Originally Posted by rdstoll
So put the shoulders on at 12:45am and waited an hour a and a half to make sure the temp settled at 250.
Woke up at 4:30am and the one shoulder I had a thermometer probe in said 150 so went back to sleep for an hour.
When I woke up I found all four shoulders in the 175 area. So I missed 160 but foiled them anyway. Is it bad to foil after they've already gone past 160. Will be pulling these and coolering them at 200. How long might it take to get from 175 to 200? I've trimmed the heat back to around 240.
I also have realized I should have tied these boneless shoulders up. The "flaps" look pretty dry so hoping they can recover a bit in foil. Practice, practice, practice!
It doesn't matter if you missed the 160 mark for foiling. I dont foil unless my bark is getting too dark.
At 175 degrees you are probably just past the stall. So 175-200ish will go quick. On a side note, cooking bbq isn't a cook to an internal temperature of X. You will have to test each piece of meat if you want to come up with consistent results. For pork butts/shoulders the bone should begin releasing from the meat easily when you wiggle the bone. If you can't get to the bone just probe it with a bamboo skewer and if it slides in like it is going through warm butter the meat is done.