Easy Smoked Pulled Pork in an Electric Smoker

Smoked pulled pork is a great staple for tailgating, at-home BBQ parties and laid-back weekend cookouts. It can be made in a slow cooker, grill, or an offset smoker, but our favorite smoked pulled pork is cooked up in an electric smoker. It’s easy, and the results can’t be beat.

How to Make Smoked Pulled Pork

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Choose the cut. There are a lot of different cuts of pork to choose from, but not all of them are well-suited for shredded pork. Avoid thin and lean cuts like tenderloin. Boston butt, or pork shoulder, and pork belly are excellent options for tender, juicy pork that will easily pull apart once smoked.

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Brine. Although not required, there are many advantages to brining  overnight. Because it will smoke for a long period of time, the added moisture from the brine will help the pork retain the its natural juices.

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Rub. Layer a classic BBQ flavor using a rub. Work spices onto surface of the pork. The seasoning will soak deep into the pork while smoking. Give our recipe for smoked pulled pork rub a try.

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Smoke. Get things started with wood chips as the smoker  preheats. Be sure to select wood flavors that work well.

Hot Tip: For sweet, we suggest a cherry or hickory wood. For savory, try mesquite or oak wood.
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Shred. Once done smoking, let the pork rest for about 15 minutes so that the juices settle. Use hands or meat claws to pull meat apart.

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