Photo: Justin Walker; Styling: Kaitlyn Du Ross
Hands-on Time
3 Hours
Total Time
10 Hours 30 Mins
Serves 12 (serving size: 3 ounces pork)

As many Southerners know, hickory wood chips offer an almost magical alchemy, yielding sublime flavor when combined with four simple ingredients. Serve with potato salad, coleslaw, and iced tea for a delicious summer supper.

How to Make It

Step 1

Submerge wood chips in water; weight with a board or plate. Soak chips for 30 minutes. Drain. Combine brown sugar, salt, garlic powder, chili powder, and black pepper, stirring well. Rub spice mixture evenly over both sides of pork shoulder. Cover loosely with foil; let pork stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

Step 2

Set aside grill rack. Prepare grill for indirect grilling, heating one side to high and leaving one side with no heat. Pierce bottom of a disposable aluminum foil pan several times with the tip of a knife. Place pan on heat element or over coals; add 1 cup soaked wood chips to pan. Place another disposable aluminum foil pan (do not pierce pan) on unheated side of grill. Pour 2 cups water into unpierced pan. Let chips stand for 5 minutes or until smoking; reduce heat to medium-low.

Step 3

Coat grill rack with cooking spray. Set grill rack in place. Place pork on grill rack over indirect heat. Close lid, and grill 3 hours, maintaining a constant temperature of 275°; add 1/2 cup soaked wood chips every 45 minutes. Grill pork an additional 3 1/2 hours or until a thermometer inserted in pork registers 170°. Wrap pork in heavy-duty aluminum foil, and cook an additional 1 1/2 hours or until pork reaches 190°. Remove pork from grill; let stand 30 minutes. Shred.

Ratings & Reviews

gourmetontherun's Review

May 02, 2014
Prepared just the way the recipe reads, and it was excellent! My only comment being that I have a Kingsford barbeque with two sides to the grill, which uses charcoal. This worked fine with the offset method, just removed the grill over the coals for easy access to the pan with the hickory chips. Using charcoal, the temperature varies some what, so my cooking time was about 6 hours on the grill until the meat was placed in foil for 1-1/2 hours and it was a 7 lb. bone-in pork shoulder. After the 30 min. rest, moist perfectly done pork!

gerilynnreilly's Review

August 26, 2013
This was very easy and extremely tasty - especially the rub. I cooked in an electric smoker on the middle rack at 250 degrees adding chips every 1/2 hour for the first 3 hours, after that, I removed wood chips and cooked another 2 hours, by then the internal temp was 170 degrees. I wrapped in foil and cooked 1 additional hour., served with a Carolina Vinegar Sauce - will be making again for Labor Day party - yum!

daneanp's Review

August 24, 2013
My first attempt at pulled pork. We have a Traeger that uses Hickory pellets so I skipped the first step. Started the grill at 225 degrees and put the roast right on the grill. Basted the meat with apple juice (about 1/3 cup) at the top of each hour, then 10-15 minutes after the 3rd basting, put the roast on a foil pan to collect the juices, and turned the grill up to 250 degrees. Total cooking time worked out to be 6 hours. Rested the meat for 20 minutes, then pulled it. Tender, moist, and wonderful smoke flavor to the meat. I would definitely do this for a party. There is enough meat here for a crowd for sure!