Smokin’ Delicious Traeger Pork Shoulder Recipe

If you’re craving some mouthwatering smoked pulled pork, look no further than our Traeger pork shoulder recipe! We’ve perfected the art of slow cooking on a Traeger grill to create a tender, juicy, and flavorful pork shoulder with a dark, crisp bark on the crust. The secret lies in a citrus marinade that infuses the meat with incredible taste.

A fork pulling shreds off a smoked pork shoulder.

Why this Recipe Works

Our Traeger pork shoulder recipe is all about slow cooking perfection. By maintaining a low temperature on your Traeger grill, you’ll achieve a deep, smoky flavor that brings out the best in the pork shoulder. This method also ensures a constant and accurate temperature throughout the cooking process.

Pork shoulder, an inexpensive cut of meat, benefits from a low and slow cook time that breaks down the connective tissues and produces tender results. Our Traeger pulled pork recipe delivers outstanding results that even surpass those of a restaurant, and it’s incredibly easy to prepare.

Here’s what makes this recipe so fantastic:

  • It yields super delicious meat with incredible flavor and a citrus marinade.
  • The meat is extra moist and tender.
  • It’s easy to prepare, making it suitable for both seasoned chefs and smoked meat novices.
  • Whether you’re hosting a large gathering, enjoying a summertime barbecue, or planning your weekly meal prep, this recipe is a hit.

Shredding pulled pork to show the smoke ring.

Ingredients for Traeger Pork Shoulder

To create the best Traeger smoked pork shoulder, you’ll need a few basic ingredients. Start with a citrus marinade and prepare the pork roast with a flavorful mix of mustard and a smoked chipotle dry rub. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Orange juice and lemon juice for the citrus marinade.
  • Brown sugar to lend a subtle sweetness that pairs well with pork and citrus.
  • Worcestershire sauce for a delightful umami flavor.
  • Olive oil to round out the marinade and infuse flavor into the pork.
  • Salt, because every good meat marinade needs it!
  • Tabasco sauce to add a tasty flavor and a touch of heat.
  • Bone-in pork shoulder weighing 8-10 pounds. Avoid using boneless pork shoulder, as it will affect the smoking time.
  • Yellow mustard to rub all over the pork shoulder before smoking.
  • Dry rub, such as Smoked Chipotle Mezcal from Spiceology or your preferred blend.
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A Flavorful Traeger Pork Shoulder Recipe

Now, let’s walk you through the steps of preparing this fantastic Traeger pork shoulder. For a detailed recipe with ingredient amounts and instructions, scroll to the bottom of the page for the printable recipe card. Here’s an overview:

  1. Start by prepping the pork shoulder with the citrus marinade.
  2. Rub the pork shoulder with yellow mustard and a flavorful dry rub.
  3. Fire up your Traeger pellet grill and set it to a low temperature.
  4. Place the pork shoulder on the grill and smoke it for several hours, letting it develop that perfect crusty bark.
  5. Deal with the stall, a temporary pause in the internal temperature rise, by waiting it out or wrapping the pork shoulder in pink butcher paper.
  6. Let the pork shoulder rest before shredding it or slicing it, depending on your preference.

Tips for the Best Results

To ensure you get the absolute best results with your Traeger pork shoulder, keep these tips in mind:

  • Feel free to use your favorite dry rub, but we highly recommend trying Smoked Chipotle Mezcal from Spiceology for its peppery, citrus-y flavor.
  • If you want tender pulled pork, cook the shoulder until the internal temperature reaches 200°F to 205°F. For sliced pork, aim for an internal temperature of 175°F.
  • Base the cooking time on the internal temperature, not the estimated cook time. Use the following as a rough estimate:
    • For pulled pork (cook to an internal temp of 200°F), estimate 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours per pound.
    • For sliced pork (cook to an internal temperature of 175°F), estimate about 45 minutes to 1 hour per pound.
    • If you increase the temperature on your Traeger to 275°F, the pork shoulder should only take about 1-1/2 hours per pound.
  • When the pork is done, use a fork or meat claws to shred the meat, discarding any large chunks of cartilage or fat.
  • If the pork finishes cooking before you’re ready to serve it, keep it warm in an insulated cooler for several hours.
  • Let the meat rest for at least an hour at room temperature after removing it from the smoker and covering it in aluminum foil.
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A smoked pork shoulder with a dark bark.

More Grilling Recipes

If you love grilling as much as we do, check out some of our other delicious recipes:

  • Smoked Beer Can Chicken with Gravy
  • Traeger Smoked Sea Bass
  • Crispy Skin Grilled Sea Bass
  • Sake Marinated Grilled Ribeye Steak
  • 35 Grill Master Traeger Recipes

Some Other Recipes We Are Sure You Will Love

When serving Traeger pulled pork, consider pairing it with these delectable dishes:

  • Homemade Baked Beans: Packed with flavor and tenderness, these beans perfectly complement the richness of pulled pork.
  • Buttery Cornbread: No picnic is complete without a slice of our tender, rich, and buttery cornbread.
  • Traeger Smoked Sea Bass: Try this smoky and flaky fish served with a light and refreshing lemon sauce.
  • Pork Recipes: Explore other pork dishes like Porchetta, Sous Vide Pork Tenderloin, and Puerto Rican Pork Roast.

Helpful Tools

To make your cooking experience even better, here are some helpful tools we recommend:

  • Baking sheet
  • Smoked Chipotle Mezcal from Spiceology
  • Meat thermometer

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Now that you have the recipe and tips, it’s time to fire up your Traeger and enjoy the best pulled pork you’ve ever tasted. Visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ for more mouthwatering recipes, insights, and tips. Happy smoking!