Originally Posted by connieskarda
Connie Skarda from Dallas, Texas. Jim Martin and I have a Brinkman electric water smoker. I bought an 8.35 lb. pork shoulder and want to know how long to smoke it for sliced pork. I've heard 1/5-2 hours per lb. That's a whopping 16 hrs? Wow? We use apple wood chips at this time.
Any feedback is welcome!
Hi, Connie! This is one reason I look for 5# to 6# shoulder butts. Less cook time 😊.Like hamrhead said, cook times are an estimate in the smoking world. Monitor your meat temps with a digital probe (I use 2 single Mavericks, one for the meat and one for the chamber). Forget about times; you're watching temps (and beware the dreaded "stall". You'll see!). A lot depends on your cooker temps, I.E. hamr likes 225_235, I run about 240_250, but I use gas, so I can't keep the lower temps. Learn your smoker!
I'm not sure what what you mean by a water smoker. I use a water pan with everything but sausage smoking because I think it helps to keep the meat from drying out, but you'll see a lot of different opinions here.
It's all about low and slow and patience, but you'll love the end result!
I'm partial to apple wood myself, and have never cooked a butt to slice, and would love to hear how it turns out.
Welcome to the Forum and the addiction! OOPS, I mean the Hobby...😉