Pork shoulder or butt

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3rivers

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Nov 24, 2015
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Hi guys I have a masterbuilt electric smoker and want to smoker either a shoulder or butt which is a better cut??
Also for people that done this in a mes before what are some tips thinking of doing two 8lbs pieces. Everything I've read online said to use the water tray and use apple cider or water ??
Thanks guys
 

b-one

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Shoulder and butt are the same cut. i suggest you do to smokes one with water,or whatever,and one dry to see how you like them.
 

SmokinAl

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They seem to be labeled differently these days.

But what your looking for is a pork shoulder/butt. Not a picnic shoulder.

Al
 

3rivers

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Nov 24, 2015
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Right at my butchers they have pork butt & shoulder. First doing this wanted tips from anyone that done one in a mes ,like did you soak overnight in a brine , what kind of rub people used , flavorwood chips you use? I like a sweet spicy rub and BBQ sauce myself.
 

sauced

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I like the butt, but never turn down a shoulder if the price is good.

Never have brined mine, trim some excess fat, but leave some on, a coating of cheap yellow mustard and sprinkle on the rub of your choice. Wrap it and refrigerate overnight.

As far as the wood.....that is where the fun comes in. Experiment with different wood, some are stronger than others. My favorite is a mix of Cherry and Hickory, about a 65/35 ratio.