Fresh pork shoulder cook time

Discussion in 'Pork' started by kieth4548, May 20, 2016.

  1. kieth4548

    kieth4548 Newbie

    Ok I bought a hog from a farmer. Twice now I have tried smoking a 3 pound fresh shoulder. I have smoked them tons of times before but they came from a grocery store. These last two fresh ones have taken way longer to smoke then the store bought ones. Is there a reason for the difference in times from a fresh shoulder versus a store bought shoulder that would totally change the smoked times. I know you smoke to temp not time but usually I can estimate the time but the difference is totally throwing me off and I'm way over shooting my estimated completed times. I smoke them usually around 230. Very frustrating.

  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Most store bought shoulders have been "enhanced" with a solution. So that may be part of it. Maybe the fresh shoulders are denser, meatier, less fatty?
  3. kieth4548

    kieth4548 Newbie

    That's what my thinking is there less fatier and more solid meat. Just trying to figure this problem out.

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