Discussion in 'Pork' started by donmanalla, Mar 11, 2015.

  1. Need help from the pros out there. First I will be doing Pork Butts for a St. Patty's day party for 25 to 30 people. Do you recommend Boston Butts or Pork Shoulder? Does the smoking time increase when putting 3 or 4 pieces in at once. I an using a 30" Mastercraft electric smoker
  2. Your choice (best price) I like Butts  as long as you can maintain a constant temp you can put as many butts as your smoker will hold

  3. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    You can use either one but get the cheapest you can and cook it ahead of time,it is easy to warm it up to serve
  4. Welcome home Brother
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's the big thing----"If you can maintain a high enough temp". That depends on the particular smoker.

  6. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    By pork shoulder I assume you mean picnic? (Shoulder typically refers to the entire shoulder cut that includes the butt and the picnic). Personally I prefer the butt as I think they have a better flavor (probably due to the extra fat) but I have no problem buying a picnic if they are on sale (I got two last week at $1.5 per lb). 

    As for smoking multiple butts, you can do as many as you can fit while still leaving a few inches on all sides to allow the smoke/air to move through the smoker.

    Good luck.

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