Smoking Your First Pork Butt

Jason Webster
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What you’ll need:

For Smoking:

  • 4 lb Pork butt
  • 1 heaping cup of your favorite smoking wood chips
  • 1 cup rub of your choice
  • 1 Cooking bag
  • Tongs or 2 forks
  • 1 Large beef/pork/chicken stock pot
  • 1 thermometer

The goodies:

To serve:

  • Pulled pork
  • Buns
  • BBQ sauce
  • Bread/Salad/Veggies to wrap it all up

For the rub:

  • 2 tablespoons Cumin
  • 2 tablespoons Onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons BBQ/Chili powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons Brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Salt
  • 1 1⁄4 teaspoon Black pepper

For The Smoker:

Choosing a good smoker can be the difference between a great dinner and a disappointing one. I have used a variety of smokers over the years. The best smokers for a novice are electric smokers. While there are gas and charcoal smokers, they include a lot more variables you have to worry about, like an open flame, monitoring the heat and which wood to use.

The pork butt – how to choose and prepare your pork butt

First, consider your personal preference on pork cuts. This initial step will help with your decision on the type of pork butt you want to buy and prepare for smoking. You can find pork butts in most supermarkets. Also called pork shoulder, this cut is a part of the pig’s shoulder that sits just above the front leg. It’s often called a picnic shoulder because restaurants usually serve it as a popular cut. However,