Pulled Pork Recipe (Done on My Weber Kettle)

A Weber Kettle is’nt just for grilling steaks and sausages.

I recently smoked a pork shoulder low and slow. It is perfect for shredding and turning into pulled pork.

You just need to set it up for indirect cooking using the minion method(which is super easy once you have done it once before).

A pork shoulder (or pork butt as others call it) needs to be the low and slow cook.

This allows all the connective tissue to melt down and create that juicy tender pork we all love! This is one of the first things that ALWAYS runs out at our cookouts!

8 Easy Steps to Juicy Pulled Pork

Below are 8 steps for the pulled pork recipe. I used my Weber Kettle for this BBQ pork and it came out perfectly, lets do this!

Step 1

First, you need to get the coals going. We use the minion method. This is when just add a big pile of unlit coals to the bottom of your Weber Kettle.

Then you want to mix in your woodchips. We used cherrywood for this pork shoulder.  Then using your charcoal chimney, light a small amount of coals and put them on top.

The unlit coals will slowly ignite over the cook. Use the vents to increase the temperature at the start.

Set up the grill for indirect cooking. Place your drip pan as far away from the heat as you can.

Step 2

You need to prep the pork. Some people like to trim or score it. I leave the majority of the fat cap on, as it helps keep the meat moist and it renders nicely. Just give the fat a rub with olive oil.

Step 3

When I smoke a pork shoulder we either use a coffee rub or Killer Hogs Hot Rub

In this cook, we used a homemade coffee rub (you can see our recipe for that below). Make sure you coat it evenly. The seasoning is what gives you that delicious bark on the meat.

Ingredients for Coffee Rub

1 tablespoon ground coffee
2 tablespoon kosher salt
4 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoon dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons chile powder
2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon black pepper

Step 4

Once your Weber is at 250°F, place your pork shoulder on the grates over the drip pan. Now you can adjust your top vent so that your temperature stays at 250°F. Just check the internal temperature every 30 minutes.

To control the temperature just remember that closing the vents will decrease the temperature and opening them will increase the temperature.

Each time  you check the temperature also give the meat a spitz with a mix of apple juice and apple cider vinegar, this will help your bark develop,

Step 5

Allow the pork butt to cook until you reach an internal temperature of 150°F (this will take around 3-4 hours). At 150°F the pork will begin to stall.

Essentially, the stall is just the meat sweating. As the meat cooks its contracts, this pushes any moisture in the meat to the surface. The moisture then evaporates and cools the ambient and surface temperature of the meat, therefore slowing the cook down.

To combat this, you should wrap your pork in aluminum foil or butcher’s paper and put it back on the grill.

Step 6

You want to reach an internal temperature of 205°F, this will take around 4 hours from when you wrapped the pork.

When checking the temperature use a probe thermometer and ensure you probing it in the thickest part.

Step 7

Once you reach 205°F  remove the pork shoulder from the grill. Leave it in the foil and wrap in a towel. Allow it to rest for at least 45 minutes.

Step 8

Remove the foil and place your pork shoulder in a fil tray. Using either two folks or bear claws shred the meat into small pieces. Then take your BBQ sauce and cover the pork and mix. Then serve any way you like, our favorite is pulled pork tacos. Just make sure you have all your favorite toppings on hand!

container of pulled pork made from smoked pork shoulder, pulled using bear claws

Wondering What Wood To Use?

Our favorite wood to use for pulled pork is pecan or cherrywood. I like that cherrywood gives a nice mild and sweet taste.

Not only does it have a good flavor it will last a long time. As this cook can be over 7 hours, it’s a good option.

I also like to use pecan, is it’s a nice middle ground between fruity yet strong. It is not as hard-hitting as hickory but much stronger than your regular fruitwoods.

Try to avoid using Alderwood or mesquite when smoking pork.

Pulled Pork on a Weber Kettle

This pork shoulder is cooked low and slow on a Weber Kettle, It smoky, juicy and falls apart with the touch of a folk All you need to is add some BBQ sauce at the end your have some EPIC pulled pork.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: main, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, bbq, dinner, grill
Servings: 10 serves
Calories: 449kcal
Author: Charlie
Cost: 15

Equipment

  • Weber Grill

Ingredients

Pulled Pork

  • 6-10 lb pork shoulder
  • 1.5 cup apple cider vingar
  • 1.5 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce

Coffee Rub

  • 1 tablespoon ground coffee
  • 2 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 4 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ancho chile powder
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • First, you need to get the coals going. We use the minion method. This is when just add a big pile of unlit coals to the bottom of your Weber Kettle.
    Then you want to mix in your woodchips. We used cherrywood for this cook. Then using your charcoal chimney, light a small amount of coals and put them on top. The unlit coals will slowly ignite over the cook.
    Use the vents to increase the temperature at the start. Set up the grill for indirect cooking. Place your drip pan as far away from the heat as you can.
  • You need to prep the pork. Some people like to trim or score it. I leave the majority of the fat cap on, as it helps keep the meat moist and it renders nicely.
  • When I smoke a pork shoulder we either use a coffee rub or Killer Hogs Hot Rub. In this cook, we used a homemade coffee rub (you can see our recipe for that below). Make sure you coat it evenly. The seasoning is what gives you that delicious bark.
  • Once your Weber is at 250°F, place your pork shoulder on the grates over the drip pan. Now you can adjust your top vent so that your temperature stays at 250°F. Just check the internal temperature every 30 minutes.
    To control the temperature just remember that closing the vents will decrease the temperature and opening them will increase the temperature.
    Each time you check the temperature also give the meat a spitz with a mix of apple juice and apple cider vinegar, this will help your bark develop,
  • Allow the pork butt to cook until you reach an internal temperature of 150°F (this will take around 3-4 hours). At 150°F the meat will begin to stall.
  • Essentially, the stall is just the meat sweating. As the meat cooks its contracts, this pushes any moisture in the meat to the surface.
    The moisture then evaporates and cools the ambient and surface temperature of the meat, therefore slowing the cook down. To combat this, you should wrap your pork in aluminum foil and put it back on the grill.
  • You want to reach an internal temperature of 205°F, this will take around 4 hours from when you wrapped the pork. When checking the temperature use a probe thermometer and ensure you probing it in the thickest part.
  • Once you reach 205°F remove the pork shoulder from the grill. Leave it in the foil and wrap in a towel. Allow it to rest for at least 45 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and place your pork shoulder on the cutting board. Using either two folks or bear claws shred the meat into small pieces. Then cover the pork in the BBQ sauce and mix

Smoke On!

Charlie

Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking, and getting out in the yard with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork, smoky pork loin, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill)

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 adventures with you!

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