How to Boil a Pork Shoulder Butt

eHow may earn compensation through affiliate links in this story.

Things You'll Need

  • Seasonings

  • Large stockpot

  • Water or chicken broth

  • Meat thermometer

Boiling a pork shoulder butt, whether smoked or raw, is the perfect way to cook pork for pulled pork. The key to properly cooked pork is for the butt to reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. This will ensure the meat is fully cooked and safe to eat. Once boiled, the pork will be easy to shred for pulled pork using nothing more than a couple of forks.


Step 1

Season the pork butt with the herbs and spices of your choice.

Step 2

Place the butt into a large stockpot and cover with water or chicken broth.

Step 3

Bring the stockpot to a boil over medium-high heat on the stovetop.

Step 4

Turn the heat down to medium-low and boil the meat until it is falling from the bone. This can take two to three hours depending on the size of the butt roast.


Step 5

Insert a meat thermometer into a large portion of the boiled butt roast to ensure it reads at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 6

Remove the pork shoulder from the water and serve as desired.


If the pork butt has a heavy layer of fat, use a sharp knife to remove excess fat before boiling.