First Time Pork Shoulder

Discussion in 'Pork' started by onebdgti, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. Ok I am gonna try my first Pork Shoulder this weekend.  It weighs in at 16.23lbs about how long should I let this smoke?  From the past of me doing ribbs and wings I am finding out around 200-215*.   Now what is a good rubb to put on a shoulder?  

    Last pic is of my camera Hogg  lol
  2. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great piece of meat. Assuming you want to make this shoulder into pulled pork you will want to cook it until the internal temp is around 200 - 205. You will know when its done because the bone will pull out of the meat with little effort. Lots of folks cook the Boston Butt.  The whole shoulder is mighty fine eating in my book. Typically the cook time is about 1.5 - 2 hours per pound if you are cooking at 250.  But it's best to go by the internal temp of your shoulder. 

    As for rubs... you will get 1000 opinions on this site on what to use.  I like to inject mine with the stuff listed here.

    Hope that helps.  

    Last edited: Aug 8, 2013
  3. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That is one big chunk of meat.

    I will be watching.
  4. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Here was one cooked at 225*F . It was  about 10lb.  , cooked for 14hrs. before it gave up the Love and tendered-up for me:

    I did not wrap the Butt and did not open the lid until it was 200*F(the entire Smoke). Then I wrapped in foil and rested. The thing was like 'Butta'.

    You're gonna get a lot of ways to do it, and they are all good answers , however , I have one bit of advice...Be Patient...

    Have fun ...
  5. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    GREAT example of the perfect Butt Stan. Gotta a lotta love and Texas in it. 
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2013
  6. Thanks for the help guys. Im gonna smoke this one around 200* on my homemade smoker. Can not wait for some pulled pork
  7. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Please post some pics of the smoke  We just love that stuff. Good luck! Brian
  8. Oh pics will be take.
  9. gotbags-10

    gotbags-10 Smoke Blower

    The package says butt. Do you have two butts instead of one whole shoulder? All mine come in a pack of two is why I ask
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2013
  10. Its a package of 2. I got it from Sams.
  11. hangin1

    hangin1 Fire Starter

    I am also gonna be smoking a couple pork butts from sams this weekend. I am gonna use jeff's rub recipe on mine and a friend of mine is gonna use some store bought rub on his and we are gonna compare after the smoke is complete. It will be fun to compare the two finished products and this will be my first ever smoke so kinda exciting. Good luck on your smoke Onrbdgti and I am sure you will do great. I am also gonna attempt to make some Bone Sucking Sauce to go on the side of the pulled pork and we making cole slaw, tater salad and the wife is making cake balls so we should eat good on sunday. Hope everyone has a great weekend!!
  12. looking forward to a Qview.

    Happy smoken.

  13. Got them rubbed down last nite.   I will be taking them out of the fridge in a few hours to get up to room temp. 

    Can't wait to start smoking them.  Its gonna be a slow smoke at about 200-215*
  14. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Cant wait to see your first outcome... 16lbs is a beg ol piece.. gonna take a good ol day to low and slow that bad boy.. so be patient....  

  15. You're gonna be eating well, that's for sure!!

    However, you do not want to take them out of the fridge before you're ready to smoke. Go immediately from below 40 to the smoker. That's a big piece of meat, and You only have 4 hours to get them above 140 and out of the danger zone, otherwise you run the risk of foodborne illness.

    Good luck, and keep the pics coming!!

  16. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    So, basically you have about two 8 pounders.  At 200* you are gonna be smokin that for a good long time!

    Crank it up to 225 and you will still be at around 2 hours per pound.

    What rub did you decide on?  Looks like some garlic in there.

    Good luck and keep us posted.

  17. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Actually, this only applies if you have injected the pork or have punctured the meat somehow.


  18. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    oh.. Bill...  I didnt even pay attention that there are two... stupid glare on my screen. 2 -  8lbers = ALOT better than one 16lb... But I agree... at 200-215* still gonna be more than half day cook :) 
  19. Really?  I was under the impression that all meat had to heated past 140 in 4 hours or less.  I'm new at this as well, I figure better safe than sorry!!
  20. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    No, like Bill said only if you inject it or put your temp probe in too soon. If it's cured you don't have to worry either.

    BTW: Good start onebdgti---Be back later!!

    Last edited: Aug 10, 2013

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