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Odd question.

Odd question I know, I have cooked a lot of pork shoulders (bone in, maybe 30ish) and have never really looked at or have been concerned about the dimensions. What I am looking for is the rough height. My concern is that I am in the planning stages of building a smoker (with some guidance from SGH who I had the pleasure of talking to) and I am only going to have 5 to 5 ½” between the shelves. I know this is going to be a tight fit. Does anyone have a few in their fridge or freezer that can get an average height? I know they are all different. They don't carry them off the shelf in my local stores, my butcher friend is on Vacation, and I figure there would be plenty of people on here that may know off the top of their head. (rough guess is L,10" / W,8" / H,5".

 

Thanks in advance.

County of Parkland, Alberta, Canada

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  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 5,428
    edited October 2017
    I'm about to go buy one on the way home and can measure then.
    If you don't want to wait call my butcher.
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  • AlbertaEggerAlbertaEgger Posts: 1,258
    I'm about to go buy one on the way home and can measure then.
    If you don't want to wait call my butcher.
    Patton's Meat Market - (770) 495-0077

    I can wait, thanks. If you don't mind, just need a good average. I am hoping I am wrong and they are all roughly 4 1/2 in height or so.
    County of Parkland, Alberta, Canada
  • Ladeback69Ladeback69 Posts: 4,427
    Your rough guess I think is close and they will shrink during cooking.  SGH should be able to advice you on this since has cooked a few in his day, bit if you went to 6" I would think you are ok for sure.
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  • AlbertaEggerAlbertaEgger Posts: 1,258
    Your rough guess I think is close and they will shrink during cooking.  SGH should be able to advice you on this since has cooked a few in his day, bit if you went to 6" I would think you are ok for sure.

    He said it shouldn't be an issue. However I am still curious on the average height to see if I am squeezing these in, or if I will still have some good air flow around them. I don't want to go 6", that will only leave me less room on the top shelf. 12" Total. I'll be talking to SGH again soon on a few design questions as well. Great guy!
    County of Parkland, Alberta, Canada
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  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 5,428

    "Social media gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community [...] but now they have the same right to speak as a Nobel Prize winner. It's the invasion of the idiots."

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 26,701
    If you have the luxury of making them adjustable....
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  • R2Egg2QR2Egg2Q Posts: 1,985
    I have 5 1/2” between the racks on my gravity feed smoker and haven’t had any issues with butts fitting.  Looking at this pic, I think if you have at least 5” that should be enough.  


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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 16,778
    Here are two measurements (both frozen):
    7 lbs-4 1/4" in height.
    9.5 lbs - 4 3/4" in height.  Both are bone-in butts.
    I agree with @R2Egg2Q above.  Enjoy the project.  
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  • AlbertaEggerAlbertaEgger Posts: 1,258
    Perfect! Thanks everyone.
    County of Parkland, Alberta, Canada
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