Almond Smoked BBQ: Pork Shoulder with Knotty Wood Raw Honey

Almond Smoked BBQ

Are you looking for a healthful almond smoked BBQ recipe?

Want to create an impressive smoked BBQ entrée? If so, you don’t need to look further.

The following pork BBQ sensation features Knotty Wood Raw Honey for a sweet and delectable recipe mix that you’ll want to make over and over again. With a combination of sweet and smoky and mouthwatering flavors, everyone will be talking about this delicious meal.

What You’ll Need:

  • 5 lb pork shoulder
  • 1/2 cup Knotty Wood Raw Honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of your secret recipe BBQ sauce
  • 2 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp each of paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder or 1 tbsp of Knotty Wood BBQ Rub
  • 1 tsp of black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Knotty Wood Pellets for smoking the meat
  • 2 forks for shredding the meat


1. Prepare the Pork Shoulder

Trim the excess fat from the pork shoulder. Leave a thin layer of fat. Rub the surface with black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, and salt. Or you can replace the onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika with Knotty Wood BBQ rub.

2. Prepare the Smoker

Soak the Knotty Wood Almond BBQ Pellets in water for an hour. Then preheat the smoker so it retains a temperature of 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Add the soaked almond chips onto the wood chip tray.

3. Smoke the Meat

Place the pork shoulder over a drip pan inside the smoker. Shut the smoker lid and smoke the pork shoulder for 7 hours or until the meat’s inside temperature is 190 degrees Fahrenheit. Add water and soaked wood chips as required during the smoking phase. This will retain the temperature and level out the smoke. (Always keep the pellets in a cool and dry location.)

4. Add the Knotty Wood Raw Honey to the BBQ Sauce

During the smoking process, mix the Knotty Wood Raw Honey, the secret-mix BBQ sauce, the apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, and brown sugar in a saucepan. Allow the concoction to simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes or until it gets thick. Stir every now and then to prevent problems with sticking. After the sauce is the right consistency, set it aside.

5. Finish Cooking and Preparing the Pork

When the pork shoulder reaches the desired temperature internally, take it out of the smoker and set it aside for 30 minutes.


Next, gently shred the meat with two forks and get rid of any connective tissue or fat. Add in one-half of the honey BBQ sauce to the shredded meat. You may have to add more, depending on your flavor preference.

6. Serve the Pork Shoulder

Serve the meat to your family or guests and include the remaining honey BBQ sauce for dipping.

Sidekicks to Your Pork Shoulder Recipe

Besides your main smoked entree, you’ll want to add some sidekicks. Use the side dishes below to complement the meat’s savory and delightful taste.

1. A Traditional Side Dish: Coleslaw

Coleslaw is a traditional side dish for pork. Because it is tangy–with its mayo, carrots, and cabbage, it provides a smooth and tasty accompaniment. You can also douse the salad with apple cider vinegar to give it additional zing.

2. Nutritious and Tasty Smoked Veggies

You might also add veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes, and Brussels sprouts. These vegetables, when smoked,  provide a caramelized sweetness to the earthy flavor of the almond smoked pork.

3. Baked Beans

Slow cook some baked beans to support the smoked pork’s nutty and rich goodness. The sauce of the baked beans adds a feeling of comfort that everyone will appreciate.

4. Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy and cheesy, you can’t go wrong with this pulled pork side dish. The robust cheese flavor brings out the taste of the almond wood-smoked meat while the creamy texture of the all-American dish contrasts nicely with the tenderized fibers of pork. 

5. Smoked Corn on the Cob in Summer

When smoking pork in summer, corn on the cob is an added delight. The charred kernels support the pork flavor and add an appealing look to an outdoor warm-season meal banquet.

6. Spicy Cornbread

Cornbread made with jalapeno peppers is also an excellent sidekick to pork. The crumbly, sweet, and spicy bread is easy to make.

7. Smoked Baked Potato

Smoke some baked potatoes with your pork and top the potatoes with plain yogurt for a flavorful meal. The smoky almond flavor of the potatoes and meat ties the whole meal together.

Almond Smoked BBQ

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