Newbie question about Smokin a Pork Shoulder

Discussion in 'Pork' started by smokeyp, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. smokeyp

    smokeyp Newbie

    Good Day All,

    Ive been smoking meats for a few months now with my electric smoker. Everything I have made so far has been awesome IMO. I have a question though about smoking a pork shoulder. I recently did a 6 pound one for 1.5 hours per pound (9 hours total) at 225 degrees and it came out great.

    I now have a 10 pound pork shoulder I would like to smoke. Going by the 1.5 hours at 225 degrees it will take me 15 hours. I have no issue with it taking that long and am more then willing to put in the time but I was wondering if I were to cut the pork shoulder in half and make two 5 pounders and cook them at the same time side by side on the same rack spaced apart a few inches at the same 225 degrees and I still looking at 15 hours or do I now cut the time down to 7.5 hours?

    Any and all help is greatly appreciated!
  2. biteme7951

    biteme7951 Meat Mopper

    Time goes by largest piece of meat so 7.5 Hrs
  3. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF .
    Don't go by time. Go by temp. Take it to ( 200 to 205) and it will pull real easy.
    I have done 10lbs ones that took 9 hours up to 16 hours. I have never cut one in half so
    I can't help with how much faster it would be to get done
  4. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

      If you cut it in half. it will reduce cook time. However. ALWAYS go by temp rather than time! 1.5 hours per pound is a guide.  Please go to new members section and introduce yourself. Be sure to in

    Mikeclude your location.
  5. Hello and welcome to SMF! Just as everyone above stated...goes by IT of the meat rather than time. 
  6. I have had them take 2 hours per pound. So if I had gone by 1.5/lb I would have been way underdone. That's why, as said previously, go by temp.

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