Simple Smoked Pork Butt


I have been using this method for years and always have perfect results for making pulled pork. This will give you tender, juicy, fall-apart meat. This method works equally as well on smaller or bigger pork butts. The final internal temperature of the meat is what's important. Smoking meat is an all-day affair, but well worth the time investment! I like to use a variety of wood chips, including maple, apple and bourbon barrel. Serve with your favorite sauce.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 hrs
Additional Time:
9 hrs
Total Time:
19 hrs 10 mins
1 8-pound pork butt


  • 1 (8 pound) pork butt, bone-in

  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard

  • cup BBQ rub

  • wood chips


  1. Cut a few slashes in a crosshatch pattern across the fat cap of the pork butt. Rub mustard on top. Massage BBQ rub into the meat, getting it into the cuts. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate, 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Preheat a smoker to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Add wood chips according to manufacturer's instructions.

  3. Place pork butt on rack, with a drip pan underneath to minimize the mess. Smoke until internal temperature of meat reaches 200 to 203 degrees F (93 to 95 degrees C), 10 to 16 hours, depending on size of pork butt and outside temperature.

  4. Remove pork butt from smoker, wrap in foil, and let rest for 1 hour. Remove bone and shred pork.

Cook's Notes:

Use 1/2 recipe of my Brown Sugar BBQ Rub or your favorite rub.

If your pork butt gets done early, wrap it in foil, place in a small cooler and pack towels around it to fill up the air space. It will stay warm for 5 to 6 hours.

The meat will likely hit a stall around 160 degrees F (71 degrees C) where the temperature will not move up for a couple hours. You may wish to wrap the butt in foil at this time to help get it going, or just wait it out.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

237 Calories
17g Fat
1g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 237
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 806mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 280mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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