Masterbuilt Electric Smoker: Applewood Smoked Boston Butt

Discussion in 'Pork' started by reddog3d, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. Hey all,

    I am sharing a recipe with any of you that have a Masterbuilt Electric smoker. It REALLY makes for some good pulled pork!

    Applewood Smoked Boston Butt


     3/4 cup paprika

     1/4 cup black pepper

     1/4 cup kosher salt
     1/4 cup white sugar

     1/4 cup brown sugar
     2 tablespoons chili powder
     2 tablespoons garlic powder
     2 tablespoons onion powder
     1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust for heat - 1 teaspoon=mild, 2 = medium, 3 = spicey)
    Mix rub, adding brown sugar last. Let stand at least 4 hours and remix to allow brown sugar to blend properly.

     2 cups apple cider
     1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
     1/4 cup white sugar
     1/4 cup brown sugar
     1/4 cup kosher salt
     1 tablespoon onion powder
     1 tablespoon garlic powder
     1 teaspoon chili pepper
     1 teaspoon black pepper
     1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
     1 cup apple cider
     1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
     1 tablespoon prepared rub
    Mix and place in a plastic spray bottle. You will use this to spritz the meat during smoking.
    Mix injection, adding dry ingredients last and stirring constantly while adding. Allow to sit 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally to allow dry ingredients to dissolve.

     Inject Boston Butt (6-8.5 lbs.) with injection liberally. I inject from top and sides (fat side down) about every 1 inch. Cover and refrigerate until pork is around 40 degrees (Colder meat = better smoke infusion).
    Coat meat generously with rub. You will not use all the rub. Allow meat to sit until rub turns dark... indicating it has been blended with damp surface of meat.
    Prepare wood chips by soaking in water for at least 30 minutes. For my pork butt, I used apple wood.
    I also use a Redi*Chek dual probe remote smoker thermometer (Model ET-73). Not required, but reduces the amount of opening the smoker door to check temperature. You can get it on for about $35 and well worth the investment.
    Preheat smoker. I set mine for temperature between 275-325 degrees. Still fairly low heat, but gives good amount of smoke.
    Once smoker reaches desired temperature, place wood chips in container. I also use a mixture of half water, half apple cider for the water tray. After 10 minutes, place pork on center rack. I had to remove the top rack from mine because the roast was so big.

    Every 90 minutes, add wood chips as needed, and lightly mist the pork roast with the above spray.
    When roast reaches 160 degrees internal temperature, pull roast inside. It no longer gets benefit from smoke at this point, and you want to preserve the moisture of the meat.
    In the microwave, melt 1 stick of butter on medium heat. Lay out a sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil. On the foil, sprinkle the prepared rub (in about the same size and shape as the pork). On top of that, sprinkle a light coating of brown sugar. Then spoon about half the melted butter on top of that.
    Place the pork on top of foil. Follow the same steps on the top: light coating of rub, brown sugar, then spoon the remaining butter on top. Take another sheet of aluminum foil and finish wrapping the meat so it is well sealed.
    Place back in the smoker and continue to cook until internal temperature of meat is 195 degrees. Pull from smoker, and let set 30 minutes.
    If you have done everything right, when you open the foil, the bone from the pork will just pull out and you will have some of the best pulled pork you have ever had!

    My favorite sauce to use on it is Sweet Baby Ray's Hickory and Brown Sugar Barbeque Sauce.

  2. ibbones

    ibbones Meat Mopper

    O'h yeah!  New to the Masterbuilt so I'll be doing this one on Monday.  Thanks
  3. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks and sounds great!  Nice post...very good detail.  [​IMG]

  4. greek

    greek Newbie

    Tried this for the first time and smoked 3 butts at 7.8, 7.5 and 5.7lb butts so I had to make sure I was moving them around from rack to rack. The guys at work loved it when I made the 2 bigger ones for us and the smaller one was turned in for a smoked meat contest,
    I Won!
    This is the most awesome tasting butt a lot of folks said they've ever had! After pulling the meat, I used the drippings that fell into the moisture pan that had water and apple juice originally and I poured some of that on to the meat and man it was moist and tasty!

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