Smoked Boston Butt

Smoked Boston Butt
Yields 10
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  1. Mesquite wood chips
  2. 2 tablespoons firmly packed dark brown sugar
  3. 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  4. 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  5. 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  6. ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  7. ½ teaspoon onion powder
  8. ½ teaspoon ground red pepper
  9. 1 (7- to 8-pound) bone-in Boston butt roast
  1. Soak wood chips in water for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat smoker to 225° to 250°. Sprinkle soaked mesquite chips over coals.
  3. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, salt, paprika, mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, and red pepper. Spread mixture over all sides of roast. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  4. Place roast in smoker. Cook, covered with smoker lid, until meat is very tender, 11 to 12 hours. Remove from smoker, and let stand for 30 minutes. Shred roast, discarding fat and bone.
  5. Note: Meat can be shredded and frozen for up to 1 month. A drip pan is not necessary as the fat just drips into the water pan.
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    • smoke mine as long as I can, then cut up and put it in the slow cooker overnight. The fat melts off, and we can pull it, then put it back in the slow cooker, add some BBQ sauce, and heat up for 30 min. So tender and delicious. Real pulled pork!

    • Hi Corrinne! You can cook this in the oven. Cook it covered at 300° and check it at 5 –6 hours to see if it’s done. You can crisp skin up under the broiler or on the grill to add a bit more flavor.

  1. I don’t want to sound dumb but What is a smoker lid? I’m going to cook this in my smoker tomorrow is there a separate lead that I should put over it because I do not have that should I wrap it in aluminum foil

    • Hi Alice! The smoker lid is just whatever closes or covers the smoker. Depending on what kind of smoker you have, it could be a lid or a door, but no additional tools should be needed!

    • Hi Tammy, We haven’t tested this so we can’t give a specific time on how long a boneless pork loin would cook on a smoker.

    • Hi Senita! You should only need to add the smoke chips once during the 8-hour cook time. We also noticed that the recipe doesn’t mention how much to use, so we think it’s best to try 6 cups of chips or some measurement close to that. You can also check your smoker’s manual to see if it offers a more specific measurement.


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