Texas Style Pulled Pork

Course: Dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pork, pulled pork, smoked
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 9 hours
Servings: 10 people
Smoked Pulled Porked Shoulder butt cooked low and slow over apple and hickory wood with a Texas style rub pulled pork recipe that is out of this world!
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  • 1/2 cup kosher salt USE KOSHER, NOT TABLE SALT
  • 1/2 cup ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup paprika
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp granulated garlic
  • 2 tbsp granulated onion
  • 2 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp celery salt


  • 8-10 lb pork shoulder butt
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar/apple juice in a spritzer bottle


  • Prepare your pork butt. trimming any excess fat leaving about 1/4 inch of fat on the fat cap side. Trim off any unwanted glands or cartridge as well. Pat dry with a paper towel, then spread a light coat of mustard.
  • With your rub ingredients combined, liberally coat your pork butt. You shouldn't see anything but your rub on the pork.
  • Preheat your smoker to 235. Place your pork butt, fat side up on the grates. Close the smoker and don't peek for about 2 hours. Spritz every hour after the 2 hour mark.
  • At around the 4-5 hour mark start probing for temperature. When you get to about 160, it's time to wrap. Taking a couple 18x30 sheets of aluminum foil. Remove your pork butt from the grates with a towel and place on the foil fat side down; spritz one more time. Wrap as tightly as possible so that you don't lose any of that bark. Double wrap so that the foil doesn't tear on the grates.
  • At this point your pork butt has taken all the smoke its going to get. You can either leave the temperature at 235, or increase to around 275 to speed up the process. Place the pork butt fat side down onto the grate and close. Probe for tenderness and temperature at the 7 or 8 hour mark until the internal temperature is around 200-205. If you can easily pull the blade from the meat, you're ready to take off the grill.
  • Keep wrapped and let rest off the grill for about 30-45 minutes. Pull away and enjoy!


Wood tip: I use a 30/70 blend of apple to hickory pellets in my pellet grill.
If your pulled pork is done earlier than you desire, keep wrapped in foil, and place in a cooler, packed with paper. This will hold the temperature for at least 2-3 hours!