Best Smoked Pulled Pork

This is how I make smoked pulled pork. After trying many, many different (great) methods and seasonings and injections, I consider this the best. I’m always happy with the results. Tender, moist, flavorful pork that always satisfies. I like mine served simple. On a bun, with a bit of sauce (sometimes, or dry sometimes) and a slice of onion or some crunchy slaw. That’s it.
Best Smoked Pulled Pork

I use AlbuKirky Seasoning’s Red Chile BBQ rub for my best smoked pulled pork (and usually my smoked ribs, too). It has the perfect Southwest-inspired depth-of-flavor, with a little kick. Not too spicy, not too sweet, I really like it. You can use your own rub too, or your favorite commercial rub.

Best Smoked Pulled Pork

This is how I make smoked pulled pork. After trying many, many different (great) methods and seasonings and injections, I consider this the best.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Resting time 30 minutes
Total Time 10 hours 45 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 300kcal

Ingredients

  • 7 pound pork shoulder

For the injection

  • 2 quarts apple juice
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

For the rub (you'll have extra)

Instructions

  • Fire up your smoker to cook at 225 F. Use a lighter wood, such as hickory, apple or cherry.
  • Trim any large pieces of fat off the pork. You don't have to be real picky about it, just get any large chunks.
  • Combine the injection ingredients. Inject half of the liquid into the pork shoulder. Reserve the remaining injection liquid.
  • Combine the rub ingredients and rub enough onto the outside of pork shoulder to season it well. You'll have leftover rub.
  • Transfer the shoulder to the smoker and smoke until it reaches 160 F, about 7 hours. Spritz the pork with the reserved injection liquid every 30 minutes.
  • Wrap the pork tightly in foil and continue smoking until it reaches 195-200 F, another 2-3 hours.
  • Remove from the smoker, wrap tightly in foil and let rest 30 minutes or up to 2 hours before chopping or shredding.

Nutrition

Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 616mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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