I picked up a shoulder from Costo the other day, and I failed to realize it was a 12lb shoulder!!! I've done some reading around the forums and I think I got both the butt and the picnic in one package, but I haven't opened it up yet.
I'm looking for a bit of assistance, as the forum posts have indicated this might be a smoke that is in excess of 24hr if it is in fact a whole 12lb piece of meat. I'm pretty sure this is an awesome rookie mistake that will humor you seasoned veterans of the BBQ pit here, I have thick skin so go ahead and pile it on! LOL
Do you vets think it's both the picnic and the butt in the same packaging? or did I seriously buy a 12lb butt or picnic cut. The packaging on Costo says "Whole Shoulder, Pork".
I'm looking to use Hickory and Cherry pellets on the Traeger Lil Tex Elite. I've got the digitial remote thermometer and a few good rubs and finishing sauces at the ready. Is it best to put it into a pan to smoke or is it safe to leave on the open pit on the grill.
As far as wrapping it, I would like a bit of decent bark to enjoy, but also realize if I don't wrap it, this will also increase the smoking time.
Lastly... (cringing) do you risk cutting the shoulder in half to make two, 6lb cuts to decrease cooking time??? If this is a cardinal sin of BBQ then I will accept my public lashings next weekend HAHA!
Thanks for any advice you guys might have and wish me luck!!!!