Are you looking for the perfect entree to serve? I would recommend the perfect pork roast, which makes a great dish for barbecues or dinners with your friends and family. It’s easy to make, as long as you know how to smoke a pork roast with the optimum temperature and time. Of course, the right seasonings will help loads, too.
This indulgent meal is packed with protein and fat dripping from the smoky barbecue flavors, making it perfect for many types of sides, may it be mashed potatoes or grilled vegetables. Are you wondering about how to smoke a pork roast correctly? Then let this recipe help you out!
What to Prepare
Before smoking your pork roast, you will need to prepare the following:
- Eight pounds of pork shoulder roast
- One quart of apple cider
I recommend that you purchase a pork shoulder with a nice layer of fat on top, with it looking bright white (it isn’t fresh of the fat is yellowish). You can ask your local butcher to help you choose fresh meat.
- Five tablespoons of white sugar
- Five tablespoons of light brown sugar
- Two tablespoons of kosher salt
- Two tablespoons of paprika
- One tablespoon of onion powder
- One tablespoon of freshly ground black pepper
- One tablespoon of garlic powder
- One chopped onion
- Three cups of hickory chips soaked in water
Tools and Equipment:
- Pot and bowl
- Meat thermometer
How to Smoke a Pork Roast
Now that you have prepared everything you need to smoke your pork roast, it’s time to follow the steps. This delicious and indulgent smoked pork shoulder will get you the professional results.
With the smoke breaking down the fat and adding more moisture, it’s perfect with your favorite barbecue sauce and other sides. Take note that this recipe serves 20 people. It takes about 20 hours to prepare and cook.
1. Preparing the Pork
If your pork was previously frozen, then allow it to thaw in the refrigerator, which will take about three days or less (depending on your roast’s size). It should then be at room temperature to cook evenly. Let it stay outside the fridge for about two to four hours, loosely wrapped.
Now trim the fat off the meat, only until it is a quarter-inch thick, so the smoke will be able to get into the meat. If the fat is too thick, then you wouldn’t be able to cook the meat evenly. But if the fat is completely off, then you won’t have as much flavor as you should.
The right amount of fat and marbling melt will help continue cooking the meat, keeping it moist and well-cooked. For a flavorful crust, then you can cut it to as much as 1/8-inch, but nothing less than that. If your meat has no bones, tie it up so the meat will not fall.
2. Tenderizing the Pork
Put the pork shoulder in a large pot then add apple cider, enough to cover the pork. Combine both sugars, the salt, onion powder, paprika, black pepper, and garlic powder in a separate bowl.
Get a quarter cup of this mixture and put it in the cider and pork, reserving the remaining rub for later. Cover the pot and place it in the refrigerator, leaving it for about 12 hours.
3. Preparing the Smoker
Before removing the meat from the fridge, prepare the smoker. Preheat it to about 170 degrees F, as cooking the pork at low temperature will help make the wood smoke even more. Add enough wood chips to the smoker.
Add cider brine to the water pan of your smoker, putting the onions and another quarter-cup of the sugar rub.
4. Smoking the Pork
Add the remaining sugar mixture to the pork, rubbing it generously. Now place the pork on the center of the smoker, closing the lid. Smoke it for about eight hours or until the pork has pink smoke rings on the outer crust.
Make sure that you monitor both the hickory chips and liquid, adding more of both when needed. Monitor the temperature as well, ensuring that it does not exceed 210 degrees F.
Once the eight hours is up and the meat looks tender and well-cooked, transfer it to a large platter, letting it cool for about half an hour before shredding or pulling it. The pork should have a dark pink smoke ring under its outer crust.
5. Serving the Pork
Serving the pork requires two forks to do so, pulling away from each other so you can separate the meat and make it into strands. Make sure that while you are pulling the pork, you are mixing it with the fat, outside crust, and the drippings. That way, you have an even moisture and tenderness in every bite.
Once the pork is thoroughly shredded, prepare your favorite barbecue sauce and mix it with the meat, adding more flavor. But make sure that you do not add too much of the sauce, as it will end up compromising with the rub and smoky flavors.
You can also leave it as is and have the various sauces ready for your loved ones to use themselves. Then pair the pork with your favorite sides and enjoy! I would personally recommend that you serve the ribs with grilled vegetables and mashed potatoes.
When it comes to barbecues and grilling meats, you’ll want to make sure that you achieve the perfect smokiness that makes the meat flavorful and tender to the touch. Everything is a factor that contributes to making the perfect smoked pork roast, from the way you grill it down to the seasonings and rub you use. Through following the right steps and using the ideal blend, you’ll successfully whip up the delicious and indulgent meat perfect for serving!
Hopefully, you now know how to smoke a pork roast properly with this step-by-step tutorial. So don’t wait any longer! If you’re in charge of barbecuing or want to impress your family and friends with your grilling skills, then cook up the best and tender pork roast today.
Do you have any questions or want to share your tips and experiences with making the perfect pork roast? Do share your thoughts and insights below. All comments will be greatly appreciated.