Shoulder on WSM 22.5

Discussion in 'Pork' started by conradheel, Jun 11, 2016.

  1. conradheel

    conradheel Newbie

    Just got a new WSM 22.5 for a birthday present! Used to have a MES30 but wanted to upgrade for a while. Finally got it and ready to smoke.

    Threw on a pork shoulder the first weekend I got it. Started of with 4 hickory chunks, full water bowl, and all vents open. Read the WSM runs hot the first couple smokes and that's very true. Couldn't keep the thing below 275 with 2 bottom vents barely cracked and top vent wide open. Figured that's where she wants to be so let it ride. Even jumped up to 300 toward the end of the smoke.

    Ended up cooking it for 10 hours and wrapped at the end in a cooler. Turned out great and the wife said it was the best one I've done yet. Can't wait for more smokes. Got a brisket coming up next weekend.

  2. one eyed jack

    one eyed jack Master of the Pit

    That looks like a perfect way to break in a new smoker.

    Congratulations on the new WSM.  I've got an 18.5 and like it a lot.
  3. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nice job! 

    Enjoy your smoker!

    Be careful with them bricks under the legs.... one good bump and you could have your hands full.
  4. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Nice new smoker - Happy Birthday!

    Nice job breaking that baby in, looking forward to your brisket pics.

  5. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Nice smoke!  [​IMG]   Once soot covers the shine on the WSM, heat control will be a non issue.  After my first few smokes, I didn't need water in the bowl any longer.  I use one vent on the bottom about 1/4 open, and can roll for 12 hours at 225 without touching it.  If it's windy outside....that is another story[​IMG]

  6. garvinque

    garvinque Meat Mopper

    Great first smoke, I have the 14.5 version myself!
  7. smokinal

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

    Nice job on the shoulder!

    The PP looks perfect!

  8. conradheel

    conradheel Newbie

    Thought the same thing about the bricks. Wanted to get it high because didn't know how hot it would get on the bottom. Was wanting to keep it on the deck and get a huge paver for the WSM to sit on. Only other place to put it is in the driveway and don't feel like like going up and down the steps to check on it. Maybe I'll get it worked out one day lol.
  9. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Although I never had the need to check on how hot it gets, I think it should be safe with the heat deflector's help. Check to make sure...

    Have fun with your new smoker!
  10. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nice looking PP.  And congrats on the new WSM. You're sure breaking it in nicely.


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