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Finding my groove - Pork shoulder roast & brisket w/Q

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Continuing my quest to learn fire management and my preference for Central Texas-Yankee Style smokes....After a lot of smokes using fruit woods and various seasonings, rubs, juices, and even beer I've really come to prefer the Central Texas S&P rub with Oak & Hickory woods, some Mesquite here and there. I add Yankee style because I add onion & garlic to the rub and toss in some fruit wood for an accent.


Used primarily Frontier hardwood lump, really enjoyed the way it burned and smelled compared to the Royal Oak Natural Lump. Iron skillet mod wasn't getting enough air so I broke out the chip pan - after a 20 minute spike to 500+ we were back under control. The quick heat worked out well except for the AMNS dust was burned, um, immediately. A quick mop with the only juice I had available - peach lemonade and the smoke went on.


Butcher had Pork Shoulder Roasts which were just under 3 lbs, thought this was a good idea with a late start.....it was the best thing I've smoked yet and was quickly devoured.


I did finish on the warming rack of the grill at 300 as it was getting to late evening and the coals were starting to lose their heat. Pork about 45 mins and the brisket about 1 hr, 15 mins. 


Foiled pork at 170 and transferred to grill to 205, rested for an hour, it was almost entirely gone in 10 minutes.


The brisket went unwrapped the whole way and I pulled about 197 and rested it in a tent for about an hour. Taste was good and just about the right tenderness but I think another 30 minutes would have been perfect.


Yep....two different butchers this time.



Looks a little smokey...just added some fresh, hot coals.


Finished at 300 on the grill.


Dang that was good....



I think pork shoulder roasts have a future....a few at a time


And last but not least, the brisket....was good but had a hard time measuring up as the pork came out among my best smokes yet.

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Wow, both look good but I agree that pork looks to die for....nice smoke!

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Thanks Knife, I'm already chomping at the bit to get more of the those shoulder roasts going. I've not come across that cut before but I like the way the smoke penetrated the smaller piece of meat and think I'll start running 3-4 of those at a time now. 

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Good job, both look great to me.  I'm warming up left over pork shoulder from Friday


Gary S

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Looks like the smoke really got in there good.
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Gary - thank you! Smoke leftovers are great, I put some of the brisket in a small crock pot myself today for tacos.


David - thanks - I was mighty happy with the smoke rings - I had not come across butts cut up as roasts before but I've decided from now on I'll be smoking 3-4 of those at a time instead of one monster piece of meat, the flavor was great, cook times lower, and honestly a bit easier to handle.

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