smoking a 15 pound boneless pork shoulder

Discussion in 'Pork' started by rtavmn, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. rtavmn

    rtavmn Newbie

    How long do I need to smoke my 15# boneless pork shoulder on my Traeger pellet smoker?
  2. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Ron, It will probably take about 18-20 hours at 250-275*. It's best to cook it by temp and not by time. If you are going to slice it, I would cook it to an it of 180*. If you want to pull it, that goes to 200*. You will have a stall at about 150-160*. When the stall sets in, wrap your shoulder in foil and add a cup of apple juice. The apple juice will add some moisture and a little flavor. The acidity will help with tenderness.

    Good luck with it, Joe
  3. rtavmn

    rtavmn Newbie

    Wow, that should put my smoker to the test! Very helpful, thanks very much Joe.
  4. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Till I get there for dinner!:bigsmile: Good luck with the park!
  5. smokinal

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

    Let us know how it turns out!

  6. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Yep, she'll be a long smoke.  The meat will be done when the meat is done.  I've yet to have a butt finish on time.  LOL

  7. rtavmn

    rtavmn Newbie

    Turns out there are two shoulders for a total of 15 pounds.  I'll use the maverick for temp but still think 18- 20 hours?
  8. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Depends on pit temp and how much each butt weighs. The heaviest one will determine cook time. Weigh each of them, then use the weight of the heaviest one to determine the time. I figure 2 hours per pound when cooking at 250. Keep in mind this just gives a rough time. You really need to cook to temp. Most butts are done when the internal temp reaches 190-205.

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