Whole shoulder Butt and Picnic ! Should I cut in smaller 3-4 pound roast size?

Discussion in 'Grilling Pork' started by imbrayon, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. imbrayon

    imbrayon Newbie

    Shoulder is 23 pounds, I intend to slow Smoke  it on my char-griller 3001 grillin' pro using the charcoal Smoker.

    The meat will be for pulled Pork

    I will take the skin off and cut off most of the fat down to about 1/4 inch all around and then use a rub to smoke it. and finish of the last hour or so with a sauce.

    My main question is if I should cut the shoulder into smaller roasts thereby finishing with more Bark to provide more taste to the pulled pork .



  2. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    23 lbs. ! that's big !! . Did you get it from a butcher ?? add a picture of it.
  3. imbrayon

    imbrayon Newbie

    Sorry about that it is only 11pounds ... my kg to lbs was not properly input.
  4. imbrayon

    imbrayon Newbie

    lol and the sticker says Picnic not the whole shoulder lol

    Nevertheless should I cut it up in 3 pièces
  5. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    IMHO, I wouldn't cut it up. I would smoke it whole. When I cook a smaller piece of pork, it always seems a little drier to me but it may just be my imagination. 

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  6. imbrayon

    imbrayon Newbie

    Thank you that is what I was thinking of also ... would you have any comments in regards to the Skin Off ?
  7. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would take the skin off because I don't think the rub and smoke will penetrate it. As for the fat, I trim it because I think there is lots of fat in the cut and that the thick fat layer stops some of the smoke flavour from going into the meat. However, I have only been smoking for a year and I have read posts from people who I really trust that suggest trimming and others I trust equally who suggest not trimming the fat.

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  8. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    By the way, if you do trim the fat, save it for sausages!

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  9. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Remove the skin and cook it down for dog treats!

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