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Pork shoulder first try w/q view

post #1 of 11
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With everyone's good advice I pulled it off. My first try turned out darned good. I was asked by my neighbors to smoke 4 pork shoulders for a block party in December, so since I had never done one before I asked for help. I got a lot of replys & used that info to practice on a shoulder that I got at Sam's a couple of days ago. It was 2 pieces about 18 pounds total. Here's what they looked like.

They were about the same size & weight ( about 9 lbs. each ). I trimmed some of the fat cap off & coated with mustard & rub. Saran wrap & into the fridge overnight.

I was estimating about 1.5 hours per lb., so I figured about 13-14 hours. I get up early in the AM so I put them in the smoker (MSM) at 3 in the afternoon, thinking they would be done around 4 or 5 in the morning. which is when I usually get up.

I kept them in the smoker for 6 hours with out even putting a probe in them. I know some of you won't approve of my next step, but I put probes in & foiled them with apple juice & Capt. Morgan, then I set our oven to 225*, set the remote therms to go off at 205* & put them in the oven. I put one remote by my side of the bed & one next to my wife. Wouldn't you know it at 1:45 AM the alarms are going off. We got up wraped them in towels & put them in a cooler. I wasn't able to get to them until about 8:00 AM. I didn't know what to expect, but after 6 hours in the cooler they had only dropped to 162*. They were tender & juicy.

I used bear claws to pull the meat but if it had been a little cooler I could of used my hands, it was just falling apart.

One down & one to go.

I tossed the meat with a little homemade bbq sauce just to give it another layer of flavor. I can have sammies for a month. I kept out a large bowl for the next couple of days & put the rest in the freezer in food saver bags.

I want to thank all you guys who gave me advice when I posted "Need help pork shoulder". If it weren't for this forum I would have never been able to acomplish this smokin experience.
Thanks again, Al
post #2 of 11
glad to hear that everything went well PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif

Pork shoulder is still on my wishlist
post #3 of 11
I don't know, they look pretty good to me! What temp did you have your MES at?
post #4 of 11
Great job AL.Your neighbors are in for a treat.....PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
Mr. Mac,
My MES runs a little hot so I set the temp at 215* & it maintained about 225* to 230*.
post #6 of 11
Everything looks fabulous to me and the homemade BBQ sauce is always the kicker too. points.gifpoints are earned for sure for you and now you just have to do it four more times don't you. So much for the yard of the month haha.
post #7 of 11
Looks great. Color is perfect
post #8 of 11
When and where is the block party? I need to check my schedule!

Great looking pulled pork! -B
post #9 of 11
Great looking pork. You're on a roll now.biggrin.gif
post #10 of 11
Looks Great AL...PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #11 of 11
Well done Al. The Capt Morgan's was a nice touch. Doesn't matter how ya finished it off, as long as you are happy. Worthy of points.gif
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