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Smoked Pulled Pork is surprisingly easy to make, so moist and tender, and absolutely delicious.
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Smoked Pulled Pork–Pork Shoulder or Pork Butt

A delicious and easy to make smoked pork, this pulled pork, or shredded pork roast is made with pork shoulder and cooked low and slow on a pellet smoker until it reaches an internal temperature of 195-202 degrees, for a melt in your mouth, buttery soft, shredded pork.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 hrs
Total Time15 hrs 10 mins
Course: Pork
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pork shoulder or pork butt, smoked pulled pork, smoked pulled pork recipe
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 241kcal
Author: Rachael


  • 1 8-10 pound pork shoulder roast or pork butt roast
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard

Spice Mixture

  • 1/4 brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coarse sea salt
  • 3 Tbs cracked black pepper
  • 2 Tbs smoked paprika
  • 2 tsps chipotle powder optional
  • 2 tsps garlic powder
  • 2 tsps onion powder


  • Preheat smoker to 225 degrees F for indirect smoking.
  • Remove your pork from the packaging and pat it dry with paper towels.
  • Put the yellow mustard on the exterior of the pork shoulder and rub it all over, or use a pastry brush and brush it all over the pork.
  • Mix the spice mixture up in a bowl, and reserve 2 Tbs.
  • Season your pork roast on all sides with remaining spice mixture, Rub it all over the top and bottom and coat liberally.
  • Place your seasoned roast on the smoker fat side up. It is bet to put it right in the middle, avoiding any hot spots on your smoker.
  • Insert a meat thermometer you can check without opening the smoker if you can.
  • Smoke the pork until it reaches at least 195 degrees. This can take anywhere between 12-20 hours, depending on the consistency of heat in your smoker and the size of your pork roast.
  • Once your pork reaches the desired temperature between 195-202 degrees, remove the pork shoulder from the smoker and wrap in foil.
  • Rest your pork for a minimum of 1 hour.
  • Once the hour is up, shred the pork shoulder.
  • Sprinkle with reserved seasoning and enjoy.


This recipe was adapted from Hey Grill Hey https://heygrillhey.com/simple-smoked-pulled-pork/


Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 1936mg | Potassium: 582mg | Vitamin A: 520IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2.3mg