This summer, you’ve been trying to perfect your skills on the grill. No longer do you burn the hot dogs and burgers. But what about taking your grilling game up a notch with pulled pork?

Believe it or not, pulled pork is one of the easiest BBQ menu items to master. The most important part of this recipe, though, is selecting the right cut of meat. Here are some tips to consider as you prepare this crowd favorite for the first time:

Opt for a shoulder cut

The pork shoulder consists of the entire front leg and shoulder of a hog. Typically, butchers divide this into two cuts, known as the Boston butt and the picnic roast (more on those in a bit). You will find that a full pork shoulder weighs about 15 pounds.

So what exactly makes this cut so appealing? For one thing, because of the intense fat marbling, pork shoulder doesn’t dry as quickly as other cuts. The sweetness and tenderness we all love stems from the smoking process when the collagen breaks down into simple sugars.

At first, it might seem like a waste of time to smoke a pork shoulder for long hours. Trust us when we say the smoking process is well worth the wait! As opposed to relying on rubs and sauces for flavor, you can be sure that the pork will stand alone on the deliciousness of the meat and the smoke.

The Boston butt and picnic roast make great choices, too

Can’t find a whole pork shoulder? Not a problem. The Boston butt and picnic roast will certainly appease your hungry guests as well.

As you can see on The Spruce Eats, the butt tends to be the preferred cut for grill masters at home. This cut has a consistent, rectangular shape is super easy to handle. One more thing: you can expect both of these cuts to weigh about seven pounds.

Use the rub liberally

This is where cooks often make a mistake. Pro tip: when applying the seasoning, take your pork and rinse it with cool water before drying. Then you can sprinkle the rub over the surface of the meat.

Granted, pork shoulders can have a pretty uneven surface. Take the time to add the rub from every angle. Once you’re done, wrap the meat in plastic wrap and place in the fridge to cool overnight (allow it to reach room temperature again before placing it in the smoker).

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