Preparing pork shoulder

Discussion in 'Pork' started by justinkp, Apr 12, 2015.

  1. This is my first attempt at pulled pork. I got a nice 12 lb pork shoulder/butt at SAMs club but I can't cook all 12 pounds at once. Is it ok to cut in half? Can I split it up even more? I'm gonna use maybe 2lb at a time right now. Other than cutting apart is there anything else I need to do or remove before seasoning and loading into the smoker? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Can you take a picture of it? Is it a whole shoulder? Sometimes those come cryovac'd in packs of two. Kind of hard to tell until you unwrap it. Is there a reason you don't want to just do the whole thing? It freezes exceptionally well you know. I would not cut it up into a bunch of little 2 pound pieces if I were you but that is just me. You could cut it in half. But that's all the further I would go myself.

     
  3. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Me personally, I'd put your rub on (sometimes I rub mine down with peanut oil or EVOO prior to the rub if I'am smoking round 250* ish) & smoke it whole... Eat what ya want & then vac pac the rest for future use....
     
  4. I think I'll just make it whole and then freeze it.   Sounds like the best bet.    So just unwrap, put on the rub and smoke away?    No trimming or anything I need to get rid of?
     
  5. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If there's anything ya wanna trim off, ya can.... Generally though I just rub & toss it on the smoker !
     
  6. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit


    If it is a big shoulder, this is what I do. Pretty self explanatory. I like to score the fat cap like this to get more smoke and seasoning to the meat. You want the fat. That stuff all renders down through the meat and leaves flavor in it's wake. Don't forget to catch all those drippings. They are great. Not a thing to waste. If you want the seasoning to really stick to the shoulder you can brush it with mustard or mayo for some stickum. It doesn't affect the flavor or anything. It just gives the rub something to stick to.
     
  7. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit


    If I am using my Kettle BBQ with only one rack I put the shoulder up on my roast rack to keep it up and out of the grease. You don't want your pork swimming in fat. Otherwise you can just put a catch pan on the rack below.
     
  8. Wow, thanks for all the awesome tips and help guys!  I can't wait to get this underway!   Those pics have my mouth watering!
     
  9. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Don't forget about us. We love to see pictures. I have one going on here in a minute when the smoker gets up to temp. It's only a little over 3 pounds though. Just a little guy.
     

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