Bob's Pulled Pork on a Smoker Recipe -
Bob's Pulled Pork on a Smoker Recipe
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Bob's Pulled Pork on a Smoker

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"This is the correct way to smoke a pork shoulder with professional results--from the brine, to the rub and sauce, to the rave reviews you will receive. Smoke is the key to breaking down the fat which adds flavor and moisture to the shoulder. Place in a bun with your favorite BBQ sauce."

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Original recipe makes 20 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    8 hrs

    20 hrs 10 mins


  1. Place pork shoulder in a large pot and add enough apple cider to cover. Combine white sugar, brown sugar, salt, paprika, onion powder, black pepper, and garlic powder in a bowl. Mix about 1/4 cup sugar rub into cider; reserve remaining rub.
  2. Cover pot and refrigerate for 12 hours.
  3. Prepare smoker to about 210 degrees F (99 degrees C). Add enough wood chips to smoker.
  4. Pour cider brine into the water pan of the smoker; add onion and about 1/4 cup more sugar rub. Spread remaining rub over pork shoulder. Transfer pork to the center of smoker.
  5. Smoke pork until very tender, about 8 hours. Monitor hickory chips and liquid, adding more wood and water, respectively, as needed. Transfer pork to a large platter and cool for 30 minutes before shredding with forks.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 21, 2014

I didn't use this for pulled pork, however I did use it on ribs and then again on chicken leg quarters. This has been the best recipe that I have found for smoking. The extra rub after the brining gives it a wonderfully sweet and slightly spicy flavor. The chicken skin came out smelling and tasting like bacon. The flavor worked it's way into the meat on the ribs and the chicken. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 01, 2015

Only reason I didn't like it is I had a 6.5 pound pork shoulder in my smoker for 10 hours at 210 - 220 degrees and it was definitely not done. Probably needs to smoke at 250 degrees for that amount of time...

Jul 05, 2014

Amazing flavor, everyone loved it. We ate this on buns with a homemade whiskey BBQ sauce. We used Jack Daniels brand chips (just for the heck of it, definitely didn't harm it any.) My only regret - we don't have any left!

May 31, 2014

Great Rub. I am going to try it on chicken.

Nov 10, 2014

This pork turned out amazing! I followed the recipe exactly but for some reason it wasn't done cooking after about 8 1/2 hours. I moved the pork to my slow cooker, added a can of beer, and set it on low and finished cooking it overnight. It had the perfect amount of smoke flavor with the added tenderness of cooking it in the slow cooker. It was a huge hit with my family and will be making this one many more times!

May 17, 2015

I have used this recipe twice and loved it! It honestly was the best pulled pork that I have ever had...our dinner guests agreed! The second time I made it, I completely covered the pork with yellow mustard prior to adding the dry rub...this created a wonderful thick bark. Every hour, I used a spray mop mixture of oil and apple cider vinegar (50/50). I also used apple wood chips in the smoker...yum! I promise that you will be thrilled with the results!

Dec 29, 2014

I mixed all ingredients for rub and Apple cider in stew pot. Warmed until sugars & Salt melted, cooled this mixture completely. Poured this over the pork Butt in a very large zip lock bag to brine for 48 hours. Took out of bag washed, dried and placed in oven for 6 hours at 225, then took to the grill for a 4 hour open pan smoke. This meat fell apart and was SO moist. My friends loved it! Great mix of ingredients for a delicious flavor.

Apr 12, 2015

Used this rub with a 3 lb pork loin in an electric smoker. Best pork loin I've ever had. The apple juice/rub marinated (overnight) seems to have added a subtle sweetness to the meat. That coupled with the sweet and spiciness of the rub makes it almost addictive. Specifics: * Rub - added about a teaspoon of chili powder for some spiciness * 3 lb pork loin marinated in 1 gallon zip-lock bag containing apple juice and 1/4 cup of the rub. * Cooked in electric smoker at about 250-275F for roughly 3 hours (to target internal temp of 145F) * Wrap in heavy duty aluminum foil, continue cooking for roughly 2.5 hours (to target internal temp of 180F) VERY tender (but doesn't fall apart). Excellent.


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  • Calories
  • 442 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 15.2 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 104 mg
  • 35%
  • Fat
  • 32.1 g
  • 49%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 23.7 g
  • 47%
  • Sodium
  • 2691 mg
  • 108%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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