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Newbie question about Smokin a Pork Shoulder

post #1 of 6
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Good Day All,


Ive been smoking meats for a few months now with my electric smoker. Everything I have made so far has been awesome IMO. I have a question though about smoking a pork shoulder. I recently did a 6 pound one for 1.5 hours per pound (9 hours total) at 225 degrees and it came out great.


I now have a 10 pound pork shoulder I would like to smoke. Going by the 1.5 hours at 225 degrees it will take me 15 hours. I have no issue with it taking that long and am more then willing to put in the time but I was wondering if I were to cut the pork shoulder in half and make two 5 pounders and cook them at the same time side by side on the same rack spaced apart a few inches at the same 225 degrees and I still looking at 15 hours or do I now cut the time down to 7.5 hours?


Any and all help is greatly appreciated!

post #2 of 6

Time goes by largest piece of meat so 7.5 Hrs

post #3 of 6
Welcome to SMF .
Don't go by time. Go by temp. Take it to ( 200 to 205) and it will pull real easy.
I have done 10lbs ones that took 9 hours up to 16 hours. I have never cut one in half so
I can't help with how much faster it would be to get done
post #4 of 6

  If you cut it in half. it will reduce cook time. However. ALWAYS go by temp rather than time! 1.5 hours per pound is a guide.  Please go to new members section and introduce yourself. Be sure to in



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post #5 of 6

Hello and welcome to SMF! Just as everyone above stated...goes by IT of the meat rather than time. 

post #6 of 6

I have had them take 2 hours per pound. So if I had gone by 1.5/lb I would have been way underdone. That's why, as said previously, go by temp.

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