Pork shoulder: fat side up?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by joel11230, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. joel11230

    joel11230 Smoke Blower

    I'm smoking my first picnic pork shoulder. Is it like a brisket where I'd want the fat side up? Thank you
  2. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit

    I always put the fat side down. It's just a matter of preference.
  3. bekellog81

    bekellog81 Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    I always put the fat down and have great results. Good luck and let us know how it turns out!!
  4. icyhot

    icyhot Smoking Fanatic

    Depends on the smoker. If it a reverse flow put it fat side down. If a pellet or electric put it fat side up.
  5. smokingearl

    smokingearl Meat Mopper

    I use an MES 40. Always fat side down. Meat is not a sponge, the fat just rolls down the meat, in the process keeps a bark from forming, and it's difficult enough to get a nice bark in an electric smoker.
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2016
  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I trim the fat off, put it fat side up and put the fat on a rack above the meat so it drips on it & bastes it while it cooks.

    Always get good bark this way.

  7. joel11230

    joel11230 Smoke Blower

    Well that's 3 fat side down to 1 fat side up. I'm using a mes 30. I sure appreciate the help. On briskest I always go fat side up. So here we go, fat side Down. I'll keep you posted.
  8. joel11230

    joel11230 Smoke Blower

    I debated using my Ok Joe offset but it super windy here in SW Kansas. Beautifull day though!
  9. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Fat side down in my WSM
  10. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Since I can't decide I smoke it standing. Takes a while to prop it up. And still can't sleep at night since I don't know if fat should face left, right, backward or forward.
  11. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You are over thinking it.. a pork butt is very forgiving
    Make a decision and stick to it. I bet it comes out great
    Smoke til 160 wrap add 1/2cup apple juice put back on till 205. Take off let it rest. Then call me.. I will be right over!!
  12. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Smoking Fanatic

    One my side-fire-box fat cap up, on the wsm fat cap down. 


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