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smoked pulled pork
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4.36 from 14 votes

Smoked Pulled Pork

So moist and juicy and packed with flavor, there's nothing quite like smoked pulled pork!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time12 hours
Total Time12 hours 10 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pork, pulled pork, smoked, smoked pulled pork
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 289kcal


  • 5 lb pork butt
  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne powder
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup apple juice


  • Let the meat rest at room temperature for about an hour so it's not going into the smoker too cold.
  • Preheat your Traeger pellet grill to 225-F as per the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Rub the pork shoulder all over with the mustard.
  • Mix the brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, garlic and onion powder, cayenne, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Rub the pork all over with the dry rub. Make sure it's an even layer on all sides.
  • Put the pork into a foil pan and smoke it at 225-F for about 4-5 hours, or until the temperature reaches 160-F. Spritz the top and sides of the pork with apple juice every hour.
  • When the pork reaches 160-F, lift the pork into a clean foil pan or drain the liquid out of the pan. Wrap the pan tightly in foil and continue to smoke for another 5-6 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 200-205-F.
  • Remove the pork from the Treager pellet grill and let it rest, covered in foil, for about an hour.
  • Remove the top bark layer and chop it up to add it to your pulled pork. Pull the pork, removing large chunks of fat as you go.
  • Serve it as is or with your favorite sauce!


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 1428mg | Potassium: 718mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 452IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 3mg