Maple Smoked Pork Butt Roast
Maple Smoked Pork Butt Roast - Try using cookinpellets.com 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.
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 cookinpellets.com 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