How to Smoke Pork Shoulder

Carolina-style smoked Pork Shoulder: While the spice rub isn't classic Carolina-style, I'm a big fan of a punchy sweet crust to compliment the succulent shredded meat.

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How to Smoke Pork Shoulder Recipe
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Soak the wood chips.  2-6 hours ideally.

Soak the wood chips. 2-6 hours ideally.

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Rinse and clean the pork shoulder.  Remove the skin, but not all marbling (fat) for that is the source of flavoring.

Rinse and clean the pork shoulder. Remove the skin, but not all marbling (fat) for that is the source of flavoring.

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Keep the skin sleeve intact for easiest removal.  Pull it away from the meat as you cut - the fat doesn't have good elastic strength and will separate as you cut more easily.

Keep the skin sleeve intact for easiest removal. Pull it away from the meat as you cut - the fat doesn't have good elastic strength and will separate as you cut more easily.

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Spice Rub classic components: Brown sugar, black pepper, mustard powder, onion and garlic powder, paprika and ground ginger.

Spice Rub classic components: Brown sugar, black pepper, mustard powder, onion and garlic powder, paprika and ground ginger.

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Spice Rub: A few pinches of everything. Grapefruit and orange zest for citrus-edge. Sage and parsley for some earthy herb flavor. Chili flakes and chili powder for some kick.  Any spice rub leftovers.

Spice Rub: A few pinches of everything. Grapefruit and orange zest for citrus-edge. Sage and parsley for some earthy herb flavor. Chili flakes and chili powder for some kick. Any spice rub leftovers.

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Don't rub the rub.  Sprinkle it.  Rubbing it into the meat will result in too heavy of a caked layer unless your meat surface is extremely dry already.

Don't rub the rub. Sprinkle it. Rubbing it into the meat will result in too heavy of a caked layer unless your meat surface is extremely dry already.

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Light up your smoker (I'm a Green Egg'er).  Allow 30 minutes to get charcoal hot.  Then disburse it and set soaked wood chips atop the coals.

Light up your smoker (I'm a Green Egg'er). Allow 30 minutes to get charcoal hot. Then disburse it and set soaked wood chips atop the coals.

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Stabilize the smoker temperature around 200 degrees F.

Stabilize the smoker temperature around 200 degrees F.

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Place the meat on the grill and smoke away!

Place the meat on the grill and smoke away!

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Keep the smoke moist by adding new wet chips every hour.  Keep the temperature in the 150-200F range.

Keep the smoke moist by adding new wet chips every hour. Keep the temperature in the 150-200F range.

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Pull the Pork! Using two forks pull the pork into strands.

Pull the Pork! Using two forks pull the pork into strands.

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Consume & enjoy!

Consume & enjoy!

Ingredients

Pork Shoulder (aka Boston Butt) 
¾ Cups Brown Sugar 
2 Tablespoons Paprika (Mild) 
1 Teaspoon Ground Chili Pepper 
1 Teaspoon Mustard Powder 
½ Teaspoons Garlic Salt 
1 Tablespoon Ground Black Pepper 
1 Pinch Salt 
1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger 
2 Pinches Orange Zest 
½ Teaspoons Onion Powder 
1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds 
1 Pinch Celery Salt 
2 Pinches Grapefruit Zest 
1 Pinch Dried Sage 
1 Pinch Dried Parsley 
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