First shoulder in my new WSM

Discussion in 'Pork' started by dash86, Sep 4, 2016.

  1. Hi all, I'm here in the middle of my Labor Day weekend pork butt smoke. Not in any rush, so I got going around 8am this morning. This is my first pork shoulder smoke in my new Weber Smokey Mountain and I've been having a little trouble with temperature fluctuation, but I do think it's my fault as I've been out there playing with the smoke valves all morning.

    Getting the charcoal going

    The shoulder was in the fridge overnight with a mustard base and basic rub.

    about two hours in

    threw some eggs on too, just as an experiment

    I'll post some updates as the day progresses.
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  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Once you get the temp about where you want it, just close 2 of the bottom vents & leave the third one just cracked open, maybe 1/2".

    Then leave it alone for a while & see where it wants to stabilize at. If it's too high, just shut the vent a tad & let it stabilize again. Too low open it a tad.

    Leave the top vent wide open all the time.

    Good luck!

  3. Thanks for the tip! I am going to give this a try right now and see if I can't get a stable temp for a while. Thanks again.
  4. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking great, Al has you covered!
  5. Here we are about five hours in.
  6. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks good Were you able to get the temp regulated?

    I have a BBQ GURU on mine 

  7. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Oh yeah.  I'm in.

  8. Using the method that Al recommended, I was able to get the temp regulated for a few hours. Then it started to dive pretty quickly, and I had to add more charcoal. I think I might have been a little light on the charcoal when I started. It's still hanging in there, last time I checked I had an internal temp of around 177.

    This is all a learning process for me, so I'm just trying to figure out what works and what doesn't. Thanks for the help, everyone.

    current status
  9. end result - after about 13 hours on the smoker, one hour resting. Tastes damn good, and that's all that matters in the end!
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  10. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    It sure looks good from here!

    Nice job!

  11. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit

    Nice first smoke on the WSM!
  12. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Nice job!
  13. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    That is some nice pulled pork!  Great job!  [​IMG]

  14. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Tasty looking pork! Fill the ring full close down the vents it should snuff the fire shake the ash out before the next smoke.
  15. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    What happened to the eggs?  
  16. I took the eggs off after about two hours, and they were pretty good! I had never had a smoked egg before so I had no idea what to expect, but I did enjoy it. The girlfriend loved them, ate three and left me one!

    Thanks for your help and comments everyone, I really appreciate it.
  17. lancep

    lancep Master of the Pit

    Looks great man! There are a few ways to regulate temp on a WSM. The great thing is that once dial in the method that works for you it will be rock solid. Points on that shoulder for sure!!

  18. abyss

    abyss Newbie

    That looks really good, gotta try it soon. How much did the shoulder weigh, what did your temps bounce inbetween, how long into it did you get it to regulate, and what temp did you pull it?

    I have a wsm, so answering this stuff will really help me get a feel for how I should go at it.
  19. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks like a great result that deserves points!


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