Pulled Pork help...

Discussion in 'Pork' started by switch, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. Hey guys,

    So two times in a row I have failed to achieve pork that falls apart in your hands. Same idea both times, 5lb's of pork shoulder smoked @ 200degF for 6ish hours. When I take it off, its beautiful -- amazing smoke ring, flavour and really moist but its not pulled porkesque -- more like a great pork roast haha. Am I taking it off too early??

    much appreciated.
  2. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Big question is, what temp internally are you pulling it at?  You have to go through any stalls and pull it min. 185° to 205° to get it to pull properly. Purchase a good thermometer and, using it correctly, will open a whole new world of smoking for you!

    BTW, moved your post from "Grilling Pork" to just "Pork" as it is smoking pork to pull it, not grilling it; too hot and too fast.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2012
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    No Way you are going to get a 5lb Butt to pull in 6 hrs at 200*F. At 200*F it will take at least 2 1/2 hours per pound, so you would need to smoke a 5lb Butt 12.5 hours. At 225-250*F it will take 2hrs/lb, at 250-275*F it will take 1.5hrs/lb. You will be needing to take the Internal Temp to about 200*F +/- 5* to get it to pull easily...JJ
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2012
  4. I just smoked 5 sevin to eight pound butts .Smoked at 220 -250 derees took between 9 and 10 hrs .Pulled them when they hit 200 degrees  internal temp ,then placed in a cooler for 2 hrs .All of them fall apart very easy to pull. 

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