Brand New and need direction on pork shoulder

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jim dandy

Original poster
Jan 22, 2011
I'm looking to smoke a pork shoulder and could use a play by play from start to finish including a good rub.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

hey jimdandy if you go to the wiki at the top of the site and look up Basic pulled pork (its under B for basic and not P for  pulled Pork for some reason) it will give you the basic walk thru .I did it last week end, and it turned out great . very simple .
OK.................just read through Meowey's direction............didn't realize it was right in front of my nose...............gonna try it tomorrow.

Thanks Meowey!
Do a search for Pulled Pork and you will pull up tons of threads. I usually rub and inject mine then put on the smoker at around 225-250 until it reaches 165 internal temp and then I foil it and put it back on the smoker until it reaches 200-205 then I put it in a cooler wrapped in towels for an hour or so then remove and pull the meat. There are all kinds of finishing sauces you can add to the meat as well once it is pulled. 
First off welcome to the site. You need to go up to Roll Call and give us an intro to yourself so we know what kind of equipment and experience you have.

You say you have a shoulder so I'm going to assume you have a boston butt.

Have you ever smoked anything before?

Now we need to know what kind of smoker you have.

What are you using for fuel?

Is this for pulled pork sandwiches?

There are aany number of different rub recipes so you're just gonna have to searcharound and find one that sounds good to you. Most uf us rub the butt the night before and let it rest in the fridge overnight in some sort of plastic wrap or container.

Early the next day it will go into the smoker and slow cook at a temp between 225 to 240 or so degrees until the internal temp of the meat reaches around 165. At this stage most folks wrap the butt in foil or put it in a foil pan and cover with foil and then continue smokin until the internal temp is 205 or the bone readily comes out of the meat. Drain off and reserve the juices, let the butt rest covered for about a half hour and then pull.

Allow up to 12 hours for the cooking process. Some butts cook a little faster than others and some seem to take all day. There's a point in there where the meat will stall at 140 or 145 degrees. It will appear that the temp is not rising and you will have the urge to crank up your heat. Just leave it alone. This is the point where the connective tissues are converting that energy and breaking down.

Patience, patience and more patience will be the key to a successfull smoke good luck and do post up some pics, we love q-view here.. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.