Originally Posted by keithbc
I have just Spent the last 11 hours smoking a shoulder in my uds, the temp was constant at 225, however the internal temp of the shoulder would not go above 185 in fact it would get to 185 and then drop a few degrees then slowly back to 185, it stayed at 185 for over 3 hours. Is this normal am i doing something wrong. Was aiming for 195.
Keith, I hope it worked out for you.
I want you to think of something: How hard is it to bring something up to air temperature that has mass? Answer: extremely hard if not impossible; perhaps attainable after a few weeks. I dont think many of us have a few weeks to cook a butt, plus imagine how dry it would be at that time...
Seriously, you asked "am I doing something wrong", and the answer is yes, you're cooking too low. Anywhere from say 235 (which is still very low) to say close to 300 is plenty low n slow. Most smokers have a sweet spot; let it cook there. Mine like to dial in right at 260-265. I have no problem getting pork butts internal temperature to 205+-.