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Picnic shoulder

Bucky BuckshotBucky Buckshot Posts: 100
edited 6:01PM in EggHead Forum
I was just given an eight pound fresh picnic pork shoulder. I have never cooked one of these and need all the info I can get to do it right. Do I take the skin off? Do I cook it low and slow for pulled pork? Or is there another way to cook it on the egg that would be better. Any help or suggestions would sure be appreciated. Bucky


  • Bucky Buckshot,
    I do it pretty much like a boston butt. I don't remove the skin but I do score it (like you would a ham).
    Low and slow at 225-250 unit around 192 degrees.

  • Hasenpheffer,
    Thanks, that's the way I will go. Bucky

  • sprintersprinter Posts: 1,188
    Bucky Buckshot,[p]I cook them the same way as a butt. Low and slow, indirect about 275 or so until they are done. They DO tend to cook a BIT faster with that long shank bone in there but not a ton faster. That skin will peel right off after you cook it. Be sure and score the skin through to the meat, otherwise you wont get any rub/flavor through that thick skin. Shoulders will have a a lot more darker meat in it than the lighter pork meat of the butts. Not that it makes any difference, it all tastes good. Good luck with the cook.[p]Troy
  • SpinSpin Posts: 1,375
    Bucky Buckshot,[p]I cook mine like a boston butt at around 225-250 degrees indirect. I prefer to remove and store the skin until the meat reaches 150-160 degrees and then cover the meat with the skin to keep the meat moist. The advantage of doing it this way is a nice flavor from placing the rub on the meat (instead of the skin). I prefer the shoulders as the bones in it gives the meat a better flavor.[p]Spin
  • Spin,
    Great idea, thanks a bunch, I knew I could depend on some fellow eggers to help my out. Bucky

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