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Pull Apart Pork Shoulder

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Pulled Pork Full Shred

Pull Apart Pork Shoulder

Pulled pork is a delicious and savory dish that is enjoyed in backyards everywhere. This slow-cooked recipe is made from pork shoulder cooked for 12-13 hours until it shreds apart easily. The result is a mouth watering and satisfying meal that is perfect for any occasion. Whether you're hosting a backyard barbecue or just looking for a tasty dinner option, pulled pork is sure to be a hit with everyone at the table.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 13 hours
Rest Time 1 hour
Total Time 14 hours 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Barbecue
Servings 7 people
Calories 7 kcal

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Instructions
 

Pull Apart Pork Shoulder Cook

  • Begin by setting the temperature of your Traeger TimberlineXL grill to 225º and turn on the Super Smoke feature. This will allow you to achieve the perfect balance of smoky flavor and tender texture.
  • While the smoker comes to temp, prepare the pork shoulder for smoking, by trimming off the excess fat. For optimal results with this recipe, it is recommended to remove a significant portion of the fat cap.
  • Next use yellow mustard as a binder to ensure the seasoning adheres properly to the meat. Spread the mustard evenly on all sides of the meat. Once that is done, generously apply Rock's Summer BBQ and Rock's Hey Boo! Spice Blend to all edges and surfaces of the meat for a well-rounded flavor profile
  • Now, it's time to take your grilling game to the next level! Simply insert your Meater+ smart thermometer and let the magic begin. Your cook will stay on track every step of the way.
  • Place the seasoned pork shoulder on your Traeger Timberline XL grill that has been preheated to 225º and set to Super Smoke.
  • For the first round of cooking, it's recommended to spray the pork shoulders with a combination of 1 part apple cider vinegar and 4 parts water every 2-3 hours.
  • After smoking for approximately 8 hours, the pork shoulder will attain an internal temperature ranging from 165-170º. At this point, remove the pork shoulder from the grill and transfer it to an 8×5 aluminum pan. Next, pour a small quantity of the vinegar-water mixture into the base of the pan. Finally, cover the pan with aluminum foil.
  • To complete the cook, adjust your Traeger Timberline XL to a temperature of 250º. Then, allow the pork shoulder to cook for another 4-5 hours until the internal temperature reaches 203º. This will ensure that the fat has rendered down and that the pork shoulder is able to be pulled apart and shredded.
  • After reaching the internal temperature of 203º pull the pork shoulder off, pour the pan juice into a fat separator and shut down your Traeger Timberline XL. It's important to let it rest for an hour before shredding. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a more tender and flavorful dish. During the resting process, the meat will continue to cook slightly. Your patience will be rewarded with delicious and juicy pulled pork.

Re-Heat

  • Often when we prepare this Pull Apart Pork Shoulder recipe, we usually cook it a day ahead and reheat it the following day. To start, set your Traeger Timberline XL to 350º and wait for it to reach the desired temperature. As we wait, transfer the juice from the pork shoulder's fat separator to a squeeze bottle.
  • Now you can take out your 8×5 aluminum pan filled with shredded pork shoulder. Pour some of the juice that has been separated from the fat over the pork, and then sprinkle a bit of Rock's Summer BBQ and Rock's Hey Boo! Spice Blend on top. Place the pan on the smoker and let cook for approximately 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, remove the cover from the pan and pour in more of the juice separated from the fat, as well as additional quantities of Rock's Summer BBQ and Rock's Hey Boo! Spice Blends. Use your hands to thoroughly incorporate.
  • Once 40 minutes have passed, you should taste the food to check if it has been reheated. If it is ready, you can transfer the warm pans to a Yeti cooler which is insulated with a warm blanket. This will help keep the food warm for as long as you need it to stay warm.

Learn a little more

Pulled pork is a beloved dish in the Southern region of the United States, which traces back to the early colonial days. Pigs were a common source of food for settlers back then, and they roamed freely and ate acorns and nuts, giving their meat a unique taste.
As pigs became more domesticated and farm-raised, the cooking process evolved as well. Early settlers would cook pork in large cast iron pots over an open flame, slowly cooking the meat until it was tender and could be pulled apart. This method helped to break down the tough fibers in the pork.
Pulled pork’s popularity grew over time, and it became a staple at outdoor gatherings and barbecues. Today, there are many ways to prepare pulled pork, such as smoking it over hardwood or slow-cooking it in a crockpot. However, the basic process of cooking pork low and slow remains the same, resulting in tender, flavorful, and falling apart meat.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Pull Apart Pork Shoulder
Serving Size
 
0.5 lbs
Amount per Serving
Calories
7
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.03
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.1
g
Cholesterol
 
0.1
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
45
mg
2
%
Potassium
 
22
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
0.4
g
0
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
0.1
g
0
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
2
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
0.01
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
6
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Mike 'Rock' Rauch

Hey! I’m just a backyard pitmaster excited to share my experience in barbecuing with you! I’ve spent over 14 years perfecting my skills, testing and refining flavors to bring my favorites to your backyard. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to take your taste buds on a new culinary journey.

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