Originally Posted by SmokeyMose
Originally Posted by forluvofsmoke
Ha-ha!!! Dan, I'd be happy to get a 9lb butt finished in 18 hours!!! Mine have run upwards of 24hrs, but I smoke my PP subjects @ 225*, sometimes dropping down to 210-215*, and to top it off, I'm @ 5K ft elevation which translates as the equivalence of cutting chamber temps by another 8-10* compared to sea-level. I will say they render out a ton of fat and melt the collagen nicely at lower chamber temps, but it will test your patience by the end of the next day if you're not accustomed to marathon low & slow smokes.
Wow, Eric! If it took me that long to cook a shoulder I'm afraid I would never have PP! We're at a little over 700 ft. Your outside temps and humidity are different too, I'm sure. It just goes to show how much ambient conditions can affect a cook. With my offset just a sunny day or cloudy day can make a huge difference, not to mention rain. How long to do a rack of SL ribs?
Oh, 700ft, yeah, there's no need to adjust for thermometer calibrations or cooking times...I think that would be 1.3* decrease in boiling water temp, if I'm not mistaken...not worth worrying about. For me, it's roughly a 9* drop, or 203* water-boil temp, the barometer is not effected by weather, of course, as barometric pressure is what really effects water-boil temp.
Ah, let's see...been so long since I've smoked SLRs...well I did a couple slabs in a friend's propane smoker a month or so ago, but that was over 250 miles away from my location, as the crow flies, and lower elevation. Seems like a 4-1-0.5 @ 230* for those. The last untrimmed Spares I did at home @ 225* I'm thinking 7, sometimes close to 8hrs, and BBRs run 5.75-6hrs. Of course, that somewhat depends on the finished texture I'm dialing in for that day and what methods I incorporate to achieve that texture.
Yeah, humidity is a non-issue here, unless it's about to, or already did rain. A couple days ago it was 24% RH with temps around 80*. Usually in summer during the heat of the day it's around 17-18% with temps around 80-90*...even less if temps touch triple digits...overnight it might climb to 40-50%. Late summer we start seeing morning dew with overnight lows in the 40's, sometimes in the lower 50's. Probably helps me with the makings for some of the ultimate killer bark on pork shoulder when RH is so low...bark so hard you don't even think about cutting through it...not even with a serrated knife. To break it apart when pulling the meat requires more than a little bit of effort. Crispy, crunchy bark, and succulent, tender, juicy pork...such varied textures, and...oh, no, did I just go there? NUTS!!! My wife gabbed a butt that's in the freezer and I can't smoke an all-nighter until next Wednesday night after work. Picnic shoulders are my favorite for PP subjects, but...I might have to get that into a fridge to thaw and fire up the WSM next days off, 'cuz now I'm cravin' that PP and wicked bark I know so well!!! And, since I haven't tested my theory on my Wild Hawg Rub (for ribs) being too mild for shoulder, this could just be the smoke I've been waiting for.