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picnic shoulders

glennglenn Posts: 151
edited 1:08AM in EggHead Forum
I got 2 picnics on the egg, they have been there since 7:00 last night
dome has been between 200 and 220 most of the time with 1 spike to 240
it is now 9:44 ( so the cook has been going for 14 hours and 44 min)
internal is at 161 now and dome is at 218.
funny thing is when I got up the internal was 163 and I watched it fall back to 158 before coming back up to its current temp. is it a normal thing fro the internal to drop even though the dome stayed constant? I woke up at 4:00 this morning and checked on the temps
the internal was at 155 then.
Looks like that plateu thingie can last a while.
It is to late to ask now but with a picnic should the skin be up or down??
I cooked mine skin up thinking that the fat cap would be under the skin.
I guess I will find out soon


  • Glenn, it is pretty common for the temperature to drop slightly during plateau as the collagen breaks down. You have it positioned should have some good pork soon.

  • Mike in MNMike in MN Posts: 546
    Yep, things are coming along exactly as planned. The internal will move around the entire time. Anything between about 150° and 175° would be "normal." [p]You are waiting for it to begin an upward move that doesn't head South, while still maintaining a temp in that 225° range you have been shooting for. As it climbs past 185° or so, you could bump the temp in the egg a bit to help it along. I send it to 250°-275° depending upon how much of a hurry my schedule is in.[p]Mike in MN

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