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Quick Pork Shoulder Cook Time Question


Fire Starter
Joined Mar 31, 2006
I'm smoking tomorrow two 3lb pork shoulder roasts. Should I estimate 1.5 to 2 hours for 3lbs or 6lbs or somewhere in between? Thanks for the help.

scott in kc

Meat Mopper
OTBS Member
Joined Feb 3, 2006
It's been my experience that smaller cuts take longer per# than bigger cuts. I've never cooked butts that small so I'm just guessing here.

Your pit temp can change you time allowance quite a bit, but unless you're cooking very low (200) I'd say 2 hrs/pound for a 3# should come close. Butts can hang at a given temp for quite a while so an extra hour or two might be a good idea. If they're done early, just wrap in foil and place in a small cooler (used as a warmer in this case). The time in the cooler will only make them more tender.

No need to add much if any extra time for the second roast when they're that small.

Best of luck. Let us know how your cook goes.
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