One of the most common BBQ eats is a pulled pork sandwich or platter. One of the BBQ Examiner’s most frequent requests is for instructions on how to best smoke the pork so that it actually pulls apart.
Here is all you’ll need:
1. Smoker (wood burning)
2. Pork Butt (6lb)
3. Pork Rub (Jack’s Old South)
4. Apple Juice
5. Liquid Sprayer
The first step is to make sure your pork gets a good rub on it. Put the pork in a roasting pan and start seasoning. Make sure the rub gets all over the pork and be generous; you can never get too much rub on it.
Once rubbed down, cover the pan with aluminum foil to plastic wrap and put in the fridge overnight. this allows the rub to settle and some of the flavor will transfer to the meat.
Now that the meat is rested you’re ready to get smokin! Once you light your fire you will need to make sure your smoker vents are wide open. This will allow the fire to breath and heat up quickly but you will want it to settle to about 250 degrees before starting your pork. You can adjust the heat through the process by opening and closing your vents.
With the heat at about 250 place your rubbed pork butt on the smoker fat side up. This is so the fat juices will run down and through the pork throughout the process keeping it moist. At 6lb the pork butt will need to smoke for about 8 hours total.
At the halfway mark, fill your liquid spray bottle with apple juice and give the pork a nice coating of juice. This is not only add moisture but give a nice color to the bark.
With about 2 hours to go, take the pork butt and place it in aluminum foil for the last 2 hours. This will help get the internal temperature up and keep a lot of juice “in-house” and along with the apple juice should help keep it nice and moist.
Once the internal temperature has reached 185-190 degrees, go ahead and remove the butt from the smoker and allow resting for about 5-10 minutes. This will let the juices settle back into the meat and you won’t lose them when you start to pull it apart.
You’ve got a rested pork butt and you’re hungry so the hardest part begins. Start pulling it apart! Some people like to have chunkier pieces and some like really fine; it is completely up to you. Once you’re done pulling, grad some bread and make yourself a treat because you deserve it!
If you have some tips on how to smoke a pork butt or anything else I want to hear from you! Please send you recipe and process to [email protected] or tweet me @JCspecial.