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FutureStarrSmoking a Pork Shoulderor
Pork shoulder was ribs had come a long way before there was smoked pork shoulder. How did it get so popular?
Some choose not to wrap, which is fine, it just takes longer to smoke. I elect to wrap, and make sure I do so after the stall, which is when the shoulder internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Place shoulder in a large aluminum baking pan, or cookie sheet, or even a glass dish. Add a couple tablespoons of the spritz liquid into the pan and then wrap to top in foil. Insert the remote thermometer probe again through the wrap and then return to the smoker. Be sure the probe is not touching the bone.
First, Don't make the same mistake of the only one star review of this recipe and use apple cider vinegar instead of apple cider. Also, a big pork shoulder does take a long time to smoke to the pulled pork stage, so don't blame the recipe if your smoker cooks slower than average. ALWAYS use a thermometer to check how done your meat is. You can always smoke it for a few hours and then finish it in a covered pan or dish in the oven. Recipe as written is great, although I always add a little red pepper to my rubs. (just a personal preference) Read More (Source: www.allrecipes.com)
Smoking a pork shoulder is a little more of an art than it is a science. At least for me. With so many variables to account for; there isn't a recipe that is going to make it perfect even when you follow it to a T. It's totally different than baking a cake, and this is what makes smoking meat so special and enjoyable. You get to be creative. The good news is that it's pretty hard to mess up smoking a pork shoulder if you do it slow and low.
Ahh pulled pork. There seems to be a pulled pork sandwich on just about every restaurant menu these days. It's one of those items that I am always so drawn to, yet get disappointed far too often. The menu says "smoked pulled pork," but when you take a bite, there's no "smoke" flavor to be found. This can be hugely disappointing and gives the feeling that it was probably just cooked in the oven with some liquid smoke added at the end, or maybe not even that. I'm definitely not opposed to making pulled pork in the slow cooker or oven, but if you want real smoked pulled pork, it's gotta be smoked, low and slow. (Source: saltpepperskillet.com)