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It's Modded Out.. I Got the Cure Smoke Done

post #1 of 5
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I got the ECB modded out except one thing.. I have pictures, but will post later.. I did the cure smoke on Saturday. I think this weekend I'll attempt my first smoke.

 

I'm going to do a pork shoulder, but I can't find how hot I need to get the smoker or for how long. Help?

post #2 of 5

I like to do pork shoulder at 225.  A rough time estimate would be 1.5-2 hours per pound, but it's much better to cook to an internal temperature (IT) rather than for a set time.  If you're going to pull the pork, shoot for an IT of around 200.  If you're going to slice, maybe 190.  Of course, you'll need a meat thermometer to cook to a specific IT.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Ok here are my mods:

 

Legs on the outside. I got 4 bricks. Two long ways on the ground and then 2 on top. Found out today, I can probably get away with one level:

 

 

My new thermometer. It's a Brinkmann for a gas grill:

 

 

Finished product:

 

 

 

My first Q. Pork shoulder. This was at the 2 hour mark:

 

 

 

I didn't get any of the final product. I eventually had to finish it out in the oven. I couldn't get the IT over 160 on the smoker.

post #4 of 5

The smoker is looking good!  Was it holding temps OK?  If so, not getting the IT above 160 may have been a result of the "stall," not the smoker.  More info here: http://amazingribs.com/tips_and_technique/the_stall.html

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It held good except for the last hour.. It'd hold and then it'd drop.. It was like the wood was burning too fast.

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