So here we go! Woke up way too early (5am) to smoke some shoulder. It's the picnic section which I've done many times so it it should be a good candidate for my first long smoke on this thing. After skinning and trimming it weighed in at about 6.5 lbs so it should be done in about 10-12 hrs.
After a nice strong cup of coffee, I filled the firebox with an entire bag of Kinsford comp. I filled the chimney with about 30 bricks from the center and lit her up. More coffee! Once coals were lit I dumped them in the center and put a pre heated oak split on top. Let that burn for about 5 minutes and then closed it all up to bring it up to temp.
While the pit was coming up to temp, I skinned and rubbed down the shoulder. This little piggy did not want to give up its skin! I finally got it off, slathered with mustard and rubbed it down. Pit was running hot (because I can't follow instructions) at about 300 so it was looking like dinner might end up being lunch. Oh well, just cook the meat.
And onto the smoker
So after I started to follow the instructions for adjusting temp on this thing, I was able to get it to settle in at 265* and it has stayed there for a while. Luckily, pork shoulder is super forgiving so I'm not too worried about my outcome.
About two hrs in sitting at 126* IT. I'll check it again in a couple hrs. Happy Sunday yall!