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Pulling pork cold?


Fire Starter
Joined Jan 17, 2014
Well, I tackled 40lbs of boston butt all day yesterday (not literally) :). Hit the stall that went on forever, not to mention the snow storm with high winds that hit, so last night, I brought them inside and put them in the oven at 250 for the last 2 hours. Got them up to 204 and pulled them out. I let them rest for 1/2 hour, then got them into the fridge whole as I was wiped out and needed some sleep.

My question is, can they be shredded / pulled cold? Or, should I warm them up some to do this? They tasted fantastic (made a sammie last night). I need to remove the bones, shred, and bag them up for a party and just wasn't sure how to tackle them.



Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
Joined Aug 1, 2008
It has happened to me.

I pull while still warm.  Very difficult later.

If cold, you will probably end up either chopping or struggling and cussin.

Good luck and good smoking.


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Group Lead
Joined Nov 18, 2010
yea you will want to heat them back up to pull them. 

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