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Smoked Q Pulled Pork
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Smoked Pulled Pork

Low and slow. Pork shoulder is one of the classics for summer time smoking. This recipe is tried and true, so try it the next time you are serving to that big group of family and friends.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Resting Time45 mins
Total Time9 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pork, Pulled Pork, Smoked Q Pulled Pork
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 275kcal
Cost: $29


  • Traeger Timberline
  • Traeger Apple Hardwood Pellets




  • 1 Roll Cling Wrap
  • 1 Roll Aluminum Foil
  • 1 Pan 6x9 Aluminum Plan (Disposable)
  • 1 Squeeze Bottle



  • Starting somewhere between eight and 24 hours prior to your desired smoking time, begin by trimming the excess fat off pork shoulder.
    Smoked Q Pulled Pork - Fat trim
  • Then season with Rock's Coffee Rub (or your favorite rub) on all sides. If desired, start by spraying the pork shoulder with Apple juice before you apply the rub, then again after shaking on the rub.
    Smoked Q Pulled Pork - Rub Seasoning
  • Lastly wrap the rubbed pork shoulder tightly on all sides with cling wrap.
    Smoked Q Pulled Pork - Wrapping


  • When you are ready for your smoke, set the temperature to 250°F and preheat, lid closed for about 15 minutes.
    Smoked Q Traeger Timberline 1300
  • Put pork shoulder directly on the grill grate and cook until the internal temperature reaches 160°F about 4-5 hours.
    Smoked Q Pulled Pork - Set on Smoker
  • Layer four large pieces of aluminum foil on top of each other, ensuring they are wide enough to wrap the pork butt entirely on all sides. Then remove the pork shoulder from the smoker and place on the foil,
  • Begin wrapping three sides (closing one end) of the first layer of foil. Then pour apple juice on top of the pork shoulder, and a little into the open end. Wrap the remaining layers of foil tightly around the pork, ensuring the apple juice does not escape.
    Smoked Q Pulled Pork - Foil Wrap
  • Place the foil-wrapped pork shoulder back on the grill and cook until the internal temperature reaches 200°F in the thickest part of the meat, roughly another 3-4 hours longer depending on the size of the pork shoulder.
  • Once to temp, remove from the grill and allow the pork to rest for 45 minutes in the foil. Then remove the foil and pour off excess liquid into a holding pan or bowl.
  • Place the pork a large cutting board or dish and for the first test, attempt to "slide" the bone out gently. If it pulls out smoothly, you know you've done a good job!
    Smoked Q Pulled Pork - Shredding
  • After shredding the meat, take the slightly cooled liquid and pour into a squeeze bottle. Use this to "re-hydrate" or further flavor the meat and feel free to use some more of the Rock's Coffee Rub to flavor to taste.


Calories: 275kcal