Pork Shoulder Help

Discussion in 'Pork' started by nschafer55, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. nschafer55

    nschafer55 Newbie

    I have smoked about 5 Boston butts so far.  They have all been about 7-8 lbs.  I am using a charcoal vertical smoker.  I have had a very hard time keeping the outside from drying out.   Is this normal.  I have not been wrapping the shoulder in foil and I want to avoid this because I like the bark.  I have tried to keep the smoker between 200-250 degrees.  What am I doing wrong?  Any help would be great.  Thanks.
  2. hardslicer

    hardslicer Smoking Fanatic

    hang in there brother...the real smoking guru's will be along shortly with the info you need......[​IMG]
  3. alaskanbear

    alaskanbear Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Well I had the best luck with a wwater pan filled with 1/2 & 1/2 water and apple juice.  Also spraying butt with jusice has kept both a nice bark (not quite as hard) and a moistness.  There are far better geniuses out here that will chime in and lead you down the path opf perfection.

  4. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Lots of ways for you to go, but I would rather wait for the upright users to give you their thoughts.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  5. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    If your comfortable you can get it from 41 internal to 135 internal in less than 4 hours you may consider injecting the butt with a mix of you rub and some apple juice
  6. smokinal

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

    If you inject it, after you get it through the danger zone you may want to cut the temp back to 210.

    If you don't inject it, then try cooking at a lower temp (200-210) the whole time.

    Even without foiling this seems to help keep it moist.
  7. terry colwell

    terry colwell Smoking Fanatic

     I am with AlaskaBear on this one..Just dont over spritz it and soften your bark to much

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