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BBQ Pulled Pork: How to Smoke a Boston Butt

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Perfectly tender smoked Boston butt that is packed with flavor! This is the must-have recipe you need for all your summer events! 

We live in a little neighborhood where people just keep to themselves. That is the polite way of saying we avoid each other. We avoid each other like the plague actually. It is the kind of neighborhood where you peek outside and make sure nobody else is out before you make a beeline to your car.

I am totally guilty of pretending to be talking on my phone on more than one occasion when I pull up and someone is outside. It is just not a neighborly neighborhood.

But there is one exception to the awkward avoided glances and silence. And that is when Mr. Maebell breaks out the smoker. When that smoker is full of juicy ribs or a perfect smoked Boston butt, suddenly our neighbors get a bit more friendly. The smell of BBQ wafting through the air puts them in a trance-like state and they forget we are supposed to be strangers. 

I can’t say I blame our neighbors. There is nothing like the smell of a grill going in the summertime! Today, I’m sharing how to smoke a Boston butt. I am sure there are some grilling enthusiast who do lots of other little things to really amp up the flavor, but I am giving you the easy version. The beginners guide to BBQ, if you will.

For this smoked pulled pork on the grill, we prepped it the night before by smearing a generous dose of yellow mustard all over the meat. Don’t freak out if you hate mustard, you don’t taste it at all. It is simply your “glue” it is what helps your rub really grip onto the meat and form that beautiful, flavorful crust when it is done.

Now that rub I mentioned, I combine a few basic pantry staples to make a sweet and smokey rub that is to die for. Then we wrapped it up with aluminum foil and sat it in the fridge overnight.

We smoked it low and slow for about 9 hours. The only hard part during this time is resisting the urge to take it off early. But you really want to leave it on until the temp reaches 195F so you have fall off the bone BBQ! Then grab two forks and get to work!

I served this with slaw (of course) a little extra BBQ sauce on toasted Canyon Bakehouse buns. It was absolutely perfect, super juicy and full of smokey flavor!

Ingredients for a Smoked Boston Butt

For this smoked pulled pork recipe, you’ll need the following basic ingredients:

  • Boston butt
  • Yellow mustard
  • Brown sugar
  • Chili powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Black pepper
  • Paprika  

How to Smoke a Boston Butt

  1. Combine the pulled pork rub ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Spread the mustard all over the Boston butt.
  3. Rub the spice mix into the meat, make sure to cover it completely.
  4. Wrap the meat with aluminum foil and refrigerate until ready to smoke.
  5. When ready to cook, heat your smoker to 250 degrees F and place the boston butt in the center of the grill.
  6. Remove from grill when the internal temp reaches 195 degrees F.
  7. Before pulling apart, let meat sit for 10 minutes.

How Long to Smoke a Boston Butt? 

In total, you’ll need to smoke the Boston butt for 9 to 10 hours, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 195 degrees F. Make sure the temperature of the smoker never goes above 300 degrees F. 

Tips for Cooking a Boston Butt

  • The easiest way to distribute the pulled pork rub over the meat is for one person to sprinkle the seasoning on the meat while the other rubs it in. You want to be very generous here — really rub it in and completely cover the meat. You want the whole thing to be packed with flavor in every single bite.
  • When you take it off the grill, be sure to let the smoked Boston butt sit for 10 minutes so all the juices settle and you get the best flavor.
  • We used the smoked pulled pork to make bbq pulled pork sandwiches, but you can also add the meat to salads, wraps, quesadillas, and so much more! 

More Easy Smoker Recipes: 

  • Smoked Whole Turkey 
  • Smoked Buffalo Drumsticks 
  • Smoked Pork Tenderloin 

 

Smoked Boston Butt

Yield:
12
Prep Time:
10 minutes
Cook Time:
9 hours
Rest Time:
10 minutes
Total Time:
9 hours 20 minutes

Perfectly tender smoked Boston butt that is packed with flavor! This is the must-have recipe you need for all your summer events! 


Ingredients

  • 6-7 pound Boston Butt
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard (enough to cover)
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika

Instructions

    1. Combine the brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and paprika in a small bowl, set aside.
    2. Spread the mustard all over the boston butt covering it completely.
    3. Rub the spice mix into the meat, make sure to cover it completely.
    4. Wrap the meat with aluminum foil and refrigerate until ready to smoke.
    5. When ready to cook, heat your smoker to 250 degrees F and place the boston butt in the center of the grill.
    6. Smoke for 9-10 hours, making sure the heat never increases above 300 degrees.
    7. Remove from grill when the internal temp reaches 195 degrees F. Before pulling apart, let meat sit for 10 minutes.
Nutrition Information:

Yield: 12

Serving Size: 1

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 723Total Fat: 50gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 228mgSodium: 242mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 62g

To avoid any confusion I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count, as it is not known to affect blood glucose levels. To calculate Keto recipes listed on this site carbs – fiber = net carbs.

I use Nutrifox as my nutrition calculator. This nutrition information is an estimate based on the information provided by Nutrifox and the specific ingredients I used.

 

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