Recipe: Smoked Pulled Pork
Pulled pork can be found on BBQ menus across the country. Each region treats their pulled pork with different spices and sauces. This recipe is a nod to the Kansas City style pulled pork and features our KC Style BBQ rub. To complete the KC experience, try it with our small batch Midwestern Sweet BBQ Sauce.
- 1 (5 to 8 lb.) pork shoulder (bone-in or boneless)
- 10 to 24 tsp. ‘Cue Glue (2 to 3 tsp. per pound meat), optional*
- 5 to 8 tsp. Salt & Pepper Tableside Seasoning (1 tsp. per pound meat)
- 5 to 8 tsp. Team Sweet Mama’s KC Style Rub (1 tsp. per pound meat)
Try with one of our Small Batch BBQ Sauces:
- Midwestern Sweet Barbecue Sauce
- Southern Gold Barbecue Sauce
- Hot Pepper Vinegar Barbecue Sauce
- Black Dust Coffee & Spice Barbecue Sauce
*Savory's 'Cue Glue helps the seasoning stick to your protein and creates a chewy yet tender bark. Simply slather on 2 to 3 tsp. per pound on all sides of the meat before applying the seasoning.
Slather shoulder on all sides with 'Cue Glue if using before rubbing shoulder with seasoning. Rub shoulder generously with salt & pepper and BBQ seasoning to coat. Set rubbed shoulder aside while you get the smoker ready. Use the 3-2-1 method to smoke-roast-grill the shoulder:
- 3 hours in the smoker: Get smoker set up with wood of choice and heat to 250 to 275 degrees. Set shoulder in smoker and maintain temperature range while shoulder smokes for 3 hours.
- 2 hours in the oven: Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Wrap shoulder in Directions cont.: aluminum foil and add 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar to the wrap. Set foil packet on a baking sheet and roast shoulder for 2 hours.
- 1 hour on the grill: About 30 min. before removing shoulder from oven, heat grill to 300 degrees, keeping heat all to one side. Remove shoulder from oven and remove the foil wrap. Place shoulder on grill on the opposite side of the heat. Close lid and check temperature every 15 min. or so, basting or saucing if desired each time you check. Shoulder is done when internal temperature reaches 200 degrees, which takes about an hour. Let rest for 15 to 20 min. before serving.
- To serve: Use two forks to pull the shoulder apart into smaller pieces.
Serve on a barbecue plate or between two buns for a sandwich. Makes a great topping for baked potatoes or nachos. Try with one of our Small Batch BBQ Sauces.