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smoking shoulder timing

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone, new member here. Ive had an electric smoker for a couple years now and have successfully smoked about 10 shoulders/butt. But every single time I had to smoke the pork for right around 18 hours, which is almost double the cook time from what I read it should take.
I dont mind the long cook time but im always nervous that I will one day be done in the actual time and be done way to early. So my question is, what could I be doing wrong.
Next question, this weekend im smoking 4 shoulders for a party. Will they taken even long with more meat in the smoker?
post #2 of 8

More info would help.


What smoker?


What temperature is the smoker?


What temp are you cooking the pork to?


How much does the shoulder weigh on average?

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Sorry, that would be some useful info.
im using a masterfully electric smoker
I set the smoker at 225°
I pull the pork out at 190° internal temp
ive used shoulders and butts all around 6-8lb range.
thank you very the response
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Masterbuilt smoker, auto correct error
post #5 of 8

Yes that is a little on the long side for 6-8 pounders that only go to 190. Do you go by the built in thermometer or do you have an aftermarket one? Most Masterbuilt thermos are incorrect so you might be smoking at 200 without knowing it. 

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Yes, I use the built in thermometer for the smoker temp and the meat temp.
I will try a different thermometer.
Thanks again
post #7 of 8

I set my Masterbuilt at 275 (it's max) & do butts in just a tad bit over an hour per pound. The higher temp also minimizes the stall.



post #8 of 8

texas.gif  Good evening and welcome to the forum, from a nice pleasant day in East Texas, and the best site on the web. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.



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