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2 of the 3 pork shoulders I've cooked have cooked very fast
« on: February 16, 2021, 03:49:04 PM »
For some reason, 2 of the 3 pork shoulders I've cooked have cooked very fast. Most recently was a 10lb pork shoulder that cooked in around 9 & 1/2hrs at 225F.
Oddly enough, the smallest shoulder I've cooked took the longest. A 6lb took around 12 hours or so at 225F


I was wondering if this is unusual. If so, what do you suspect the possible cause might be?

Edit: I put in a temp probe at set the smoker to 125F. When I checked the probe, it read 160F, but light was off, so I guess it was cycling. Is that too high of a temp? (I will add, there is nothing in the smoke box and nothing on the racks).

Thanks in advance guys :)
« Last Edit: February 16, 2021, 04:12:39 PM by otterboi »

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Re: 2 of the 3 pork shoulders I've cooked have cooked very fast
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2021, 04:15:49 PM »
I have had similar experiences. Dont know why. Butts were always good.
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Re: 2 of the 3 pork shoulders I've cooked have cooked very fast
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2021, 06:25:08 PM »
I've had 8-10 pounders that have even been faster than that like 7 hrs. It just depends on the particular hunk of meat I think.

I don't think you're gonna get an accurate reading with an empty smoker. I remember doing the break in with a couple chunks of wood in the box and temps were all over the place.
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Re: 2 of the 3 pork shoulders I've cooked have cooked very fast
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2021, 07:39:41 PM »
My #2 had temperature swings of +/- 40 degrees...  never mattered and I quit checking it.
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Re: 2 of the 3 pork shoulders I've cooked have cooked very fast
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2021, 03:22:00 PM »
Strangely enough I did a 9 lber (brined in DVM's brine) for the Superbowl and it went for 16.5hrs at 225 until it hit 190. I was worried that it would be dry and it wasn't. Fell off the bone and ended up being fantastic. Hard to figure but never had one go that long. Usually takes around 13-14hrs at that size. The outside temp may have had something to do with it but if I remember it was only down to around 30deg, so its hard to say what the differences are sometimes. I guess as long as it turns out good that's all that matters.  Danny
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Re: 2 of the 3 pork shoulders I've cooked have cooked very fast
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2021, 10:23:10 PM »
Welcome to the forum Otterboi. You will find lots of knowledge here and good folks that are willing to share it. Enjoy that new smoker!
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