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Sean "Puffy" Coals 01-09-2012 11:46 PM

First Pork Shoulder
 
Well, I already completed one of my New Year's resolution (cooks)- I bit the bullet and did my first whole pork shoulder picnic.

Fired up the drum at 10:00 this morning and let it heat up while I trimmed off the skin and excess fat. The picnic was 8.67 pounds at the start, but I figure I trimmed 1-1.5 lbs of skin and fat off.

I purposely went with a medium/small sized shoulder to cut down on the cooking time. Being my first one, I figured if it was no good or I over cooked it or something, at least I didn't spend 16hrs cooking the darn thing.

I rubbed it down with a batch of my "Dynamite" rib rub I had lying around. It's a little sweet, super savory with a tiny little punch of cayenne.

Temps were up to almost 300* when I put the shoulder into the drum. I adjusted the inlet and the temp evened out at 255* for the rest of the cook once I got it dialed in. The smell of sweet cherry smoke and that shoulder actually woke my wife up.

The smoker stayed closed for the next 5 hrs. I checked the external thermo about every hour or so. By just about 8pm, the internal temp hit 190* ( i checked several different locations, they were all within a few degrees) I took it out and let it rest for an hour, then pulled it. I would have rested it longer but I have to work early tomorrow.

The results are awesome. The wife can't stop eating it! Gonna have to do this again real soon.

I do have some pics, but they'll have to wait until tomorrow- i have to be up in 4 hours for work.

Thanks for lookin!

bbq boyee 01-10-2012 02:32 AM

Sounds delicious. Subbin up so I can see them pictures:becky:

IamMadMan 01-10-2012 06:35 AM

Great, Look forward to seeing the pics.

RapidCityBBQ 01-10-2012 07:04 AM

Nice work! I cooked my first shoulder this past weekend. I couldn't believe how good it was.

bigabyte 01-10-2012 08:30 AM

Congrats!

El Ropo 01-10-2012 08:54 AM

Yep, I love the picnic for PP. Never had a bad result. Waiting on pics.

Lake Dogs 01-10-2012 09:11 AM

Congrats, and good morning! Always fun to get to eat on the success!!!

Small point of note going forward, and will really be helpful it you ever compete in this:

a whole pork shoulder is the combination of the picnic (aka. shoulder, or shoulder picnic) and the butt (aka. boston butt) and usually runs between 15 to 22 lbs, still attached to one another.

Sean "Puffy" Coals 01-10-2012 05:19 PM

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http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p...kShoulder4.jpg

http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p...kShoulder3.jpg

http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p...kShoulder2.jpg

Sean "Puffy" Coals 01-10-2012 05:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lake Dogs (Post 1909675)
Congrats, and good morning! Always fun to get to eat on the success!!!

Small point of note going forward, and will really be helpful it you ever compete in this:

a whole pork shoulder is the combination of the picnic (aka. shoulder, or shoulder picnic) and the butt (aka. boston butt) and usually runs between 15 to 22 lbs, still attached to one another.

Thanks! and thanks for the info.

gtr 01-10-2012 05:25 PM

There ya go! Very nice! Also fyi pulled pork freezes (in a vacuum seal bag) and reheats fantastically. Always good to do a bunch extra so you can keep some in the freezer for quick meals later. :thumb:

bander7003 01-10-2012 06:47 PM

Great looking grub there. I usually freeze a little everytime I smoke a butt and save it for beans or other recipes.

Sean "Puffy" Coals 01-10-2012 09:02 PM

I did freeze 1 bag of it- was looking for an excuse to try out my new Food Saver anyway! I plan on putting it to good use, especially if this mild weather keeps up!

Lake Dogs 01-11-2012 10:03 AM

Frozen pulled pork goes great in Brunswick Stew. If you have a chance and decide to give it a try, search for Saiko's Brunswick Stew recipe. It's awesome!!!

SQWIB 01-11-2012 12:27 PM

Awesome First.
Thanks for sharing.

Kenn007BBQ 01-11-2012 12:47 PM

Great job on the PP! Now I'm hungry.....:hungry:


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