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NKoehler

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First Pork Shoulder
« on: September 20, 2021, 12:13:03 AM »
I smoked my first pork shoulder on my 2D today. Boy was I nervous but it turned out perfectly! It was nearly 8.5 lbs. and it took 16.5 hours to hit an internal temp of 195F.

I used a rub consisting of:
  • 1 Cup brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon paprika

barelfly

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Re: First Pork Shoulder
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2021, 11:16:58 AM »
That looks great! Excellent first cook on that!
Jeremy in NM
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NKoehler

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Re: First Pork Shoulder
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2021, 02:39:08 PM »
Thank you! I was very happy with the way it turned out. I should allow myself a bit more time on the next one. I estimated incorrectly and dinner was a little late. I started it at 2AM with a goal of eating by 6PM. We ended up eating closer to 7PM. No complaints though!

barelfly

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Re: First Pork Shoulder
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2021, 04:34:54 PM »
Yep - factor in some time to let it rest. Iíve let pork butts rest for 3-4 hours, double wrapped in foil, then a towel and sitting in an ice chest. Seems to do some extra magic!

But it also gives you some extra cook time if needed. Iíd say 2 hours/lb is a good way to estimate the time. Then add in your rest.

Glad everyone enjoyed it! The bark looks great on it!
Jeremy in NM
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Weber Kettle with a Slow n Sear

NKoehler

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Re: First Pork Shoulder
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2021, 08:09:36 PM »
What internal temp do you shoot for with a pork shoulder? I'm using the suggested temps and time from this forum. I wanted to at least hit 195F and I really only let it rest for about 15 minutes before shredding. I've seen some people go up to 200F-205F.

This was also the first time I cooked to temp with a probe so programming took me a bit of time to figure out. I usually just cook by time when doing ribs.

The bark is so flavorful!

barelfly

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Re: First Pork Shoulder
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2021, 11:23:38 PM »
I usually shoot for 195* as my target. But, Iílll start checking at 190*. What Iím really looking for is the tenderness that I want, Iíll pull at the pork and see what give it has and go from there. Iíve found that 195 is usually pretty good for what I want. And then the 1-2 hour wrap/hold helps finish it off. Really, if you are cooking with a bone in butt, you want the bone to come out easily, at least I do.

But thatís what I aim for. Even on brisket, I feel 195 is perfect. But that is my preference and how I go, others may go a bit higher. So you just have to try a few out and see what you like.
Jeremy in NM
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Re: First Pork Shoulder
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2021, 09:41:39 PM »
Good looking butt!
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NKoehler

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Re: First Pork Shoulder
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2021, 12:33:49 AM »
I thought I posted the wrong pic for a second  :P

Thank you!

OldeSmoker

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Re: First Pork Shoulder
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2021, 01:36:44 AM »
Looks like some good BBQ!
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NKoehler

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Re: First Pork Shoulder
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2021, 09:19:16 PM »
Thank you! I pulled a pound of it from my deep freezer for lunch this week. It held up amazingly well.

Glock_21

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Re: First Pork Shoulder
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2021, 11:41:20 AM »
Good looking shoulder.

Give Divotmaker's brine a try on a future shoulder.  You won't regret it.

https://www.smokinitforums.com/index.php?topic=1608.0


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