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Post  Lozart on Sun Aug 16, 2009 7:25 pm

I'm confused.......I have a small (1.2kg) pork shoulder joint (no bone) on the smoker. It's been there for around 5 hours and still won't hit above 157F. According to the recipes in "Smoke n Spice" pork shoulder needs about 1.5jours per pound which would mean this shoulder should be done in 4 hours.

Should I be cooking to time or temperature??????
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Post  Novice on Sun Aug 16, 2009 8:24 pm

Hi Lozart,
It's normal for a shoulder to stall at 160f & sit there a while, sometimes even drop a little in temp. You just have to open a beer & sit it out, (I assume your meat thermometer is accurate), if your really worried, i understand you can cover it in foil for the remainder of the cook, this should speed things up, but i believe this does not help the bark on the outside.
I always cook to temp rather than time, & pork shoulder is 195f internal temp.
I guess thats why it's called low & slow cooking.
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Post  Lozart on Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:01 pm

Cool, cheers Novice!

I foiled it just after I made that last post and it has indeed risen nicely (179F as we speak).

Note to self......leave more time next time!!!!!
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Post  steveheyes on Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:18 pm

Unfortunately you'll never be able to predict the length of the stall. It can vary massively Sad

I always leave plenty of time to spare, I can hold pork in the cooler for a good 3 hours.
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Post  Novice on Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:22 pm

Sounds good, make sure your thermometer isn't in a pocket of fat or something as well, I've had it in the past where the meat can be all up to temp, apart from a small pocket where my thermometer happened to be, you can sit there all day waiting, when it's actually already done.

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Post  Lozart on Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:50 am

Well, I took it off the smoker when it finally hit 181F at around 10:30 last night......

Let it rest a while and pulled enough to make a sandwich! It was worth the wait. Very Happy Shame it was so late though, we ended up ordering pizza we got so hungry! Still....at least I know for next time.
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