How To Make Traeger Pork Butt

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Pulled Pork.  Do I have your attention now?  I am a huge fan of pulled pork for so many reasons like the bark, the flavor, the wood fired fun, the main course and let’s not forget the leftover possibilities.  Ready to fire up the Traeger?

How To Make Traeger Pork Butt

Today, we are cooking a bone in pork shoulder and going for that true low and slow experience.  Head to the store, grab that pork shoulder and I’ll be waiting right here for you at the pellet grill.


Yield: 10-12 people

Prep Time: 10 Minutes + 20 Minutes Seasoning Rest

Cook Time: 6-8 Hours (time can vary based on pork) PLUS 30-45 Minutes Resting Time

Cook Temp: 225˚ - Smoke Temp  |  275˚ Finishing Temp


Print Traeger - Pulled Pork - Pork Butt


Measure   Ingredient                                                                      Prep Notes      
7-8 lb            Pork Butt, Shoulder                                                 Boneless
¼ Cup           Oil, Canola/Olive Blend                                         Peeled and Minced         
8 Tbsp          Rub-A-Dub, 5280 Culinary                             
8 Tbsp          Oink, 5280 Culinary
4 Cups          Apple Juice (or Cider)                                            Not from concentrate      
taste             Fire Honey, 5280 Culinary                                       
taste             Low Country BBQ Sauce, 5280 Culinary                

Preparation Directions:

Wash all tools prior to use
Clean and sanitize all cutting boards and prep surfaces prior to use
Read all manufacturer’s instructions before using grills, or any cooking tools
Clean out Traeger as needed and change drip tray liner
Fill pellet hopper with Reserve Blend Pellets
Set Traeger to 225˚, hit enter and hit ignite
While Traeger is heating up –
Remove pork from package, pat dry
Trim fat if needed, leaving about ¼ inch fat cap
Carefully split the pork in half making it into a long thin piece of pork
** use the natural seam area where they removed the bone
Lightly oil on all sides
Mix Rub-A-Dub and Oink together
Season on all sides
Allow to rest for approx. 20 minutes
When Traeger temp hits 225˚ add the Pork Butt (Fat Cap UP and lay out fully) Load your Traeger WiFire Probe into the thickest part of the pork and set your alarm for 165˚.  Close the lid
Cook for 3-4 Hours OR until internal temperature reaches 165˚
Using Nitrile and heat proof gloves, carefully remove the pork and place into an aluminum disposable pan
Keep WiFire probe in pork
Cover pork with lid or foil and secure tightly
Adjust Traeger temp to 275˚
Place pork back into the Traeger and plug in the WiFire Probe
Cook for and additional 1-2 Hours or until internal temp reaches 204˚ - 205˚
Using Nitrile and heat proof gloves, carefully remove the pork onto a pan and bring into the kitchen.
Keep wrapped and allow to rest for 30-45 Minutes (check after 30 minutes for softness)
Using insulated BBQ gloves with nitrile gloves over them
Carefully unwrap pork and hand shred into desired sized pieces
For easier shredding use bear claws to help shred pork faster and into finer shreds
Reserve some of the braising liquid (pan juices) to add back into the pork
Adjust seasoning if desired and sauce with Fire Honey, High Altitude BBQ Sauce and Low Country BBQ sauce
    Devour !!!   For this recipe total cook time was 3:45    Smoke Time – 225˚ 1:15   Covered Time – 275˚ :30     Rest Time 5:30    Total Cook Time   Shopping List
Traeger Ironwood 885                                                           Ace SKU – 8030462
Reserve Blend Pellets                                                           Ace SKU – 8015887
Trager Grill Basket (Grilling Pan)                                           Ace SKU - 8019502
Oink Rub, 5280 Culinary                                                       Ace SKU – 8562043
Rub-A-Dub, 5280 Culinary                                                    Ace SKU - 8562050
Fire Honey, 5280 Culinary                                                     Ace SKU - 8017719
Low Country BBQ Sauce, 5280 Culinary                               Ace SKU – 8560252
High Altitude BBQ Sauce, 5280 Culinary                               Ace SKU - 8560088
  Published on 2/24/2021. Always follow manufacturer's instructions before using any product. For more helpful tips and advice, visit a neighborhood Ace or visit us online at    
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