Does anyone know a good Pork shoulder recipe ?

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Nov 4, 2015

I do mine similar to ribs.  I rub it with mustard and put on McCormick pork rub seasoning.  Wrap it with plastic wrap in the fridge for 24 hours.  Heat the pellet grill up to 225 and put it on.  I start with the fat side down.  It takes about an hour a pound.  I flip it about half way thru.  Internal temp about 195 it will be done.


Master of the Pit
Aug 9, 2015
New Jersey - Exit 9

I do mine similar to ribs.  I rub it with mustard and put on McCormick pork rub seasoning.  Wrap it with plastic wrap in the fridge for 24 hours. 
At 165 IT, I wrap the butt up in double heavy foil and cook till IT hits the 200 mark. Let rest for a short time, then pull apart.


Master of the Pit
Jun 11, 2013
Monroe, NC USA
I like to use a smaller one for mexican food. Inject ahead of time with enchilada sauce and rub down with taco seasoning or chillipowder and let sit overnight. Smoke 250 until 165 and wrap finish off and let rest. Pull and use in tacos/burritos/ ench. Makes awesome eats!

Happy Smoking,


Smoking Fanatic
Jul 17, 2015
Here's one I found on Cook's Country.  Used it several times.  Takes nicely to the smoke.  Kind of an earthy flavor.

This is meant to simulate a Hawaiian-style of smoked pork is typically made by slow cooking a suckling pig in a pit made out of hot rocks, banana leaves, and kiawe wood, the Hawaiian version of mesquite. 


3 tablespoons green tea (about 15 tea bags)
4 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons pepper
1 (4- to 5-pound) boneless pork butt, trimmed
1 (13 by 9-inch) disposable aluminum roasting pan


Master of the Pit
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Jan 13, 2015
Coatesville, IN
Here is one originally from Alton Brown that I've modified. BTW: in step 7, during the warmer months I usually put it back on the smoker.  This recipe has never failed to delight who ever we served it to.  …matt

Pork Butt Smoked - pulled pork


9 pounds Boston butt pork butt, bone in, prefer not moisture enhanced
Canola spray
apple juice, in spray bottle
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8 ounces molasses grandma's
12 ounces pickling salt , 1 1/3 cups -use only 1 cup if meat is "moisture enhanced"
2 quarts bottled water
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Rub:  this makes more than what a usual butt requires
2 tsp whole cumin seed
2 tsp whole fennel seed
2 tsp whole coriander
2 tablespoon chili powder
2 tablespoon onion powder
2 tablespoon paprika, not smoked


1. Brine the Butt for 15 hours Combine molasses, pickling salt, and water in a 2-1/2 gallon zip-lok bag, dissolve completely.  Add Boston butt making sure it is completely submerged in brine by squeezing out the air and sliding the zip-lok.  I place the bag with meat into a very large mixing bowl and weight the top down with 2 cans of beans from the pantry to keep everything submerged and marinating. Let sit in refrigerator for a minimum of 12 hours. 15 hours is ideal.

2. Prepare the RUB Place cumin seed, fennel seed, and coriander in food grinder and grind fine. Transfer to a small mixing bowl and stir in chili powder, onion powder, and paprika.

3. Wearing latex gloves Remove Boston butt from brine and pat dry. Lightly spay the butt with canola oil. 

4. Sift the rub evenly over the meat and then lightly pat down to make help the rub adhere. I use a small 2” dia mesh strainer for this, tapping it on the side to sift the rub onto the meat.  It gives a very even coating this way. More rub will adhere to the meat if you are wearing gloves during the application. Cover every inch of the meat.

5. Alton suggests preheat to 210 ºF then smoke the butt for 4 hours.  I use the smoke setting 185º for 1-2 hr, then @225 until IT reaches 160º (155-165º is fine).  This usually takes 5-6 hours. We prefer the stronger flavor of Hickory but for a bit less strength try Pecan, Cherry or Apple.  Keep smoking until it reaches a minimum IT of 155º…  SPRAY w/APPLE JUICE every 45 min starting after hour 2.

6. @ IT 160º’ish: Remove, insert an electronic meat thermometer making sure it’s not touching the bone, double wrap in alum foil. Note: after 4-6 hours of smoke, the meat won't absorb much more, so you are essentially cooking it until done at this point.

7. Put wrapped butt into a large tin foil container (11.5 x 9.25 internal), and place in oven at 300 ºF.  Continue the cook until  200-205 ºF.  Meat is unpredictable, make sure to set thermometer alarm to go off when it hits 203 º.  Can be anywhere from 2 to 5 hours in the oven but usually closer to 2. 
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Instead of the oven, continue using the smoker.  The total smoker time usually takes 10 to12 hours, maintaining smoker temp. Begin checking meat for doneness after 10 hours. When done (205º), the meat still needs to rest for at least 2 hours, wrapped and placed in a large sealed cooler with a couple of bath towels covering it to help maintain warmth. 

8. Remove from oven/smoker. With the butt still in the pan, wrap it with three large beach towels and let sit for at least 2 hours (3hrs even better). REMEMBER: to be safe, meat must be kept above 150º, so I leave the thermo probe in the meat and monitor it while it sits.

9. Pull meat apart with forks. It should be so done that if you grab the bone you can pull it out without loosing any meat. Can be served plain, or in sandwiches with maybe a side of coleslaw. I suggest a good barbecue dipping sauce like BBQ Sauce #2-Sweet Heat Rum

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