How to: Smoke a Boston butt for pulled pork sandwiches

I use an electric smoker now.  Yes, electric.  Before I bought one, I was worried that I would lose a ton of flavor if I wasn’t using charcoal.  But I have not been disappointed at all!  The flavor is still there.  And the ease of not have to worry about maintaining a fire has been the kicker on top.  It makes the overnight smokes so much easier.  I use the Masterbuilt 30-inch with the top controller and couldn’t be happier with it.  I definitely recommend this to anyone looking to make the switch to electric!


Spicy BBQ Rub:

1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup paprika
1/4 cup coarse kosher salt
3 tablespoons ground black pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon celery flakes

Injection Marinade:

1 cup apple juice
1 cup water
1/4 cup kosher salt
2 teaspoon Worcestershire
2 teaspoon soy sauce


  • Trim off excess fat from the butt.
  • Inject the butt all over.
  • Apply a thin layer of yellow mustard.  Rub a generous amount of rub on butt.  Make sure to save enough to apply it over the butt again before the smoke.  Rest in refrigerator for several hours, or overnight.
  • Remove butt from refrigerator and apply rub again.
  • Prepare smoker and preheat to 220 degrees.  When preheated, add wood chips to the heat.  I like to use a mixture of hickory and apple wood.
  • After 2 hours of smoking, spray with apple juice.  Spray ever 2 hours.  Now is a good time to insert a thermometer so you can monitor the temperature of the butt.
  • After around 6 to 7 hours, or when the internal temperature stalls out around 165 – 170 degrees, spray with apple juice again and wrap tightly in foil.  Place back on the smoker.
  • When the internal temperature of the butt reaches 200 degrees, remove from the smoker.  Wrap in a clean bath towel, and place in a clean ice chest, minus the ice.
  • Let the butt sit for an hour, as the smell permeates the house.
  • Pull out of cooler and shred.
  • Impress all your friends and enjoy!




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