Finished Smoked Pork Shoulder Texas Butter Recipe
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Smoked Pork Shoulder, That's a Wrap

Had to make a couple of shoulders for a Christmas party providing some pulled pork. This recipe falls outside of my typical dry rub dry cook but possibly the best shoulder I’ve ever turned out. Won’t know until the party but a piece fell off mid-stroke, and I bout had one.
I usually only inject birds and likely added an amendment to pork shoulder as a Texas Butter state law. The second thing I did which I typically consider cheating is a wrap to finish out to final temperature target of 195 that rested out at the peak of 205. So I guess I’m a cheater now.
Adjust the injection however you want because I got into a honey shortage situation and subbed the missing honey with raw sugar instead. It’s up to you. I was going for a slight brine and running late because this BBQ started at 1 PM and it’s a low-n-slow. Wasn’t a chance in hell I was going to drop pace for a run to a busy grocery over honey. Anything sweet likely will work and produce excellent results.
A day ahead injection proly wouldn’t hurt if you got fridge room, patients, and priorities squared. Yes, you can bake this shoulder, it's final wrap target temp is 195 finished in the oven for better heat control, and it was late.
Note Two things; you’ll need a thermometer with a lead because it’s a set and forget smoke and essential not to open until temp goals happen. This recipe will make enough for one 10 pound-ish shoulder. Just double up for 2 shoulders or Xs __ for more. 
Course Main Course
Style American, Southern, Texan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 hours
Total Time 11 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 689kcal
Author txbut



  • 10 lb pork shoulder (10 to 15 lbs)
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup raw sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup Sowflakes
  • 1/2 cup butter (melted and optional)


The Smoke

  • Get your smoker rolling to 250 degrees.
  • Mix all the ingredient except the Sowflakes.
  • Inject shoulder in 4-5 spots. Squirt about ⅓ injection juice pull needle up a little, push back in in different direction, and squirt another ⅓ injection juice. Repeat until no more juice.
  • Sprinkle Sowflakes dy rub all over pork shoulder.
  • Insert thermometer with a lead to center of meat careful to not touch bone.
  • Place pork shoulder fat side down on smoker off heat best you can and close smoker and all dampers.
  • Now we’re only looking at what the temperature says. Does it say 165 yet? If not do not open pit unless you left damper open and it caught fire. Your looking at 6 hours.
  • Does it say 165 yet? Yes, OK good pull thermometer out and place shoulder in foil pan or something that will hold it to get it inside. Should be at 6 hours but can vary in time.
  • Start oven to 250 degrees or keep smoker at 250.
  • Place heavy duty foil on counter and wrap your shoulder.
  • Place another piece on counter and wrap again.
  • Do this at least 2 times, 3 sure wouldn't hurt.
  • Put wrapped shoulder in the foil tray you used to bring meat inside.
  • Insert thermometer with lead and place in oven or smoker.
  • Now we are waiting for the temperature to hit 195. It will stall like something's broke but don’t worry it will eventually kick in and hit 195 Mine took another 5 hours.
  • So far we got 6 hours on open smoked and 5 on wrapped cook = 11 hours.
  • Now that you have pulled the shoulder it will go up in temp anywhere for 200 to 210.
  • It is very hot to handle but you can start shredding whenever you like.
  • I actually wait till it cools which is another 4 hours.
  • Takes a lot of time but the results are bomb dot com!

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➕ Nutrition
Nutrition Facts
Smoked Pork Shoulder, That's a Wrap
Amount Per Serving (355 g)
Calories 689 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 55%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 262mg 87%
Sodium 4101mg 171%
Potassium 1234mg 35%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Sugars 18g
Protein 67g 134%
Vitamin A 9.4%
Vitamin C 3.9%
Calcium 6.3%
Iron 25.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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