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, fun, and the results can’t be beat.

How to Make Smoked Pulled Pork


Choose the cut.

There are a lot of different cuts of pork to choose from, but not all of them are well-suited for making 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.



Although not required, there are many advantages of brining your cut of pork overnight. Because it will be roasting in the smoker for a long period of time, the added moisture of the brine will help retain the meat's natural juices.



Layer on classic BBQ flavor by using a rub. Work spices onto surface of meat to help seasoning soak deep into the meat while smoking. Give our recipe for smoked pulled pork rub a try.



Get things started with wood chips in the smoker as it preheats. Be sure to select smoking wood flavors that will work with the type of pulled pork you are making.

Hot Tip: For sweet, we suggest a cherry or hickory wood. For savory, try mesquite or oak wood.


Once done smoking, let pork rest about 15 minutes so that the juices will settle. Use hands or meat claws to pull meat apart.

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