Maple Smoked Pork Butt Roast

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Maple Smoked Pork Butt Roast
Maple Smoked Pork Butt Roast

Maple Smoked Pork Butt Roast

Maple Smoked Pork Butt Roast - Try using Premium 100% Sweet Maple wood pellets when smoking your next Pork Butt Roast. Yes, you can take a Pork Butt to 205ºF, Foil - Towel - Cooler for 3 -4 hours, and pull the butt for succulent pulled pork sandwiches and/or a multitude of delicious recipes. However, every once in a while you should try smoking/roasting a Pork Butt to an internal temperature of 187ºF.

Why 187ºF you ask? Because it's the magical internal temperature for carving a Pork Butt. At 205ºF it does not lend itself anymore to being sliced - But at 187ºF the fat has started to render and it's not only perfect for slicing against the grain but the juicy results are exquisite and the roast is past the dreaded stall which occurs around 150º to 160ºF. At around 160ºF the roast isn't yet tender.

Seasoned Pork Butt Roast
Seasoned Pork Butt Roast
Pork Butt Roast smoked for 2 hours
Pork Butt Roast smoked for 2 hours

As you can tell from the image below, the results are not only visually stunning but the roast is extremely moist. You also don't need to spend 14 plus hours smoking/cooking this roast. Instead, my recipe takes approximately 5 hours.

Pork Butt Roast Prep:

  • Use a 4 to 5 lb Pork Butt Roast
  • Trim off the fat cap and any excess fat/silver skin
  • Rub the Butt Roast with roasted garlic extra virgin olive oil
  • Season the Butt Roast liberally with my Pork Dry Rub (page 169 of my cookbook, The Wood Pellet Smoker and Grill Cookbook) or your favorite pork rub/seasoning
  • Wrap the seasoned Butt Roast in plastic and refrigerate overnight

Pork Butt Roast Instructions:

  • Preheat your wood pellet smoker grill to 225ºF using Premium 100% Sweet Maple wood pellets
  • Smoke the Pork Butt Roast for 2 hours at 225ºF using a foil pan with a screen on the bottom to keep the melted grease away from the roast and to keep your grill clean
  • Bump the grill pit temperature to 350ºF until the internal temperature of the roast reaches 160ºF
  • Cover the roast inside the foil pan with heavy duty foil making sure to keep your food temperature probe inserted in the roast
  • Your Pork Butt Roast is ready when the internal Temperature reaches the magical temperature of 187º
  • Rest the roast for 15 minutes before slicing against the grain
Carved Smoked Pork Butt Roast
Carved Smoked Pork Butt Roast

Apple Mash Smoked Turkey

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Apple Mash Smoked Turkey
Apple Mash Smoked Turkey

Apple Mash Smoked Turkey - Enjoyed a wonderful delicious Thanksgiving dinner consisting of turkey, ham, with all the trimmings yesterday with our youngest Son's family and our Daughter-in-law's family. It's an annual tradition that works out for everyone since our Son only lives about 2 miles away from us. It can get plain too crazy on the road these days on holiday weekends!

14 lb Turkey Smokin
14 lb Turkey Smokin

I always take advantage of the turkey sales around the holidays in order to stock my freezer with a half dozen turkeys in the 14 lb range. We enjoy a smoked turkey every couple of months with all the trimmings but the best part is the variety of delicious leftovers and casserole recipes that we feast and graze on for days - Turkey recipes such as Tetrazzini, Pot Pies, Enchiladas, a la King, Shepherd's Pie, and a slew of different soups.

Turkeys, like all poultry, are virtual sponges when it comes to absorbing different flavors of smoke such as 100% Hickory, Premium Perfect Mix (100% Hickory, Cherry, Hard Maple, Apple), Apple Mash, Black Cherry, and/or Sweet Maple Pellets.

Safely defrost your turkey in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days depending on the size of the gobbler. Remove giblet bag(s), neck bones, and trim all access skin & fat. Pat down the turkey with paper towels. Loosen the breast skin and thigh skin in order to rub roasted garlic under and on the skin. Season the turkey on and under the skin with Jan's Dry Rub ( page 168 of my cookbook, The Wood Pellet Smoker and Grill Cookbook ).

Preheat your wood pellet smoker-grill to 230ºF with your favorite poultry wood pellets. For this cook I wisely chose CookinPellets Apple Mash Pellets and my MAK 2 Star. Smoked the 14 lb seasoned turkey for 3 hours at 230ºF before bumping the pit temperature to 330ºF. Finish cooking the turkey until the internal temperature of the turkey at the thickest portion of the breast reaches 170ºF. Rest the turkey under a foil tent for 20 minutes before carving.

Maple Smoked Spatchcock Cornish Hens

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Maple Smoked Spatchcock Cornish Hens
Maple Smoked Spatchcock Cornish Hens

Maple Smoked Spatchcock Cornish Hens

Maple Smoked Spatchcock Cornish Hens have a surprising amount of meat on them. I find that half a Cornish Hen is plenty. Served with a side of green salad, Avocado, and hard boiled egg. If you're following a low-carb lifestyle then this meal is ideal since there's no carbs in Poultry - the avocado is loaded with good fats and eggs are your best friend.

CookinPellets Sweet Maple wood pellets infuse a delicious flavorful profile to poultry. CookinPellets never add any fillers like Oak or Alder. They are 100% Sweet Maple Hardwood.

Prep Cornish Hens:

  • Four (4) Tyson All Natural Premium Cornish Hens (~ 1½ pounds each)
  • Spatchcock the Cornish Hens by removing the backbone and then flattening the breast plate
  • Carefully pull back the skin from the breast and legs/thighs
  • Wrap seasoned Cornish Hens with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours

*Note* - According to USDA you're not supposed to wash your poultry. Rinsing raw poultry doesn't kill off any bacteria but instead spreads it all over your sink, hands, and kitchen. Rinsing raw chicken before cooking can increase your risk of food poisoning from campylobacter bacteria.

Seasoned Spatchcock Cornish Hens
Seasoned Spatchcock Cornish Hens
Maple Smokin' Cornish Hens
Maple Smokin' Cornish Hens
Resting Cornish Hens
Resting Cornish Hens


  • Configure your wood pellet smoker-grill for indirect cooking
  • Preheat to 225ºF using CookinPellets Sweet Maple wood pellets
  • Smoke the spatchcocked Cornish Hens at 225ºF for 1 or more hour
  • Increase the pit cooking temperature to 375ºF in order to finish the cook
    • The higher cooking temperature will crisp the skin of the Cornish Hens
  • Roast the Cornish Hens until they reach an internal temperature of 180ºF
  • Rest the smoked Cornish Hens for 10 minutes loosely under a foil tent before serving

For planning purposes only: Total cooking time was about 2½ hours - but remember to always cook to internal temperatures!

Half a Maple Smoked Cornish Hen
Half a Maple Smoked Cornish Hen

Cowboy Caviar

Sometimes you just need a simple side to serve with your casual meal.

2 Diced Avocados 🥑
1 Large Diced Tomato 🍅
1/2 can of corn 🌽
1/2 can of black beans (or whatever beans you prefer)
1/2 Diced White Onion
1-2 Diced Jalapeños
The juice of 2 limes

Garlic salt and pepper to taste

Smoked Mac-N-Cheese

Mac-N-Cheese; in all of its variations; has been a staple in kitchens around the world for countless years.  Served as a main dish or a side, this comfort food has stood the test of time!  Our twist from traditional preparation is to add a variation of cheeses and a little kick with the red pepper flakes.


What you'll need:

  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 cups Milk
  • 1 block cream cheese; cubed
  • 1/2 brick Velveeta cheese; cubed
  • 4 cups grated extra sharp cheddar
  • 1 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp Salt & Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 lb Bacon, cooked and chopped


In a large pot, prepare elbow macaroni per instructions on the package.  Strain and return to pot.  Add 2 cups shredded cheddar and the cooked/diced bacon; set aside

Cheese Sauce & Preparation

  1. In a medium sauce pan:
  2. Melt stick of butter, add flour and whisk until mixed well
  3. Pour in milk while stirring; bring to a simmer
  4. Add in crushed pepper, salt/pepper and stir thoroughly; mix in shredded parmesan cheese
  5. Add cubed cream and Velveeta cheeses and stir until sauce has a creamy consistency
  6. Pour sauce into pan containing macaroni, cheddar cheese and bacon.  Mix  well.
  7. Pour contents into a disposable pan; cover with remaining 2 cups shredded cheese.
  8. Place on smoke/grill at a temperature of 250-300 and leave until cheese on top is bubbling and slightly browned.
  9. Serve Mac-N-Cheese with your favorite side of meat!
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