Pork Shoulder Question

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by ccasiglio, Aug 28, 2007.

  1. ccasiglio

    ccasiglio Newbie

    tomorrow i'm smoking two pork roasts (a 9 pound picnic arm and a 7 or 8 pound butt). i'm using a brinkmann upright smoker and plan on smoking it at around 200-225 degrees. can anyone give me some advice on how to long i should smoke 'em? i want them nice and tender and ready for pulling. thanks in advance for any help.
  2. ultramag

    ultramag SMF Events Planning Committee

    Welcome to SMF ccasiglio!!!

    Time will vary due to pit temp and the connective tissue in the meat. You need to be looking for an internal temp of 200° or so for pulling those cuts. It should be just about ready to fall apart and if it's a butt the bone should slide out clean when it's done and done right. It is fine to go ahead and run that smoker on up in the 225°-250° range as well so it doesn't take quite so long. Don't forget to give the meat a little time to rest before pulling.
  3. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

  4. johnd49455

    johnd49455 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF the best BBQ site on the net[​IMG]

    Internal temp is the key.

    I often hit plateau & swear my thermometer is broken. Once you hit 195 to 205 degrees it is ready to rest. Then pull that baby[​IMG]
  5. ajthepoolman

    ajthepoolman Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I had a 9 pounder that smoked for 15 1/2 hours before hitting 200 degrees. The plateau was agony! I didn't think it would climb past 170. Eventually it will get there.
  6. ccasiglio

    ccasiglio Newbie

    first off, i didn't propery introduce myself so i guess i should. name's chris, 31, been livin in texas for 3 years or so. i've been grilling since i was a teenager but smoking was never something i tried until moving to texas. after buying my smoker i managed to kill a fair dollar value in meat trying to smoke so i haven't really used it much until recently. i was always able to smoke great chicken (whole or cut-up) but ribs or brisket or anything always screwed me up. i've finally learned to control my temp properly so i'm trying to get this smoking thing down. the other day i finally managed a perfect brisket and i was thrilled. now i'm taking the big step of trying the pork shoulder.

    anyway, thanks for the advice everyone. i appreciate the quick responses. particularly the part about the plateau, i would have been freakin out tomorrow, lol. debi, i'll be taking a close look at your site, thanks a lot.

    i guess i'll figure on it taking 12-15 hours or so and keep a close eye on the temp. thanks again everyone. i'm glad i found this place, expect to hear from me more!
  7. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hello Chris, and welcome to the SMF. Looks like you've got a running start, good luck on the smoke. Make sure you test your therms before using them.
  8. johnd49455

    johnd49455 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    The thing about butt is it is hard to kill.
    If it gets done early you can always let it rest a little longer & it won't burn your fingers as much pulling it.
    With a good finishing sauce you can always warm the pulled pork in a crock pot or roaster to serve it later.[​IMG]
  9. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF, Chris!! Best of luck on the butt smoke. Most folk are intimidated by the brisket so they generally tackle to pork butts first (which has been mentioned as being more forgiving in regards to temp spikes). Since you've got the brisket down, the butts will be a walk in the park!
  10. gravy

    gravy Newbie

    I have a butt portin ham. Can you smoke this or is it best just cook it?
  11. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Gravy -

    You can smoke anything! [​IMG]

    Why don't you head for roll call and introduce yourself so we can greet you properly?
  12. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Welcome to SMF! Glad you found us.

    Take care, have fun, and do good!


  13. Welcome, Chris. Be sure to let us know how your butt comes out.
  14. devolutionist

    devolutionist Meat Mopper

    Smoke that butt around 220 until the internal temp gets up to 200 and you'll have some great pulled pork!

    If you have to ballpark your start/end times, I use 1.5 hours per pound. That's risky though cause it may stall out for who knows how long at 150. It's best to shoot low and try to finish at least an hour before you're going to sit down for dinner, because you want it to rest for a while at room temp after you take it off - so be sure to let it sit for a little while before pulling it. And for heaven's sake, put some foil under it to save that awesome juice that drips from it back to the pulled pork!

    Post us up some pics when you git 'er done!
  15. irwinwd

    irwinwd Smoke Blower

    wow, I did 2 pork shoulders (first try) Sunday and I was winging it shooting for 185. That's where I pull brisket. At 175 I was saying to myself, this looks like it needs to come off. I switched my meat thermometer from beef to pork and it's saying 170 temp for pork. I pulled it off and the were done and just a touch on the dry side. My recent test would say wrap around 160, finish around 175. I never did wrap it, I was a little late on the 170 point I would typically do that. I assume it would have been a little more moist if it was wrapped the last 15 degrees.
  16. ajthepoolman

    ajthepoolman Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Wrap in foil after 140 degrees if possible. Let it finish cooking double wrapped in foil until it hits 200. Again, it takes forever, but man is it worth it. The meat just practically smothers itself in BBQ sauce and jumps on the bun even without a fork to pull it!
  17. coleysmokinbbq

    coleysmokinbbq Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Hi Chris!...Welcome to the SMF!...[​IMG]...Glad to have you aboard!...
  18. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome aboard Chris... can't wait to see the results (hint: we want pics... [​IMG] )!

    Good advice has been given here, you'll do fine. Just remember the plateau... don't try to rush it by bumping up the cooker temp..

    Good luck!

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