Smoked Pork Butt

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + standing Smoke: 7 hours. + resting


24 servings

Updated: Oct. 24, 2023
Low and slow is the best way to go when cooking pork butt, and it happens perfectly in a smoker. This has very little hands-on time, but you will need to plan for a long cook time. The fantastic thing is the meat freezes very well so you can make it ahead of time and have it ready to go. —James Schend, Pleasane Prairie, Wisconsin


  • 1 bone-in pork shoulder roast (8 to 10 pounds)
  • Applewood chips or pellets
  • 3 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1/4 cup All-Purpose Meat Seasoning or favorite spice rub
  • 1/3 cup apple cider or juice
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar


  1. Let roast stand at room temperature for 1 hour. Preheat smoker to 275°. Add wood chips or pellets to smoker according to manufacturer’s directions.
  2. Trim excess fat from pork, leaving some exterior fat. Pat roast dry; rub with mustard and sprinkle with spice rub. Place pork in smoker. In a spray bottle, combine apple cider and vinegar; lightly spritz pork. Smoke, spritzing pork every hour, until pork reaches 165° and is a dark brown color, about 5 hours.
  3. Transfer pork to a 13x9-in. baking pan or large cast iron skillet; liberally spritz with cider mixture. Cover tightly with foil and return to smoker. Cook until pork reaches desired degree of doneness. For sliced pork, cook until pork reaches 190° to 195°, 2-3 hours longer. For pulled pork, cook until 200° to 205°. Remove and let rest at room temperature, covered, 45-60 minutes. For slices, cut around bone and cut roast into slices. For pulled pork, remove bone and shred pork. Skim fat from cooking juices; toss pork with cooking juices.

Can you freeze Smoked Pork Butt ?

Freeze cooled meat mixture and juices in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add broth or water if necessary.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup meat mixture: 186 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 548mg sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 19g protein.