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Bob's Pulled Pork on a Smoker

"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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Ingredients

20 h 10 m servings 442 cals
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Nutrition

  • Calories:
  • 442 kcal
  • 22%
  • Fat:
  • 32.1 g
  • 49%
  • Carbs:
  • 15.2g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 23.7 g
  • 47%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 104 mg
  • 35%
  • Sodium:
  • 2691 mg
  • 108%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  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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Reviews

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Most helpful positive review

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 regre...

Most helpful critical review

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 amo...

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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 regre...

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 br...

Great flavor. We followed the recipe exactly. The only thing we did differently was, once the pork reached 165 degrees, we pulled it out of the smoker, double wrapped in heavy duty foil, and p...

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 amo...

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 ...

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 cou...

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 brini...

I took the original and made a few changes based on comments I read in other reviews and my own ideas. 1. I used a bone in pork shoulder for more flavor. 2. I used apple wood to enhance the fla...

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 i...

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