get creative in the kitchen!

Step By Step Directions

Pork butt, sliced in a crosshatch pattern for grilling

  1. Start by removing the pork butt from its packaging and patting it dry with paper towels.
  2. Place the pork shoulder fat side down on a rimmed baking sheet or cutting board.
  3. Score the pork shoulder by making 1 inch deep slices across the entire ham about 1 inch apart. Then, turn the ham and make slices in the other direction, creating an enticing crosshatch pattern.
  4. Lightly coat the pork with olive oil and sprinkle it with your chosen dry rub. Set it aside while you prepare the grill.
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Pork butt with dry rub on a sheet pan ready to grill

  1. Using lump charcoal, prepare a fire in the Big Green Egg. For that irresistible hardwood smoke flavor, add some hickory to the fire.
  2. Once the fire has settled, and light-colored smoke is produced, carefully place the pork butt onto the grill grate. Close the grill and let it cook for approximately 5 hours, checking every hour to maintain a temperature between 250°-300°.

Grilling a pork butt with dry rub seasoning on a Big Green Egg

  1. After 5 hours, drizzle the pork with your favorite BBQ sauce and continue cooking for another hour or until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 200°, as measured with a digital meat thermometer.

Drizzling BBQ sauce over scored pork butt on a grill

  1. Once cooked, remove the pork butt from the grill and let it rest for 20 minutes on a rimmed baking sheet or cutting board. During this time, the flavors will meld together, making the pork even more succulent.
  2. After resting, it’s time to shred the pork. This can be done immediately for immediate serving or cooled slightly and stored in an airtight container or zip-top bag for up to 3 days.

Shredded pork butt on a sheet pan

The Perfect Pulled Pork Sandwiches

To create the ultimate pulled pork sandwiches:

  1. Lightly toast your favorite onion buns.
  2. Top the buns with a generous portion of coleslaw.
  3. Add a mound of tender pulled pork.
  4. Finish with a drizzle of your preferred BBQ sauce.
  5. Place the top bun on the sandwich, and get ready to experience BBQ bliss.

Recipe Notes

  • Storage: If you have any leftovers, store the pulled pork in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Alternatively, freeze it for up to 3 months for future indulgence.
  • Reheating: To reheat your pulled pork, place it on a sheet pan, cover it with foil, and bake it in a preheated 350°F oven for about 10 minutes. Alternatively, heat it in a skillet with a few tablespoons of water or BBQ sauce over medium heat until heated through, stirring often.
  • Best Sauce for Pulled Pork: We had the pleasure of working with Head Country on social media, and their Raspberry Chipotle BBQ sauce took our pulled pork sandwiches to new heights. However, feel free to explore other brands or try our Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce for a more traditional flavor.
  • More Serving Ideas for Pulled Pork: Don’t limit yourself to sandwiches! Pulled pork can be used to create mouthwatering pork carnitas, pulled pork burritos, and much more.
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Closeup of a pulled pork sandwich

Pulled Pork on the Big Green Egg is a fantastic dish that’s both versatile and crowd-pleasing. Whether you’re cooking for a large gathering or simply want to enjoy some delicious BBQ, this recipe is a winner. So, fire up your Big Green Egg, perfect your pulled pork technique, and get ready to savor every juicy bite.

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