So I have a few questions regarding if this is normal or not. A few weeks ago I smoked a pork shoulder at about 9 pounds. I started at about 5:30am assuming it would take a really long time. I have the electric masterbuilt smoker. I went back to sleep and woke up and the internal temp was a lot warmer than I anticipated when I woke up. It never seemed to have a stall or anything and before I knew it had reached 201 internal temp after roughly 8 hours or so. It "looked" done concerning the meat aspect but didnt have the dark bark around it. I'll post a picture below. This was done cooking at 225 degrees.
I meant to write this sooner when the times were fresh in my mind, but I had gotten busy so some times may not be spot on. Today i started another shoulder, this time at 250 based on a thread recently posted, to try and get that crispy bark around it. It has been about 4 hours and the internal temp is reading 180 already. This is based on the thermometer that comes with the smoker as a meat probe. Anyone have any advice or is this pretty normal? Thanks for any help.