I'm planning on smoking pork shoulder (totaling 30 pounds) for pulled pork for an event on Thursday afternoon, and I'd like some advice on smoking time. I've never attempted to smoke this much at once, but have smoke 10 pounds of pork shoulder at a time and that took about 12 hours to reach 200 degrees.
I am using a MES 30. Assuming all or most of the meat will fit at one time, how long should it take to smoke 30 pounds of pork shoulder assuming each hunk of meat is approximately the same weight (maybe 8-10 pounds each) to total 30 pounds? Will it be comparable to doing 10 pounds or will the smoking time increase significantly with this amount of meat? It needs to be done on Thursday morning, so if it put it in the smoker at 225 degrees starting Wednesday afternoon around 3:00, allowing 12+ hours of smoking time, does that sound reasonable or will it need more time?
Thank in advance for any advice.