11 pound shoulder butt should I cut it in half?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by smokin - k, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. smokin - k

    smokin - k Meat Mopper

    Just bought a 11.7 pound pork shoulder butt and wondering if I should cut it in half so to smoke it in under 20 hours.. Also how can a shoulder also be a butt.. Think I should learn pig anatomy!!! Lol.. Let me know as my training wheels need a little adjusting.. Happy Smoking, Smokin - K
  2. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Butt is just a historical name for the upper shoulder.

    To cut or not to cut?  How much sleep do you want to get?  Either way, I would wait a couple of hours before inserting the temp probe.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  3. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Personally I'd rather do 2  six pounders then one 12 pounder, cause I'd have a lot more bark!

    Also they would be done in a reasonable time frame.
  4. smokin - k

    smokin - k Meat Mopper

    Thanks for the sage advice Venture.!
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I agree with Dan, but then I really love the bark.
  6. smokin - k

    smokin - k Meat Mopper

    I was leaning torwards cutting it in half just due to the time factor.. Didn't even consider how much extra bark there would be. Brilliant! Thanks guys...
  7. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I would definitely cut it in half.


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