Smoked Pork Shoulder

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8:20 - Prep 0:20 / Cook 8:00

Brushed with Dijon mustard, rubbed with barbeque spices and cooked for 8 hours, this Smoked Pork Shoulder is tender and juicy. Mop sauce, with a dash of hot sauce, keeps the meat moist and subtly increases the spice index. Shred it for sandwiches or serve as a main dish with cole slaw and a side of baked beans.

Pork shoulder is an ideal cut, especially if you’re new to smoking. The shoulder’s higher fat content keeps it moist and tender, even with prolonged smoking.

8-10 Servings


Pork Shoulder
  • 1 pork shoulder, 6 to 8 pounds
  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • handful oak and apple wood chunks
Dry Rub
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
Mop Sauce
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
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1. Preheat your smoker to 250°F.
2. Brush the pork shoulder with Dijon mustard.
3. In a medium-size bowl, combine brown sugar, paprika, salt, white pepper, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and cayenne pepper. Mix with your fingers to break up any lumps.
4. Generously rub the pork shoulder with the dry rub until covered completely.
5. Whisk together apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, black pepper and hot sauce in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Set aside.
6. Place pork shoulder in the smoker and toss 4-6 wood chunks onto the hot coals. Cook for about 8 hours until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 200°F on an instant read thermometer. Mop the shoulder every hour with mop sauce to keep it moist.
Hot TipTransfer the mop sauce to a spray bottle to spritz the pork shoulder instead of mopping.
7. When the pork shoulder reaches its targeted temperature, remove it from the smoker and cover with aluminum foil. Let rest at room temperature for 1 hour.
8. Shred the pork shoulder using meat claws or pull it apart with your hands, protected by nitrile kitchen gloves. Serve and enjoy.
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