• Preparation
    10 min
  • Cook Time
    15 hours
  • Serves
  • Difficulty

Behind the Recipe

Good Time to Start Smoking

Fire up those smokers and get ready to enjoy the perfect smoked pork shoulder!

Whether you prefer using fruit tree wood like apple, peach, and pear, or whether you fancy heartier woods like mesquite or hickory – smoke is the key to breaking down the fat, which adds flavor and moisture to the shoulder. 

The mouth-watering smoky flavor is as quintessential as cheese is to wine, rendering the two the perfect pair. 

This paired perfection emanates from the Maillard reaction, which occurs when the pork is smoked with heat. It also helps the shoulder burst with flavor, making the day you use your Oakford Pellet Grill one of the most satisfying.



  • 1 pork shoulder roast (10 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coarse sea salt
  • 3 tbsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsps chipotle powder 
  • 2 tsps garlic powder
  • 2 tsps onion powder


  1. Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees F.
  2. Ensure you have a meat thermometer at hand.

Cooking Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove and pat your pork shoulder dry with paper towels.

  2. 2

    Rub the yellow mustard over the pork shoulder.

  3. 3

    Mix the spices in a bowl and reserve 2 tablespoons.

  4. 4

    Season your pork shoulder with spices.

  5. 5

    Place your pork shoulder on the smoker – fat side up.

  6. 6

    Insert a meat thermometer.

  7. 7

    Smoke the pork until it reaches 195 degrees.

  8. 8

    Once your pork reaches the desired temperature of 202 degrees, remove the pork shoulder from the smoker and wrap in foil.

  9. 9

    Rest your pork for a minimum of 1 hour.

  10. 10

    Once the hour is done, shred the pork shoulder. Sprinkle with reserved seasoning and enjoy.

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