Smoked Pork Shoulder (Keto + Whole30)

Flavorful Smoked Pork Shoulder that is versatile and can be served many different ways. Pair it on top of my ranch coleslaw with pickle slices for the perfect Whole30, Keto and Paleo meal. Smoker, Instant Pot and Oven options. 

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My Smoked Pork Shoulder recipe will easily become your new favorite go-to. It is clean ingredients and full of flavor and texture. Furthermore, it’s Clean Keto, Whole30 and Paleo compliant.

What is a Smoked Pork Shoulder?

Pork shoulder is a triangular cut from the area just above the front leg of the pig. It’s an inexpensive cut often sold with the skin on and a layer of fat. The shoulder is an area (unlike cuts from the interior of the pig, like the loin) that sees a lot of activity when a pig is alive. As a result, it is flavorful but there is less fat marbling and the meat will be tough unless cooked correctly.

pulled pork in aluminum foil with liquid and rub

How to Season this Smoked Pork Shoulder?

You can really use any rub you would like. However, I always like mixing up my own so I know exactly what is in it. Most store bought rubs will include a lot of sneaky sugars. My rub recipe has all the amazing flavors as the store bought versions, but it’s cleaner and tastes so much better.

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Tips and Tricks for the best Smoked Pork Shoulder?

  • Bone-in Pork Shoulder: When you go to buy your Boston Butt or Pork Shoulder, be sure to always buy bone-in. This will give the pork much more flavor than boneless.
  • Keep the smoker lid closed: Don’t constantly open and close the smoker lid. This will let out heat and it will take longer to cook.
  • Use a Wireless Probe Thermometer: This will help with keeping the lid on the smoker shut. Click here for the Wireless Thermometer I recommend.
  • Placing the Wireless Thermometer: Make sure not to hit the bone when placing the thermometer. This will not give an accurate reading for the internal temperature.
  • Juice it up: Strain the juice from the cooked pork shoulder to remove any fat. Pour the clean juice over the cooked pork shoulder for additional flavor.
plated pulled pork with pickles, onions and ranch coleslaw

Instead of smoking, can you cook in the oven or Instant Pot?

Oven:

  • Place in 450F preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to 325F and cook for about 8 hours, or until a meat thermometer reads 205F degrees. At the 4 hour mark, remove and add the coconut amnions, Franks Hot Sauce and apple cider vinegar over the meat. Wrap in aluminum foil (with the juice) and add back to the oven to finish cooking for another 4 hours.

Instant Pot:

  • Slice the pork shoulder into 3 or 4 large chunks.
  • Select the sauté function and heat the oil in the Instant Pot inner pot. When the oil is hot and shimmering, add the pork pieces. Cook for about 8 to 10 minutes, turning to brown on all sides.
  • Add the seasoning over the meat along with the Franks Hot Sauce, coconut aminos and apple cider vinegar.
  • Secure the lid on the pot and turn the steam release vent to the sealing position. Choose the pressure cook or manual button (high pressure) and set the timer for 60-65 minutes. When the time is up, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 to 20 minutes.
  • With a slotted spoon, remove the pork to a bowl and set it aside to cool. Once cool, shred and add back to the liquid in the Instant Pot.
  • Select the sauté function and cook until the pork is hot.
  • Serve and enjoy!
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In conclusion, if you are looking for a clean and delicious pulled pork recipe, I’ve got you covered. Serve with my homemade ranch coleslaw and a few pickles slices for a great clean meal.

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Smoked Pork Shoulder (Keto + Whole30)


  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8-9 hours
  • Total Time: 52 minute
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Flavorful Smoked Pork Shoulder that is versatile and can be served many different ways. Pair it on top of my ranch coleslaw with pickle slices for the perfect Whole30, Keto and Paleo meal. Smoker, Instant Pot and Oven options. 


Ingredients

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  • 69 pound bone in pork shoulder
  • 1/4 cup Franks Hot Sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos

Dry Rub

  • 1/4 cup smoked paprika
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder*
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

Ranch Coleslaw

  • 4 cups coleslaw mix
  • 1/2 cup homemade ranch dressing
  • Sat and pepper to taste

Instructions

Smoker Instructions:

1. Set the smoker temperature to 250℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. Trim excess fat off and generously season with the homemade rub on all sides. Allow to sit for 15 minutes before adding to the smoker.  

2. Place the pork shoulder (fat side up) on a baking sheet (to catch the juices) and transfer to the smoker. 

3. Cook on the smoker until the internal temperature reaches 160F (around 3-5hours) . Mix the coconut aminos, Frank’s Hot Sauce and apple cider vinegar together. 

4. Stack 4 large pieces of aluminum foil on top of each other, ensuring they are wide enough to wrap the pork butt entirely on all sides.  Place the pork butt in the center on the foil, then bring up the sides of the foil a little bit. Pour the hot sauce mixture over the top of the pork shoulder. Wrap the foil tightly around the pork, ensuring the liquid does not escape.

5. Place back on the smoker and cook until the internal temperature reaches 205F, around 3-4 hours.

6. Once the temp reaches 205F, remove from the smoker and allow to rest for 45 minutes in the foil. After the 45 minutes, shred with a fork and add to a platter. Remove any fat from the liquid and pour over the top of the shredded pork. 

7. Mix together the ranch coleslaw and serve the pork over the top along with a few pickles slices. Enjoy!

Oven Instructions:

  1. Place in 450F preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to 325F and cook for about 8 hours, or until a meat thermometer reads 205F degrees. At the 4 hour mark, remove and add the Franks Hot Sauce, coconut aminos and apple cider vinegar over the meat. Wrap in aluminum foil (with the juice) and place on a baking sheet and add back to the oven to finish cooking for another 4 hours.

Instant Pot Instructions:

  1. Slice the pork shoulder into 3 or 4 large chunks.
  2. Select the sauté function and heat the oil in the Instant Pot inner pot. When the oil is hot and shimmering, add the pork pieces. Cook for about 8 to 10 minutes, turning to brown on all sides.
  3. Add the seasoning over the meat along with the Franks Hot Sauce, coconut aminos and apple cider vinegar.
  4. Secure the lid on the pot and turn the steam release vent to the sealing position. Choose the pressure cook or manual button (high pressure) and set the timer for 60-65 minutes. When the time is up, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 to 20 minutes.
  5. With a slotted spoon, remove the pork to a bowl and set it aside to cool. Once cool, shred and add back to the liquid in the Instant Pot.
  6. Select the sauté function and cook until the pork is hot.
  7. Serve with my ranch coleslaw and enjoy!

Notes

  • Leftovers: Cover in a air tight container and place in the fridge for 4 days or freeze for up to 6  months. 
  • Nutrition calculated for PORK ONLY
  • Baking powder helps with the crispiness. If you don’t want to us baking powder, feel free to substitute 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda and 1/2 tablespoon of cream of tarter. 
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Smoker, Oven, Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving (out of 12 servings)
  • Calories: 420
  • Sodium: 1080
  • Fat: 22
  • Carbohydrates: 2
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 60
  • Cholesterol: 203

Keywords: smoked porks shoulder, pork butt, shredded pork, whole30, keto, paleo

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Comments (5)

  • Can I use boneless pork shoulder steak? Thank you. I love all your recipes!!!!

    Reply
    • I have never used that so I am not sure as far as time and temp. Feel free to give it a try.

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  • HELP!!! Hi Ashley. I have the pork shoulder in my smoker right now, It’s almost at the temp to take out and wrap it in foil so I can pour the hot sauce over it. Do I completely wrap it in foil or only the sides? THANK YOU!!!

    Reply
    • You wrap completely

      Reply
  • I made this this weekend and it was INCREDIBLE! The flavor was seriously amazing and pork so tender. My husband was so impressed 😉 thanks for inspiring me to finally try the smoker!

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