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Size of Pork Shoulder

MikeP624MikeP624 Posts: 292
edited August 2012 in EggHead Forum
I wanted to do a shoulder this weekend but I do not want have time to do a large pork shoulder.  Are there any negatives to cooking a small shoulder? Maybe one around 5lbs verses a larger shoulder?


  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 16,770
    Other than less pulled pork to inhale-nope. Almost forgot-less adult beverage time monitoring the BGE during the shortened cook-time as well :)
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • I have never done a small one but the time per pound thing doesn't always apply. It seems to me that I've read where guys have done smaller ones and the take almost as long.
  • cortguitarmancortguitarman Posts: 2,061
    Do a search for turbo butts. You may have time to do a bigger butt this way.
    Mark Annville, PA
  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,937
    I usually cook the shoulders for pulled pork. For me, pieces up to 4 pounds have tended to be a bit dry. Above, they just get better with size.  I've cooked a few as roasts, hotter and quicker, and removed around 165F. Good flavor, but still chewy.
  • YEMTreyYEMTrey Posts: 5,667
    I smoked a 5.9lb pork shoulder two weeks ago.  No problems whatsoever.  Right around nine hours or so.  Put on at 8am and was ready for dinner.  Plenty of pulled pork for the three of us with tons of leftovers.

    XL, Mini Max, and a 22" Blackstone in Cincinnati, Ohio

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