Picnic shoulder question

Discussion in 'Pork' started by crazyforyeshua, Jul 3, 2014.

  1. It was 12.3 lbs., but I didn't want to do that big of a hunk all at once, cause I'll be in and out overnight working, so I cut it lengthwise. One piece is a little bigger than the other, with the bone. So, if I had to guess I would say a 7 pound and 5 pound (ish).

    Question...1 1/2 hours per pound, so should I ( if I can get temps to stay on point between 225-250) say about 10 hours for the bigger piece and slightly less for the smaller?
  2. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I always roughly figure 2 hours per pound so I don't get surprised by the stall. You can always hold the smaller one in foil/towel/cooler till ready for it.....HTH, Willie
  3. geerock

    geerock Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Yeah, Chef is right. With the rest, stall, and maybe a stubborn piece of meat....at 225 to 250 you should plan on closer to 2 hours. You can always wrap and hold them for a good long time if you're early. Better than making people wait.
  4. The small one was ready about 50 minutes before the big piece, which was ready ( a reading of 175...didn't go to 190 because of time constraints). Came out really good, even tho the bark on the small one was a little beyond black..LOL

     Thanks guys!!
  5. floyd

    floyd Smoke Blower

    I have always used a pork butt for my pulled pork, but I am smoking a picnic shoulder, right now., because I like the NC BBQ with a little skin in it. My question is do we do anything different. I am smoking at 230 to 240 and plan to cook till it reaches 200 IT. Is there anything else I should do. My picnic is 9 lbs and I am figuring about 13 hours. Does the bone in the picnic speed up the cooking?
  6. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Sounds like you have it covered, My shoulder was just about the same size after I removed the skin. Took it to 160* F then tented the foil pan, finished in the grill set at 350*

    Total time 12 hrs.

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