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posted September 05, 2019

Pumpkin Spice Pulled Pork with Pumpkin Spice BBQ Sauce

Pumpkin Spice Pulled Pork is a festive and fun way to enjoy pulled pork. When everyone around you is into pumpkin spice EVERYTHING, wow them with this savory and slightly sweet BBQ take on a fall must-have.

pumpkin spice pulled pork on a bun with bbq sauce with text overlay that reads "Pumpkin Spice Pulled Pork."

Pumpkin Spice Pulled Pork

Yeah, you heard me. Pumpkin. Spice. Pulled. Pork. I mean, ’tis the season for pumpkin spice, so why not put it on some good ol’ BBQ? The flavor on this pulled pork is unique – I’m not gonna lie – but it’s also totally delicious and keeps you coming back for more. You get this traditional smoky, pork flavor from the smoked pulled pork, and your mind reads “BBQ.” Then you catch these warm flavors from the cinnamon and nutmeg, and you’re suddenly in pumpkin spice heaven.

Pumpkin spice pulled pork came to existence at a recent Hey Grill Hey team meeting as we were brainstorming content for future months. My husband, Todd, made a joke similar to, “We need to do some sort of pumpkin spice BBQ because pumpkin spice is everywhere in September and October.” We all had a good laugh, because pumpkin spice on BBQ? Yeah right!

Smoked pork shredded in a metal pan, with a glass jar full of Pumpkin Pie sauce in the background.

Pumpkin Pie Spice on Pulled Pork

The more I thought about it, the more I began to think of how the cinnamon, cloves and ginger in the pumpkin pie spice would actually play well into a savory application. I mean, it could honestly, truly taste amazing. So what would this pumpkin spice taste best on? Obviously, pulled pork is the ideal carrier of this tasty spice. With the right combination of ingredients, we could be in for a pretty amazing meat treat.

I’m honestly not a big fan of pumpkin spice-flavored drinks and food. It all tastes so artificial to me. But by smoking some pork shoulder and finding a way to add in the pumpkin spice without overwhelming it, I knew I had discovered a new, kinda crazy, but totally delicious twist on BBQ.

From this moment forward, pumpkin spice pulled pork was born!

Pulled pork on an open bun with sauce being drizzled onto the pork.

Pumpkin Spice Dry Rub

When I set out to create an amazing pumpkin spice pulled pork, I knew I needed a few key elements to truly pull it off. The first key element to this pork is in the rub. By adding 4 basic spices (plus brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice, of course), this pulled pork becomes infused with tons of flavor that work with the pumpkin spice instead of allowing it to take over the entire flavor profile.

Another key step to making this pork sing is by wrapping it in my Peach Butcher Paper from our store, Patio Provisions. By wrapping the meat in butcher paper during the smoking process, this pork develops a beautiful flavor and gorgeous dark bark. And that coveted bark and juicy flavor are must-haves when smoking pork shoulder.

hinge top glass jar of Pumpkin Pie Spice BBQ sauce.

Pumpkin Spice BBQ Sauce

Once this pumpkin spice pulled pork is seasoned and smoked to perfection, it’s downright delicious on it’s own, what with that nice bark and tasty rub. But it wouldn’t be complete without the ultimate BBQ sauce. And we’re not stopping at any ordinary BBQ sauce, no sir! We’re going all-in on this recipe with a pumpkin spice BBQ sauce.

Much like the pork shoulder itself, the BBQ sauce is infused with pumpkin spice seasoning, and it’s both sweet and savory. The sauce finishes the whole experience with a final punch of that pumpkin spice flavor that you all came here for. After all, if you’re making some pumpkin spice pulled pork, you better taste it from start to finish, right? We don’t mess around here at Hey Grill Hey. When we go pumpkin spice, we go BIG and put it in everything!

More Pulled Pork Recipes

So maybe you’re not 100% into this particular flavor of pulled pork. I understand. It’s quite the adventurous smoke, after all. But no worries! I have a handful of other pulled pork recipes to make until you’re ready to jump into this spice-infused adventure.

Cider Brined Pulled Pork
Carolina Pulled Pork
Simple Smoked Pulled Pork

Pumpkin Spice Pulled Pork Recipe

Watch the video below the recipe card and I’ll show you step-by-step how I make this amazing meat at home. I’m all about helping you make better BBQ, feed the people you love, and become a backyard BBQ hero. You can check out more of my smoking and grilling recipe videos on YouTubeInstagram, or our Facebook Page.

Making adventurous food should be easy, and Hey Grill Hey is here to help! Over at Patio Provisions, we have sauces, rubs, and more to save you time and energy when making delicious weekday meals. Check it out today!

Pumpkin Spice Pulled Pork

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Pumpkin Spice Pulled Pork is a festive and fun way to enjoy pulled pork. When everyone around you is into pumpkin spice EVERYTHING, wow them with this savory and slightly sweet BBQ take on a fall must-have.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time : 15 mins
Cook Time : 14 hrs
Total Time : 14 hrs 15 mins
Servings : 16
Calories : 75kcal


  • 1 8-10 pound pork shoulder, bone-in

Pumpkin Spice Rub

  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Pumpkin Spice BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons molasses
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


  • In a medium saucepan, combine all of the ingredients for the pumpkin spice BBQ sauce over medium heat. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer the sauce for 20-25 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, let the sauce slightly cool, and transfer to a lidded jar. Refrigerate the sauce while you prepare your pulled pork. The flavors will combine and mellow together overnight.
  • Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the Pumpkin Pie Spice Rub.
  • Sprinkle the rub on all sides of the pork shoulder and use the palm of your hand to press the seasoning into the meat.
  • Place the shoulder on the smoker, close the lid, and smoke for 8-10 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F and the color on the exterior of the pork is turning a nice mahogany color.
  • Tear off two large pieces of peach butcher paper (or foil) and lay them so they overlap on a large work surface. Set the pork shoulder towards the end of the paper on top of the seam and wrap, folding over the ends of the paper and rolling tightly.
  • Return the wrapped shoulder to the smoker and cook until the internal temperature of the roast reaches 200-203 degrees F and the thermometer probe slides into the meat like softened butter.
  • Remove the pork shoulder from the smoker and allow it to rest for 1 hour.
  • Shred the pork, discarding any gristle or excess fat. Serve the pulled pork on buns with the pumpkin spice BBQ sauce.


Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 867mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
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