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Pulled Pork 4

8 servings
Prep info
10 min prep & 20 min prep grill + 2 hrs grill + 3 hrs bake + 30 min rest + 10 min shred
Prep time
Not set
Cook time
6 hours
Time required
6 hours
Oven preheat
Mains - Misc
Not tried


  • Spice Rub and Pork
  • 3 T dry mustard
  • 1.5 T Sugar (Light Brown)
  • 2 T Salt (Table)
  • 2 t freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 t paprika
  • 1/4 t cayenne pepper
  • 1 pork shoulder (4 to 5 pounds, bone-in or boneless)
  • 4 c wood chips (soaked for 15 minutes)
  • Mustard Barbecue Sauce
  • 1/2 c mustard (yellow)
  • 1/2 c Sugar (Light Brown)
  • 1/4 c vinegar (white)
  • 2 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 T hot sauce
  • 1 t Salt (Table)
  • 1 t freshly ground black pepper


1. For the spice rub and pork: Combine dry mustard, brown sugar, salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne, breaking up any lumps. Dry pork with paper towels and rub all over with spice mixture. (Roast can be wrapped tightly in plastic and refrigerated for 24 hours.)

2. Seal wood chips in foil packet and cut vent holes in top. Open bottom vent on grill. Light 50 coals; when covered with fine gray ash, pour in pile on one side of grill. Arrange foil packet directly on coals. Set cooking grate in place and heat, covered, with lid vent open halfway until wood chips begin to smoke heavily, about 5 minutes. (For gas grill, place foil packet directly on primary burner. Heat all burners on high, covered, until wood chips begin to smoke heavily, about 15 minutes. Leave primary burner on high and shut other burner[s] off.) Scrape and oil cooking grate. Place pork on cool side of grill and barbecue, covered, until exterior of pork has a rosy crust, about 2 hours.

3. For the mustard barbecue sauce and to finish: Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Whisk mustard, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire, hot sauce, salt, and pepper in bowl until smooth. Transfer pork to roasting pan and brush 1/2 cup sauce over meat. Cover roasting pan tightly with foil and bake until fork inserted into pork can be removed with no resistance, 2 to 3 hours. Remove from oven and rest, still wrapped in foil, for 30 minutes. Unwrap pork and, when cool enough to handle, pull meat into thin shreds, discarding fat, if desired. Toss pork with remaining sauce. Serve.


Notes from source: Pork shoulder—usually labeled pork butt or Boston butt—comes both boneless (usually wrapped in netting) or on the bone. The boneless roast is easier to handle, but either one can be used in this recipe. If your roast weighs more than 5 pounds, plan on an extra 30 to 60 minutes of oven time. The cooked meat can be shredded or chopped.