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The Best Smoked Pork Shoulder Recipe (+ Tips and Tricks) – How to Make Traeger Pulled Pork

Smoked Pork Shoulder is a classic summertime BBQ recipe. Come check out my tried and true method for making Traeger Smoked Pulled Pork along with my 9 pro tips for the best smoked pork – I’m including my favorite pork shoulder brine and pulled pork rub to use when making this pulled pork recipe.

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Traeger Smoked Pulled Pork

We’ve had a really weird start to summer here in Colorado and it hasn’t quite felt like summer BBQ season yet.

We get a few warm days and then it is back to cold and rain. I’m currently wearing long pants and long sleeves and kind of wish the heater was turned on but it just feels wrong to do that in JUNE.

Earlier this week we had a few nice days, so I made our first Smoked Pulled Pork of the season (not our first time making it, but I haven’t ever posted a recipe here before).

I am so glad we bought our Traeger 3 years ago because it has been so fun to be able to cook all my favorite Texas BBQ food at home!

Want to learn how to make your own pulled pork? Read on!

Smoked Pork Shoulder Required Equipment

Before you begin preparing your smoked pork shoulder on a Traeger, you’ll need to make sure you have some of the required equipment. If you aren’t new to smoking, none of this should be new to you.

In order to smoke a pork shoulder, you need a few things:

Ingredients to Make Delicious Smoked Pork Shoulder

  • Pork Shoulder – you can choose bone in or a boneless pork shoulder with the shoulder blade removed.
  • Dry Rub – your favorite spice rub for pork, or try my dry rub recipe: Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub
  • Pork Brine

Pork Brine Ingredients for Smoked Pork Shoulder

  • Water
  • Kosher Salt
  • Brown Sugar
  • Black Peppercorn
  • Fresh Apple Cider (NOT: sparkling cider, sweetened apple juice, or spiced apple cider)
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

How to Make Smoked Pork Shoulder on the Traeger

The basic steps to preparing smoked pulled pork are: trim, brine, score, rub, and smoke. I’ll break down the smoking process we use.

  1.  Heat the Traeger according to manufacturer instructions on the “Smoke” setting. If you don’t have a Traeger, aim for around 160 degrees F.
  2. Insert the thermometer probe into the meat, avoiding bones and large fat deposits.
  3. Place the pork on the Traeger once “Smoke” temp is achieved and close the lid.
  4. Cook on smoke for 3 to 4 hours – after 4 hours the meat doesn’t really absorb any more smoke.
  5. After 3-4 hours, turn the temp up to 275 degrees and keep cooking until the internal temp of the pork should reads around 210-215 degrees F.
  6. Rest the meat.

The above is simply a quick summary of this recipe. Check out the free printable card at the bottom of this post for all the detailed instructions.

photo of a smoked pork shoulder on a baking sheet with shredded smoked pulled pork

9 PRO TIPS FOR The Best Smoked Pork Shoulder Recipe

In our house we have a running joke where we frequently say things like “hey, pro tip here…” when we’re giving one of the kids advice or something. I thought I’d give you some of MY “pro tips” to make the best smoked pulled pork.

Here’s a quick overview of the tips I’ve shared in the post below.

  1. Trim excess fat.
  2. Use a pork shoulder brine.
  3. Score the pork shoulder before smoking.
  4. Use a rub.
  5. Cook by temperature, not time.
  6. Lift the lid as little as possible.
  7. Let the pork shoulder rest before pulling the meat.
  8. Remove excess fat while pulling the meat.

Read on for more details and explanations on all of the tips!

TRAEGER PRO TIP #1: Trim Excess Fat from the Pork Shoulder

Removing large chunks of fat before the meat cooks will allow more surface area for the smoke to penetrate the meat. Smoke does not pass through fat very effectively.

If you want a lot of smoke flavor, make sure you’ve trimmed away anything thicker than 1/2-3/4 of an inch from the exterior.

Pork shoulder has plenty of fat marbling throughout so removing some from the exterior will not dry out your meat.

TRAEGER PRO TIP #2: Use a Pork Shoulder Brine

When thinking about making a really great pulled pork, one of the easiest things you can do to get great meat is to brine your meat before cooking it.

Brining is one of the best ways enhance the flavor of the meat.

TRAEGER PRO TIP #3: Score Your Pork Shoulder before Smoking

Score the top and bottom of your pork shoulder with a tic-tac-toe pattern (3-4 lines by 3-4 lines) before adding the rub.

You’re exposing even more surface area which allows more meat to be covered with the rub, and more space for the smoke to pass through.

photo of a spoon full of spice rub for smoked pork butt with a bowl of dry rub in the background on a dark background

TRAEGER PRO TIP #4: Use a Pulled Pork Rub on Your Pork Shoulder

Adding a rub to the exterior of your meat will give great flavor and help you develop that awesome classic BBQ bark.

Bark on the exterior of the meat will give attractive color, texture, and great taste when you’ve pulled the pork. Try my recipe for Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub.

My pork shoulder rub features a mix of brown sugar, garlic powder, oregano, chili powder, cumin, black pepper, smoked paprika, onion powder, salt and pepper for a flavorful spice dry rub.

Ideally, I like to let the rub sit on the meat in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, but we’ve even done it overnight before. It allows the flavor to soak into the meat rather than just sitting on top.

TRAEGER PRO TIP #5: Cook Your Pork Shoulder By Temperature Not Time

There are a few things to know about smoking your pork, and an important keys to success is cooking by temperature.

Pork smoking times vary depending on a variety of things, such as:

  • the size of the meat – a larger cut of meat will naturally take longer to cook.
  • internal temperature of the meat when you begin – I like to set it at room temperature before starting so the meat isn’t refrigerator cold.
  • outdoor weather conditions – cold or windy days may cause your Traeger to run cooler.

So, it is better to have general time guidelines and specific temperature milestones to meet rather than cooking for x number of hours.

You avoid overcooked dry meat and undercooked unsafe meat when you use a digital probe meat thermometer.

photo of a sheet pan with cooked pulled pork from this smoked pork butt recipe

TRAEGER PRO TIP #6: Don’t Lift the Lid of Your Traeger While Your Pork Shoulder is Smoking

Heat and smoke escape every time you lift the lid. Just don’t do it. Your thermometer will tell you everything that you need to know.

The best pieces of meat we’ve ever smoked were the ones we’ve literally walked away from until a temperature adjustment was required. We have even put a big pork shoulder on the smoker and gone to bed, set an alarm to get up and crank the heat, and then gone back to bed. Perfect when you want to eat earlier in the day.

If you absolutely MUST look at your meat, don’t peak more than ever few hours. And make it quick!

TRAEGER PRO TIP #7: Don’t Make Panic Adjustments When Making Smoked Pork Shoulder on a Traeger

Perfect, tender meat takes time. Don’t be impatient when cooking your smoked pulled pork.

When smoking, meat can often experience a “stall.” It might seems like the thermometer is stuck at the same temperatures for hours at a time. Don’t make the mistake of impatiently increasing the heat.

Seriously, one of the worst things you can do is panic and make a bunch of rapid fire adjustments on your Traeger.

You think the pork shoulder isn’t cooking fast enough, so you crank the smoker temperature up. Then, you crank it down because it is cooking too fast.

Sound familiar? If the answer is yes, it is absolutely time to stop doing that.

If you have to make an adjustment because your meat is cooking too fast or too slow, I don’t recommend increasing or decreasing the temperature in anything larger than a 25 degree increment within an hour period (i.e. lowering from 275 to 250 or increasing from 275 to 300).

a photo of a trager smoked pulled pork on a cutting board

TRAEGER PRO TIP #8: Let Your Smoked Pork Shoulder Rest Before Pulling

I know, the last thing you want to do after spending ALL DAY smoking a pork shoulder is to wait even longer before piling it onto a bun and digging in to it.

But, for the best pulled pork you really need to make sure the meat rests for 30-60  minutes before pulling it for the best results. The smoked pork will be easier to pull and the meat will stay juicer.

There are different ways to let the smoked pork rest:

  • Some people like to wrap the finished pulled pork in aluminum foil or butcher paper during the meat rest time.
  • I usually just stick it on a baking sheet in the oven (oven is off), but any of these will work.

TRAEGER PRO TIP #9: Remove Large Fat Deposits from Smoked Pork Shoulder When Pulling

When you’re pulling the meat, be sure to discard any large fat deposits from the interior as you discover them. You can use your hands (I like to wear gloves), 2 large forks, or Pulled Pork Shredder Claws for the pulling process.

This might be a personal preference, but there is nothing I like about biting into a tasty pulled pork sandwich and discovering that I’ve just bit into a huge glob of fat.

So, as our son Kayden would say: “Get rid of it!” No one wants to eat that stuff, and no one likes figuring out how to discretely get rid of it after they’ve discovered it in their mouth.

Smoked Pork Shoulder FAQ

Got questions about smoking a pork shoulder on a Traeger? Here are the answers to a few commonly asked questions. Feel free to leave any other questions in the comments on this post and I’ll respond with answers.

Can I Use a Different Cut of Pork with this Recipe?

Yes! You can use a pork butt, also called a Boston butt, in place of a pork shoulder if you like. You probably won’t even be able to tell a difference in the taste.

A pork butt isn’t actually from the butt of the pork at all, but is actually a cut of meat from the upper portion of the shoulder blades.

What is the Best Time of Day to Start Smoking a Pork Shoulder

I usually put the pork on first thing in the morning (around 5 or 6 am) in order for it to be done by dinner.

If it finishes early, you can always remove it from the smoker, wrap it in plastic wrap, and place it on a large baking sheet inside an oven that is turned off

If your pork shoulder is unusually large or unusually small, that will result in a cook time that is different from my general guidelines.

How to Make a Pork Shoulder Smoke Faster

If you aren’t able to start your shoulder early enough to get it done in time for your meal, you may consider cutting it into 2 smaller pieces or cooking it the day before and reheating it when you plan to serve it.

Should You Brine Pork Shoulder Before Smoking?

Brining a pork shoulder before you put it in your Traeger helps the meat to retain moisture that is often lost when meat is exposed to long cook times.

Rather than dry pulled pork that needs to be doused in BBQ sauce to be edible, you’ll end up with juicy, flavorful pork.

I like to use these Rubbermaid Storage Containers for brining anything that is around 10 lbs or less. It works perfectly for brining pork shoulder!

How Long Should You Brine a Pork Shoulder Before Smoking

Brining your pork shoulder for too long, could result in unintended negative consequences, namely over salted meat. Be sure to brine your meat for an appropriate length of time considering the weight of the pork shoulder.

  • 8-10 pounds: brine up to 32 hours, I prefer 24 hours
  • 6-8 pounds: 12-16 hours
  • 4-6 pounds: 6-8 hours

The best way to remove residual salt from the meat is to rinse your meat after brining.

This removes excess salt from the outside of the meat since you’ll then be adding a dry rub, which also contains salt, to the exterior.

photo of different types of pellet grill pellets used for making smoked pork shoulder on wood background

What is the Best Wood to Make Smoked Pork Shoulder

It really depends on your personal preferences, so it is important to experiment to find out what you like best. We have tried all different types of wood pellets for this pulled work recipe.

Favorite Wood Pellet Flavors for Traeger Smoked Pulled Pork

Our absolute favorite woods for making smoked pulled pork are apple, oak, and hickory. Apple wood is mild and a natural pairing for pork (especially with an Apple Cider Brine). Oak is classic Texas BBQ and goes with anything. And Hickory just has a yummy taste, in our opinion.

  • Apple Wood – mild and sweet flavor
  • Oak – medium flavor, not overpowering, quintessential smoking wood
  • Hickory – mellow smoky flavor, not over powering, savory, hearty, one of the most versatile

Don’t be afraid to mix different wood pellet flavors together. Using blends of different type of wood pellets can give the pork extra flavor depth. We often use a

How to Take Pork Shoulder Temperature?

Place the probe in the thickest part of the pork shoulder before you begin cooking.

Be sure to avoid large fat deposits or the bone. Both fat and bone will carry higher temperatures than the meat and give you false readings.

What Temperature is Pulled Pork Done?

We cook until the internal temperature of the pork reaches around 205-215 degrees F when measured at the thickest portion.

Reaching this temp will allow for an easy pull because the meat fibers will have broken down enough to become very tender.

How Long Does Smoked Pork Shoulder Take?

It depends on the size of your pork shoulder. A larger cut of meat will take longer to get to the temperature than a smaller one.

Typically for us, this recipe takes anywhere from 12-14 hours.

What if It Finished Smoking Too Early?

If it finishes early, you can always remove it from the smoker, wrap it in plastic wrap, and place it on a large baking sheet inside an oven that is turned off

Reader Reviews for Traeger Smoked Pulled Pork Recipe

“I did this exact recipe and it took 13.5 hours smoking time. But oh boy this was so dang good! I will be making this again. Thank you!”

“I love this recipe! We’ve tried a couple others and the pork seems a little dry. This recipe is fool proof and comes out with a nice bark and OMG the moistness!”

This is now my go-to primer for pulled pork. I’ve had my Traeger for about 6 years now and I love smoked meats, but I have never used the smoke setting except when starting up the grill. Finally decided to give it a go and this was my guide. It was SO delicious! Had a taste when we were shredding the pork and immediately put another shoulder on the shopping list

“I used this recipe along with your Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub. It was the BEST pulled pork I’ve ever made! Best and most delicious bark, nice deep smoke ring, very tender and absolutely amazing taste! Will be making this for a bunch of the family when they visit next month. Hopefully I have the same success the second time.”

collage of various photos of side dishes and other recipes to serve with a smoked pulled pork recipe

What to Serve with this Traeger Smoked Pulled Pork Recipe

Here are some of our favorite sides to serve with pulled pork, as well as some great recipes to use your pulled pork!

Substitute this Traeger Pulled Pork for the chicken in this recipe for Honey Pecan BBQ Sauce Chicken Sliders to make tasty pulled pork sandwiches with your Smoked Pork Shoulder.

Side Dishes for Smoked Pulled Pork

Summer Potlucks and BBQs don’t seem complete without a big bowl of this Classic Potato Salad. Creamy mayo, celery, onion, hard-boiled eggs, and of course plenty of potatoes make up this recipe. In our family’s opinion, it is simply the best potato salad! This is a great side to Smoked Pulled Pork!

This Cilantro Lime Broccoli Slaw is a tasty alternative to the traditional summer coleslaw recipe. Pre-packaged shredded broccoli, carrots, red cabbage are tossed with jalapeño, lime, red onion, and red bell pepper for a refreshing side salad.

Creamy Jalapeño BBQ Coleslaw – Your typical BBQ Coleslaw gets a makeover with the addition of jalapeño for just a touch of heat for your tastebuds! We always love to serve coleslaw when we make Smoked Pulled Pork!

Macaroni Salad is always a hit at a summer BBQ. This recipe has sugar snaps peas and radishes to round it out, and add a pop of color.

What is a summer barbecue without baked beans? This recipe for Slow Cooker Baked Bean Trio with Bacon and Peppers is loaded with flavor thanks to three types of beans, bell peppers, poblano peppers, and bacon.

This Zucchini Tomato Basil Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette is a light and refreshing summertime salad and perfect when your garden is exploding with tomatoes, basil, and zucchini in the later summer months. This is a great lighter side item to serve with Smoked Pulled Pork!

These Smokey Grilled Sweet Potato Fries are full of flavor. They’re super simple to whip up and contain only 4 ingredients!

Favorite Summer Drinks for For Pulled Pork

Homemade Watermelon Mint Lemonade is a fun take on the traditional homemade lemonade recipe — and it couldn’t be more summery with its gorgeous bright pink color! The perfect fruity and refreshing drink for the whole family on a hot day!

Homemade slushies like this recipe for a Cherry Limeade Slushie are perfect for summer and they’re super easy to make! 

A classic Moscow Mule gets a fruity twist with this recipe for Fresh Pineapple Mint Moscow Mules.

Don’t see what you’re looking for here? Check out the full recipe index for more ideas!

a photo of smoked pork butt on a counter in front of a man holding a cutting board with traeger smoked pulled pork on it

More Traeger Recipes

Here are a few of my favorite Traeger Grill Recipes besides this Smoked Pulled Pork Recipe. For more yummy recipes, be sure to check out the full archives in the Recipe Index.

Turkey Smoked on a Traeger is one of my favorite ways to cook turkey. Come check out my tried and true method along with my 8 pro tips for the best smoked turkey!

Easy Smoked Chicken is a great summer meal. The chicken turns out incredibly flavorful, tender and juicy. Perfect for BBQs or any time you want to cook a whole chicken but want to do something a little different than traditional roasting.

Learn how easy it is to make smoked pork ribs with fall off the bone tender meat! Mango Habanero Pork Ribs are full of flavor and perfect for your next summer BBQ.

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The Best Smoked Pork Shoulder

The Best Smoked Pork Shoulder

Yield: serves 8 - 10
Brine Time: 1 day
Smoke Time: 12 hours
Rest Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 day 13 hours

Smoked Pork Shoulder is a classic summertime BBQ recipe. Come check out my tried and true method for making Traeger Smoked Pulled Pork along with my 9 pro tips for the best smoked pork – I’m including my favorite pork shoulder brine and pulled pork rub.

Ingredients

Apple Cider Pork Shoulder Brine

  • 1 quart Hot Water
  • 1 cup Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Peppercorn
  • 2 quarts Apple Cider
  • 3 quarts Cold Water
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

For the Pork

  • 8 1/2 pound Pork roast
  • 1/4 -1/2 cup Pork Rub

Instructions

To Prepare the Apple Cider Pork Brine and brine the pork

  1. In container large enough to fit the pork shoulder covered with the brine, combine the hot water, salt, brown sugar, and peppercorn.
  2. Stir the ingredients until completely dissolved.
  3. Add the cold apple cider, cold water, Worcestershire sauce, and apple cider vinegar. Stir until combined.
  4. Let sit at room temperature and trim any excessive fat from the outside of the pork shoulder. Discard the excess fat.
  5. Score the pork by cutting a 4 line by 4 line tic tac toe pattern on both sides of the pork.
  6. Place the pork in the brine, cover, and refrigerate for 24 hours.

NOTE: if decreasing the brine, you need to decrease all of the ingredients in the same proportion, not just the liquids otherwise it will be incredibly salty.

To Prep the Pork Shoulder for Smoking

  1. Remove the pork from the brine.
  2. Discard the brine and rinse the pork all over with cool water. Pat dry.
  3. Place the pork shoulder on a large baking sheet and pat dry with paper towel.
  4. Rub the pork rub all over the meat on all sides, using more if needed to evenly cover the meat, or if you prefer more.
  5. Place the pork on the baking sheet in the refrigerator and let chill for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours (I prefer 24 hours).

To Smoke the Pork

  1. Prepare your smoker to a low heat setting.
  2. On our Traeger, we use the "smoke" setting (around 150-160 degrees F) and we either use Oak, Hickory, Apple, or a blend of pellets for our wood.
  3. Transfer the pork to the smoker.
  4. Insert the probe of a digital meat thermometer that is safe for BBQing into the thickest part of the meat - make sure to avoid large fat deposits and the bone as they will cook hotter than surrounding meat and give false high readings on the thermometer.
  5. Smoke on 150-160 degrees F for 4 hours.
  6. After 4 hours, Increase the temperature to 275 degrees F and continue to cook until the the meat thermometer registers 210-215 degrees F. Approximately 6-8 hours.
  7. When the pork has reached 210-215, remove from the smoker and transfer to a clean baking sheet.
  8. Power down the smoker according to manufacturer instructions.
  9. Allow the pork to cool for 30 - 60 minutes, or until cool enough to handle.
  10. Shred with two large forks or a pair of shredder claws.

Notes

To decrease cook time, you can bring the pork out of the fridge and allow it to sit on a baking sheet at room temperature for approximately an hour. The starting point for the meat won't be as cold as the refrigerator temperature and it will decrease the cooking time a tad.

The final cooking time also depends on the size of your pork shoulder, but you can expect it to take anywhere from 10-14 hours. If your pork shoulder is unusually large or unusually small, that will result in a cook time that is different from my general guidelines.

If you aren't able to start your shoulder early enough to get it done in time for your meal, you may consider cutting it into 2 smaller pieces or cooking it the day before and reheating it when you plan to serve it.

PRO TIPS FOR THE BEST PULLED PORK

Trim Excess Fat: Removing large chunks of fat prior to cooking will allow more surface area for the smoke to penetrate the meat.

Brining a pork shoulder helps the meat to retain moisture that is often lost when meat is exposed to long cook times.

Pork Shoulder Brine Times

  • 8-10 pounds: brine up to 32 hours, I prefer 24 hours
  • 6-8 pounds: 12-16 hours
  • 4-6 pounds: 6-8 hours

Score Your Meat : Score the top and bottom of your pork shoulder with a tic-tac-toe pattern (3-4 lines by 3-4 lines) before adding the rub. This exposes more surface area to the rub seasoning and greater smoke penetration.

Use a Pulled Pork Rub: Adding a rub to the exterior of your meat will give flavor and help develop that BBQ bark.

Cook by temp not time: You avoid overcooked dry meat and undercooked unsafe meat when you use a digital probe meat thermometer. I usually put the pork on first thing in the morning in order for it to be done by dinner.

If it finishes early, you can always remove it from the smoker, wrap it in plastic wrap, and place it on a large baking sheet inside an oven that is turned off.

Don't lift the lid: Heat and smoke escape every time you lift the lid.

Don't make panic induced adjustments: Meat can often experience a temperature “stall.” Don’t make the mistake of impatiently increasing the heat.

Rest the meat: Let the pork rest for 30-60  minutes before pulling it will be easier to pull and the meat will stay juicer.

Discard excess fat when pulling: Be sure to discard any large fat deposits from the interior as you discover them. No one wants to eat that stuff, and no one likes figuring out how to discretely get rid of it after they've discovered it in their mouth.

Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 704Total Fat 52gSaturated Fat 19gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 28gCholesterol 217mgSodium 164mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 56g

GoodLifeEats.com offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although GoodLifeEats.com makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Gerald Williams

Wednesday 9th of November 2022

Traeger makes pork shoulder easy to cook low and slow. I put an 8 pound butt roast directly on a 225 deg grill @11 pm, and went bed. At 6 a.m. the internal temp was 155 deg. I took it off to seal it in about 4 layers of foil along with 1 1/2 cups cider mixture and increased the grill temp to 275 deg. About 4 hours later, I took it off the Traeger when the int. temp reached 205 deg. To rest the shoulder I left it in the foil, put it in a big plastic bag, then an insulated bag, wrapped it in towels and finally put it in a cooler. Then I drove across the state line to serve after a two hour rest. It was still hot and perfectly cooked.

Katie

Monday 14th of November 2022

We have done the overnight smoke as well - with a pork shoulder and with a brisket - and both turn out great. Though once during the day we had a strange flare up with some flame so ever since then I don't really recommend smoking while asleep because you just never know if something could happen that would cause a danger/fire.

Todd

Wednesday 31st of August 2022

You litteraly left out the most important word from this paragraph for how to remove the residual salt. You left me hanging :) The best way to remove residual salt from the meat is to your meat after brining. This removes excess salt from the outside of the meat since you’ll then be adding a dry rub, which also contains salt, to the exterior.

Katie

Thursday 1st of September 2022

Sorry about that. Should say RINSE. Editing it now, thanks for pointing that out.

Stephen

Sunday 14th of August 2022

Pork shoulder came out of the shrink wrap smelling foul. Followed through on the recipe and smoked it on the Traeger. It still smelled foul and it was dry. Could not pull it apart. My dog enjoyed the skin and will get the rest over the course of the week. Just no way I can eat something that smells like that. Will never buy a pork shoulder again and waste my time trying to smoke it.

Katie

Monday 15th of August 2022

My guess is your meat was spoiled. Raw meat will not smell foul when it is fresh. Unfortunately, there is no recipe or cooking technique that will improve the smell or taste of spoiled meat. You might like this article on pork food safety from the USDA.

Brandon

Wednesday 27th of April 2022

I used this recipe along with your Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub. It was the BEST pulled pork I've ever made! Best and most delicious bark, nice deep smoke ring, very tender and absolutely amazing taste! Will be making this for a bunch of the family when they visit next month. Hopefully I have the same success the second time.

Katie

Thursday 28th of April 2022

Hi Brandon, thanks for sharing! I'm so glad it was a hit!

SpicySpud

Tuesday 7th of September 2021

I think you need to revamp your times. It took 15 hours 4 at 165 and 11 at 250 for me. It’s delicious but I overshot my dinner time and we had to go to an alternate. I took the pork off the grill at 1:30 am. It’s tasty and delicious though. I’ll time things differently next time. Lol.

Katie

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

Hi, sorry that it took so long for you. Perhaps your pork shoulder was a lot larger than mine? Anyhow, I will clarify in the instructions that the timing is for guideline purposes and that it will depend on how large your particular cut of meat is to reach the internal temperature.

Another thing you can do to slightly shorten the cook time is to allow the pork to sit at room temperature for approximately an hour after removing it from the fridge before you place it on the Traeger. That way the mean doesn't start refrigerator cold. You could try this when you add the rub on to the meat.

Glad to know you at least enjoyed the meat! Thanks for the feedback!

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