Re: smoked shoulder question.....I agree with oillogger, trim the skin. Trim it by peeling it away with a sharp knife. Start at one edge and pull while slicing between the skin and the shoulder with the tip of the knife. The pork shoulder is sold these days in two pieces, the â€œPicnicâ€ and the â€œpork shoulder Boston Buttâ€. When together as one piece, it is usually referred to as a long shoulder or whole shoulder. What you have is probably the Picnic. A cap of fat is desirable so do not trim the fat before cooking. I prefer to place the shoulder on the shelf fat side uo but there are those who believe otherwise.