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Posted in: Pork
Prep Time:
20 Minutes
Grill time:
6 to 10 Hours

Smoked Leg of Pork

Sweet and Sassy

Posted on by Andrea Alden
Smoked Leg of Pork
Serves 6+
Prep Time:
Grill time: 6 to 10 Hours
Smoked Leg of Pork is super versatile and worth the wait with your smoker. I got a real deal on a gigantic leg of pork, like this thing was 15+ pounds, and I only paid $1.00/lb or something. So there it sat in my freezer for nearly 9 months, waiting for the perfect moment to be grilled to perfection. And it was time. The air was crisp, apples came into season, and I was ready. 
Smoke for 6 to 10 hours
Smoke for 6 to 10 hours
We opted to shred
We opted to shred
Serve on an everything bun
Serve on an everything bun

Smoked Leg of Pork

Serves: 6+       Total Time: 6 Hours, 20 Minutes


  • 1 leg of pork, 12 to 20 lbs.
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 apple, grated
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. crushed chili flakes
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 1 bag of applewood smoking chips

Pulled Pork Sauce

  • 2 cups Crazy Canuck BBQ Sauce by Ted Reader
  • 1 cup beer (your favorite will do)
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. crushed chili flakes (more or less as per your taste)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • buns for serving


Step 1
Soak a bowl or bucket full of applewood chips and fill a spray bottle with applejuice. Preheat your charcoal grill or Apollo™ smoker to between 200°F and 220°F.
Step 2
Combine the grated apple, brown sugar, crushed chili and chili powder in a large bowl. You can add more or less chili as per your tastes. Rub the pork leg with the apple rub, coating it thoroughly. If your leg is larger, you may need to double the rub.
Step 3
Once the smoker is to temperature place the leg over indirect heat (charcoal grill) or on the second tier of the smoker (Apollo™). Add some soaked wood chips and wait.
Step 4
Monitor the temperature and add lit charcoal as necessary. Replenish wood chips every 30 to 60 minutes. Every hour you should spray the pork with the apple juice.
Step 5
After 5 hours or so, you should start monitoring the temperature. It's super easy if you have the Napoleon Wireless Thermometer, just stick it in and set the temperature you are waiting for. An alarm will go off when it's just right.
Step 6
You can serve this as a roast, or shred it right off the bone for pulled pork style sandwiches.
Step 7
For the sauce, combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.
This Smoked Leg of Pork was super scrumptious. That dark crust on the outside was spicy and sweet, we couldn't help but to eat it while we were shredding. It was a fantastic day of smoking food. Crisp and sunny. After dinner, we went for a walk in the woods with a friend's dog, we were babysitting him. What is your favorite grilling day memory? Do you have one? Share it with us below in the comments section!

Happy Grilling!


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