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.