Costco Pork Shoulder

Discussion in 'Pork' started by jml1187, Jul 24, 2015.

  1. jml1187

    jml1187 Newbie

    My question is this....I purchased a 12 lb pork shoulder at Costco.  When I opened it up it was in two pieces.  If I am using my electric smoker at a temperature of 225 degrees, and I am going by the advice of 1-1/2 hours per pound to cook, how much time should I plan on needing?  Do I look at this piece as 12 lbs or (2) 6 lb pieces?  

    The party I am attending will begin eating at 2pm.  Based on that start time what time should I begin the process?  Thanks!
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    It would be based on 6 lbs
  3. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Like Piney said---Go by what it takes for one of them.

    I actually figure a little more than the biggest of the 2, because of the extra cold meat going in at the beginning.

    You can't go by the pound when figuring time---It's more of a Thickness thing.

    Here's a 7 pounder I did, which will probably be close to yours----It took 11 hours of actual cooking time:

  5. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    +1.  Nothing like hungry guests to make you premature pull your meat.
  6. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    They will be done when they're done. I would go more on IT than time. When each one gets to +/- 160* then wrap them with a little moisture and return to the cooker until they reach 200*-205*. Let them rest, covered in a cooler for about an hour and then pull. Add back the juices and some finishing sauce and pull to your preference.
    Good luck and good smoking, Joe.
  7. jml1187

    jml1187 Newbie

    Thank you everyone for your input. I feel better about going into this shoulder. I think if I start it tonight I should have enough time. Agreed on the better to be early. Nothing like that feeling of....oh no it's still not done. I have a crock pot I can put it in with a temperature control so if it is done really early, which I doubt, I have an option to keep it warm. I plan on keeping it wrapped in foil in a cooler with a towel for at least two hours so that should help.

    As for the cost it ran $24 at Costco for an 11.85 lb shoulder. Happy Smokin'


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