Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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9:45 - Prep 0:15 / Cook 9:30

An American classic, smoked pulled pork sandwiches are a favorite for most people because they're tender, juicy and delicious.

6 Servings


  • 8 - 10 pound pork shoulder
  • handful oak and apple wood chunks
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup apple juice
  • sandwich buns
  • your favorite coleslaw
  • your favorite barbecue sauce
Classic Barbecue Rub
  • 3 tablespoons hot paprika
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
Sweet & Tangy Finishing Sauce
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
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1. Preheat your smoker to 225°F.
2. Combine all rub ingredients in a bowl and mix with your fingers to break up any lumps.
3. Apply a generous amount of the rub on all sides of the pork shoulder.
4. Place the pork shoulder in your smoker with 5 to 6 wood chunks on top of hot coals. Cook until the deepest section of the meat reaches an internal temperature of 205°F, or about 8 1/2 hours.
Hot TipUse an instant read thermometer to determine the internal temperature of the pork.
5. Spray or mop the shoulder while cooking with an equal blend of apple cider vinegar and apple juice. Do this every hour to keep the meat moist.
6. While the pork is cooking, mix all sauce ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes.
7. Once the pork shoulder has reached its targeted temperature, remove from your smoker and place in a large aluminum drip pan. Cover with aluminum foil and let rest for 1 hour.
8. Using our American Meat Claws or our Disposable BBQ Gloves, shred the pork shoulder and discard any bones or sizable chunks of fat. Once fully shredded, pour the finishing sauce over the meat.
9. Assemble the sandwiches with buns, coleslaw and your favorite barbecue sauce.
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