This post is sponsored by Twist’d Q (huge thanks to the brands that support Hey Grill, Hey!!) All opinions, recipes, and images are my own.
Bourbon Brown Sugar Smoked Pulled Pork is one of those recipes for the ages. Classic BBQ low and slow cooking combines with punchy, tongue-tingling flavors to make your mouth real happy! As a food blogger, I’m always on the hunt for products that feel innovative, exciting, and new. When I saw this Wicked Sweet Bourbon Seasoning from Twist’d Q, I knew it was going on some meat and in my smoker. They craft this particular seasoning blend with layers of sweet and spice that are basically made for the subtle/savory natural flavors in pork. Perfect meat harmony. I love when that happens! I have been so excited to share this recipe with you guys, my husband told me this was the best pulled pork I’ve ever done! I’ve already had a few people asking where they can grab a bottle, and it’s sold exclusively in Wal-Mart stores. You can see if there is a store carrying near you HERE. AND- I just found out they have a $2 off printable coupon for you to grab HERE.
I kept the process for smoking my pork shoulder (AKA Boston butt) fairly simple with a heavy emphasis on the bourbon and brown sugar flavor profile. The shoulder got a healthy dose of the sweet and spicy Wicked Sweet Bourbon Seasoning before hitting the grill for a low and slow smoke bath. I used even more seasoning to enhance the bourbon and apple cider vinegar in the mop sauce (which then turned into the foiling liquid during the second phase.) From beginning to end, I built up layers of those complementary flavors so that when it was all done and ready to pull there was that mouth watering sensation of mmmmmmmmmmmmmm in every single bite!!
Recipes like this are the ones I come back to over and over again because they are meant for that low and slow BBQ lifestyle, which allows me more opportunities for awesome family experiences. While we were waiting for the pork to finish smoking, I got to hang out on the back deck and kick up my feet while the kiddos played with water balloons in the yard. I could relax and enjoy that sweet smoky smell, knowing that everybody would happily chow down on this meal with no complaints! I hope you all enjoy my Bourbon Brown Sugar Smoked Pulled Pork as much as my family did. This is definitely a repeat recipe around here!
PRO TIPS: The steps in this recipe are easy to follow, but can be made much easier by investing in a good meat thermometer. The ideal temperature for transferring the pork to the foil pan is 165 degrees F and for ending up tender pulled pork when it is finished is between 201 and 203 degrees F. Keep an eye on your temperature and you’ll have perfect results every time!