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Smoking Boston Butt Recipe
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Smoking Boston Butt Recipe

Boston butt tends to still be a pretty affordable cut and can be bought in large quantities. Boston butt includes the bone of the shoulder blade. This bone, along with the slightly tougher meat makes it ideal for low and slow cooking methods like smoking. Smoking boston butt helps impart rich flavor and creates a tender texture. 

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Boston Butt
Servings: 4
Calories: 256kcal


  • Wood chips of your choice
  • Dry rub*


  • 8-10 lb boston butt

Dry rub

  • 1/4 cup kosher salt

  • 1/4 cup ground black pepper

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup paprika

  • 3 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 2 tablespoon ground coriander

  • 2 tablespoon onion powder

  • 2 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon cayenne powder


  • The morning before the day you plan on smoking your boston butt, begin by trimming the meat.

  • Excess fat should be trimmed away. Leave a 1/4 inch layer of fat along the bottom. 

  • This layer is called the “fat cap.” Score the fat cap using perpendicular diagonal lines, creating a checkerboard along the bottom.

  • Pat away any excess moisture with paper towels.

  • Create a brine using equal parts apple cider and apple cider vinegar.

  • Pour brine into a container large enough to completely submerge your cut of meat and leave covered and refrigerated all day.

  • In the evening, remove the meat from the brine mixture.

  • Reserve the brine to use for injection in the next step.

  • Pat dry the meat with paper towels, and apply the dry rub all over the sides.

  • Liberally coat the meat in dry rub by patting the mixture with handfuls of the seasoning.

  • Using a meat syringe, inject the meat with the brine every few inches.

  • Cover the brined and rubbed butt, and stash it in the fridge overnight.

  • On the next day, start 9 to 10 hours before you plan to eat.

  • Take the butt out of the fridge an hour before putting it on the grill.

  • Let it come almost to room temperature, and drain off any liquid that has collected in the pan.

  • Preheat the smoker and set to 225 degrees F.

  • Place meat in the smoker fat side up. 

  • Smoke the butt for about 8 hours.

  • Around the 8 hour mark, carefully remove the boston butt from the smoker and check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer.

  • The ideal temp is between 200 and 210 degrees F.

  • If it’s low, keep smoking until it’s up to the correct heat.

  • After cooking, rest your butt for an hour before slicing or shredding.

  • This helps keep the meat tender and keeps a little extra moisture in.


Serving: 113g | Calories: 256kcal