Pumpkin Spice Pulled Pork

Pumpkin Spice pulled pork is a delicious way to have pulled pork. So save that pumpkin pie spice for dinner, not dessert! I want to tantalize your tastebuds by adding a festive twist to this pulled pork recipe.

The nutmeg, cinnamon and sweet brown sugar with the juicy pork and tangy BBQ is a true winner! Everyone will love the sweet and savory contrast in this Fall BBQ must cook. 

Pumpkin Spice Pulled Pork

That is right we are making pumpkin spice pulled pork. Fall isn’t the only season to enjoy pumpkin spice so why not try it in your BBQ. You will love the smoky traditional pulled pork flavors with the warming spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. Below are some of the other reason this is a hot favorite in our house.

– A different style of pulled pork uniquely flavored with a pumpkin spice mixture giving it an Fall vibe. 

– This recipe is easy to follow and uses common ingredients. Just add love and patience!

– Pulled pork can be used to make many delicious meals, tacos, nachos or Sunday sandwiches come to mind!

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What You Need for Our Pumpkin Spiced Pulled Pork

  • Pork Butt/Shoulder
  • Brown Sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • Yellow Mustard
  • Black Pepper
  • Pumpkin Spice Mix (Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg & Ginger)
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Dark Beer
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Molasses
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Slow Cooker/Crockpot
  • Olive Oil
  • Meat Probe
  • Water
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How to Make Pumpkin Spice Pulled Pork

Step 1: Prepare the Pork for Slow Cooking

– In a small mixing bowl, mix together a teaspoon black pepper, salt, sugar, garlic & onion powder together.

– Add a teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mix and mix together thoroughly.

– Remove the pork shoulder from your refrigerator and pat down any excess water on the surface.

– Lightly coat in olive oil.

– Coat the pork shoulder in the spice mixture.

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Step 2: 1st Stage of Cooking the Pork Shoulder

– Set your smoker to a low 225°F.

– Insert your meat probe into the thickest part of the shoulder and be careful to avoid any bones.

– Cook slowly for 4-5 hours or until the internal temperature is 165°F.

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Step 3: 2nd Stage of Cooking the Pork Shoulder

– Use two large pieces of butcher paper and overlap them on kitchen bench. Place the pork at the paper on top of the seam and wrap, folding over the ends of the paper and rolling .

– Cook for a further 1 hour or until it reaches 203°F

– Remove the pork from your smoker and allow to rest for an hour

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Step 4: Finish the Pulled Pork

– Shred the meat and add BBQ sauce.

– Enjoy your pumpkin spiced pulled pork!

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Which Cut of Pork Should You Use?

We think pork shoulder or the famous Boston Butt is best suited to this dish! This is due to the high levels of intermuscular fat and connective tissue.

The longer cooking process breaks the fat and collagen down into tasty goodness!

Using a leaner cut will only produce dry meat and make it very hard to shred! This needs to be taken into consideration when choosing your cut.

What Temperature to Cook the Pumpkin Pork Shoulder?

The first stage of cooking pulled pork needs to be at a low 225°F while covered. The second stage of cooking is still 225°F while uncovered.

Note: Cooking covered while cooking for the longest will keep the moisture in and stop the meat from drying out. We will then reintroduce some moisture and cook uncovered at the same temperature.

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How Long Will It Take to Cook the Pork Shoulder?

The first stage of cooking will take around 4-5 hours. The second stage of cooking will take around 1 hour.

How to Store Leftover Pumpkin Spice Pulled Pork

Your delicious pulled pork meat can be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Did you know, a whole pork shoulder can weigh up to 18 pounds? It is likely you will have leftovers. Avoid the chance of bacteria growth by making sure the pork meat has cooled before adding it to the fridge.

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Can I Freeze Leftover Pumpkin Spice Pulled Pork?

Freeze pulled pork on the day of cooking in an airtight container for up to 1 month. Defrost in the microwave with some moisture like BBQ sauce or water to prevent the meat from drying.

What to Serve With Pumpkin Pulled Pork

On a bun as a burger

Homemade cheezits

Homemade garlic bread

Freshly made Tzatziki

Pumpkin Spiced Pulled Pork

You have to try this pumpkin spiced pulled pork recipe. The heavenly nutmeg and cinnamon with the sweet brown sugar… All matching with the salty pork and tangy BBQ, everyone will love the sweet and savory contrast in this Fall BBQ must cook. 
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time5 hours
Total Time6 hours
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, lunch, main, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, bbq, dinner, grill, lunch
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 510kcal
Author: Charlie
Cost: 18

Ingredients

  • Pork Butt/Shoulder
  • Brown Sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • Yellow Mustard
  • Black Pepper
  • Pumpkin Spice Mix Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg & Ginger
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Dark Beer
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Molasses
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Slow Cooker/Crockpot
  • Olive Oil
  • Meat Probe
  • Water

Instructions

  • – In a small mixing bowl, mix together a teaspoon black pepper, salt, sugar, garlic & onion powder together.
  • – Add a teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mix and mix together thoroughly.
  • – Remove the pork shoulder from your refrigerator and pat down any excess water on the surface.
  • – Lightly coat in olive oil.
  • – Coat the pork shoulder in the spice mixture.
  • – Set your smoker to a low 225°F.
  • – Insert your meat probe into the thickest part of the shoulder and be careful to avoid any bones.
  • – Cook slowly for 4-5 hours or until the internal temperature is 165°F.
  • – Use two large pieces of butcher paper and overlap them on kitchen bench. Place the pork at the paper on top of the seam and wrap, folding over the ends of the paper and rolling .
  • – Cook for a further 1 hour or until it reaches 203°F
  • – Remove the pork from your smoker and rest for an hour
  • – Wrap the cooked shoulder meat with foil and rest for 1 hour.
  • – Shred the meat and add BBQ sauce.
  • – Enjoy your pumpkin spiced pulled pork!

Smoke On!

Charlie

Hi, I’m Charlie, I have been meat-smoking and grilling for the past 15 years. I have an array of different smokers, thermometers, and have a love for finding the right wood and charcoal combo My favourite recipes are my EXTRA CRISPY smoked pork belly, juicy pulled pork, smoked brisket, duck poppers, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill).

I loves sharing his tips with beginners, helping them navigate the world of smoking. I find it’s not just about cooking; it’s a quest for that perfect smoky flavor.

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling recipes with you!

You can read more about me on our About Us page.

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