Crackling Skin

Discussion in 'Pork' started by prbbq, Jun 5, 2009.

  1. prbbq

    prbbq Newbie

    Can anyone tell me the way to get the skin on a Pork Shoulder Crunchy/ Crackled? I have smoked pork shoulders before but I cannot get the skin to be crunchy.[​IMG]
  2. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hmmm ... the low and slow method used to cook the shoulder won't get you what you're looking for. My only suggestion to get the skin crispy is to cook the fat at a high temp. Have you thought about trimming some of the fat off the shoulder, rubbing it down, and throwing it on a grill to get the cracklings? That way, you can smoke the meat and create the cracklings on the side?
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You'll never get the skin crunky in the smoker. Like sumo says cut off some skin and throw it on the grill or your fire box.
  4. prbbq

    prbbq Newbie

    Thanks for your suggestion.
  5. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Trim fat with some meat attached. Deep fat fry it. I had a guy here send me a batch from Louisiana and its was delicious.
  6. aucivil

    aucivil Fire Starter SMF Premier Member

    Could you take the the shoulder from the smoker to a HOT grill and finish the skin? Thought I would try that with some chicken.

    Disclaimer - I know next to nothing about smoking.
  7. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well I was going to say just take the whole thing and drop it in a deep fryer for a bit but Wayside gave you some better advice, though I would like to see how a smoked then deep fried shoulder would come out.
  8. Mmmmmm....I love those cracklin's!!!
  9. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I make cracklins from my belly fat-and deep fry is just another step.

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