Should I remove it or leave it on?
The meat is sitting on the kitchen counter and I need your advice urgently. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm taking pics and will try to put together a detailed post from package to table but that has to wait.
If you are pulling the pork, leave it on. It will remain intact and easy to separate even after the meat cooks to temp. It is easier to deal with that way. Sounds like you might actually have a whole shoulder and not a ham.
No. Leave it as is and you will be fine.
It is a toss up! The skin will take smoke and it is tasty to flavor Beans or Soup another time...Or...Remove it so get more bark on the meat...Both ways is good, you can score it if you wish and have the best of both...JJ