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Smoked Pork Shoulder

Smoked Pork Butt

Well, there's nothing easier than this, and it's pretty hard to beat. Boston butt is cheap and the result is irresistible. Some people brine the pork but I just throw it in the smoker for about 10 - 12 hours. Serve with some barbeque sauce on the side, soft hamburger buns and maybe a little spicy cole slaw. Life is good.

Ingredients

4 - 6 pound untrimmed pork shoulder (sometimes called Boston butt)

Note: Pork butt is sometimes sold in smoked, precooked or cured versions. You don't want any of those for this recipe!

Method

Smoke, fat side up, by by indirect method (200 - 225º) about 10 to 12  hours. Meat should be starting to fall apart when finished.

(See Grill Basics for information about smoking equipment, setup and methods.)

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Comments

Hi-OK, what is a smoked shoulder? I was given one and don't know if it is cooked or not cooked. If it says "smoked" does that mean it's cooked? It's about 8 lbs. How do I cook/heat it? Thanks!

Hi there...there are a lot of sources for smoking a pork shoulder over charcoal and or wood chips, and the suggested temperatures, but I have not seen anything relating to how far away the meat should be from the heat source. Does anyone have any advice based on success? Thanks!

Because the water pan is directly above the charcoal and/or wood, the distance from heat to meat is not relevent.

I'm from Kansas City, and smoking with a water pan is considered "laughable". The intent of smoking meat is to not just create "smoke", but to create smoke with a true natural flavor. Take your water pan, and fill it with Apple or Hickory wood chips. Let these soak for awhile, and toss them on your coals periodically. This will create all of the flavorful smoke you need.

I just recieved a verticle water smoker for fathers day, I am going to do a pork shoulder. I am not a novice when it comes to grilling but I have never smoked before. My smoker came with hooks hanging from the top and I was wondering if I should hang the pork shoulder or just lay it on the racks?

Jeff from Kansas City: I have eaten what was called "Kansas City Bacon" and was told it was from smoked pork shoulder, any familiarity?
thanks.

how often do you turn the meat in a open pit smoker?

Nancy,

The boston butt I just put on the grill, fat side up, will get flipped in 11 hrs.

asg

when i was young my mom was able to buy smoked butt in the supermarket. I have not been as lucky. Do you know where or what supermarket chain still carries them??? can they be purchased on line??

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