My Boston Pork Butt Recipe pulls out all the stops. It uses my decadent injections, seasonings, and sauces to create one stellar meal. These Boston butts smoke on the the Traeger Ironwood 885 all day, giving them a tender, rich texture. You can only imagine how great your house will smell!
I recommend starting this recipe in the morning, so you have plenty of time to prep your meal. Cooking low and slow is an old-school technique that always produces a winning result! If you’ve never tried this method, you’re in for a treat. Plus, it’s great to “fix it and forget it” for a few hours.
This recipe feeds a crowd and is great for potlucks, family holidays, or game days. Eat it on its own, or try it in a sandwich. You’ll have compliments coming out of your ears!
Some people may be intimidated by cooking a large cut of pork. The truth is, this Boston Pork Butt Recipe is exceptionally forgiving! The pork injection and wrap ensure the meat stays juicy no matter what. If you’re hoping to learn BBQ 101, try this fantastic recipe.
A blend of sweet and spicy rubs and seasonings creates one stellar Boston Pork Butt! Here’s the list of ingredients I used for this mouth-watering cook.
- Competition Pork Recipe Bundle. This carefully curated bundle gives you everything you need to make competition-grade pork recipes. All of these ingredients are best sellers, and they all serve different purposes.
- Heath Riles BBQ Honey Rub gives you the best honey flavors without the char you get with the real deal. I love this rub because of the golden color it gives pork, chicken, seafood, and beef.
- Heath Riles BBQ Hot BBQ Rub is the best hot rub on the market. It combines heat with a bit of sweetness for a perfectly balanced effect. I use it on ribs, beef, pork, chicken, and fish.
- Heath Riles BBQ Pecan Rub gives the meat a savory, nutty finish. If you have a nut allergy, you’ll love this product as it doesn’t contain real nuts. It’s delicious and one of our best-sellers!
- Heath Riles BBQ Peach Rub adds the perfect hint of Georgia BBQ to any recipe. This blend is sweet like the name suggests, but it also adds a touch of heat to anything you put it on. It is so good and always reminds me of Spring.
- Heath Riles BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce took me over ten years to perfect. You'll be obsessed with this one if you love sauces with a ketchup base. This sauce features a unique blend of spices that take any cook to a new level.
- Heath Riles BBQ Tangy Vinegar Sauce was invented because I wanted a vinegar-based sauce that wasn’t too..vinegary. This sauce has the ideal balance of sweetness and tang. It’s great on its own but shines with my sweet sauce.
- Heath Riles BBQ Pork Injection and Brine is a great way to add moisture to pork without altering the natural flavors. This ingredient has won me a lot of money, and I know it’ll make you a winner too.
- Cheshire Farms Boston Butts. Despite its name, pork butts come from the pig’s shoulder. It gets its name from an Old English word describing the “butt” of the gun or the widest part of something. I love this cut of pork, and it’s even better when it comes from Cheshire Farms.
- Heath Riles BBQ Everyday Rub. Salt and pepper look bland compared to this AP rub! I use it on fries, veggies, eggs, and popcorn. It’s a fantastic rub that will make you feel like a king.
- Yellow mustard. Mustard is one of my favorite binders. It adds twang to the pork and keeps the spices where they belong. I recommend using smooth mustard, like French’s yellow.
- Apple juice. I mixed my pork injection with apple juice to create a delicious down-home flavor profile. The apple juice doesn’t overwhelm the other ingredients, leaving you with a delicately infused pork butt.
The Smoker Setup
Here’s the main setup I used for this cook. You can find more of my grilling favorites in the Equipment and Tools section.
- Pellet grill/smoker. I used a Traeger Ironwood 885 for these ribs. This pit is incredible because you can use it to grill or smoke. The Traeger Ironwood 885 has many excellent features like a pellet sensor, a super smoke button, and easy transportation. This setup was perfect for smoking the pork butt low and low.
- Pellets. For this cook, I used Traeger Hardwood Hickory Pellets. This option added rich smoke to the pork and created the best golden crust.
The Process for Making Boston Pork Butt Recipe
You can find a detailed demonstration of this cook in the video and recipe card. Enjoy this brief overview of how I pulled this recipe together.
- Fire up the Traeger Timberline. I stoked the Traeger Ironwood 885 with Traeger Hardwood Hickory Pellets and fired it up to 275℉.
- Prep the Boston Butts. I removed the Boston butts from the package and wiped them down. Then, I trimmed a little off the fat cap so it would render evenly, then I did the same thing with the fat around the money muscle. I felt the pork for any bone fragments and cut them out.
- Inject the pork. I made my injection by combining ¼ cup of Heath Riles BBQ Pork Injection and Brine with 12 ounces of apple juice until smooth. This measurement covered ONE pork butt, so multiply the quantity if you’re smoking multiple pieces of meat. I injected the pork with a grid-like pattern until it started to swell. I made sure to inject all sides of the meat for maximum moisture.
- Add binder and seasoning. I patted the pork butts dry, then drizzled the meat on all sides with a layer of yellow mustard. I seasoned the pork with a layer of Heath Riles BBQ Everyday Rub, followed by Heath Riles BBQ Pecan Rub, Heath Riles BBQ Peach Rub, and Heath Riles BBQ Honey Rub.
- Start smoking. I transferred the pork to two small pans (fat cap up!) and set them on the Traeger Timberline 1300. I let the pork butts cook for 2 ½ hours before checking them.
- Spritz with apple juice. After 2 ½ hours, I sprayed the pork butts with apple juice to bring out the red color. I closed the lid and let them go for 2 more hours.
- Wrap the Boston Butts. After a total of 5 hours, my meat was 155℉ internally. I removed the pork butts from the Traeger Ironwood 885 and laid them on a sizeable double-lined sheet of foil. My wrap consisted of 1 cup of Heath Riles BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce and 1 cup of Heath Riles BBQ Tangy Vinegar Sauce mixed until smooth. I poured the wrap over the pork butts and folded tin foil over the top. Finish and serve. I put the pork butts back on the pit and set my ChefAlarm for 200℉. Once the Boston Butts reached temperature, I took them off the Traeger Ironwood 885. My pork had a total cook time of about 8 ½ hours. I let the meat rest for 1 ½ hours before digging in.
The pork butt came off the grill with a gorgeous crust! It was so tender; the blade bone just slid right out. Layering the seasonings gave my Boston Pork Butt Recipe a fabulous flavor profile. The peach, pecan, and honey shined when paired with salty pork. This recipe is one for the books!
Serving Suggestions for Pulled Pork
I love reserving the juice from the bottom of the pan to pour over the meat. Simply transfer the juices to a bowl or measuring cup and let cool. Scrape the grease off and mix the liquid into the pork.
Storing Leftover Boston Pork Butt
I love vacuum-sealing leftovers to use in other dishes. If you vacuum-seal your meat, it lasts up to a month in the fridge. If you store it in a covered container, it will only last about 4 days. You can also freeze your pork for up to 4 months.
Equipment and Tools
Boston Pork Butt Recipe | Traeger Ironwood 885
Trim fat caps down to 1/4 an inch or less, trim some fat off of the money muscle if you wish, trim any bone fragment off of the butts.
Mix Heath Riles BBQ Pork Injection with apple juice (1/4 cup of injection to 12 ounces of apple juice for EACH but)
Inject each butt using a grid / checkerboard pattern all over (front, back & sides)
Apply yellow mustard or other binder of choice
Coat butts with a light layer of Heath Riles BBQ Everyday Rub all over
Apply a light layer of Heath Riles BBQ Pecan Rub all over
Apply a light layer of Heath Riles BBQ Peach Rub all over
Apply a layer of Heath Riles BBQ Honey Rub all over (Honey for the Money!)
Place butts in small pans (if you wish) with fat cap side up. Place butts on Traeger (or any pellet grill or smoker of your choice) at 275º (we used Hickory pellets)
Cook butts at 275º for approximately 2.5 hours and then spritz with apple juice. Cook an additional 2-2.5 hours (until butts are 150º-160º internally).
Mix 1 cup of Heath Riles BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce and 1 cup of Heath Riles BBQ Tangy Vinegar BBQ Sauce together. Pour 1 cup over each butt after mixing sauce up good.
Wrap butts with aluminum foil and place back on the grill / smoker (we set a Chef's Alarm for 200º so we would know once they were done).
Once internal temperature of 200º is reached, take butts off of cooker and let them rest for 1-1.5 hours.