Everyday Meals

Bob's Pulled Pork on a Smoker


  • 1 (8 pound) pork shoulder roast
  • 1 quart apple cider, or as needed
  • 5 tablespoons white sugar
  • 5 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1onion, chopped
  • 3 cups hickory chips, or more as needed, soaked in water
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Place pork shoulder in a large pot and add enough apple cider to cover. Combine white sugar, brown sugar, salt, paprika, onion powder, black pepper, and garlic powder in a bowl. Mix about 1/4 cup sugar rub into cider; reserve remaining rub.


  • Step 2

    Cover pot and refrigerate for 12 hours.

  • Step 3

    Prepare smoker to about 210 degrees F (99 degrees C). Add enough wood chips to smoker.

  • Step 4

    Pour cider brine into the water pan of the smoker; add onion and about 1/4 cup more sugar rub. Spread remaining rub over pork shoulder. Transfer pork to the center of smoker.

  • Step 5

    Smoke pork until very tender, about 8 hours. Monitor hickory chips and liquid, adding more wood and water, respectively, as needed. Transfer pork to a large platter and cool for 30 minutes before shredding with forks.

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