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Snake River Farms Shoulder

PASmokePASmoke Posts: 271
Well, I finally decided to pull the trigger on the SRF shoulder. I’m also using it as a good excuse to get back engaged on this forum.

The package arrived as a 23 lb hunk of completely frozen meat. I filled the sink with room temp water and let it sit in there for 4/5 hours. Then I placed it in the refrigerator overnight. I removed it from the refrigerator again around 10AM the next morning and left it on the counter until I put it on the BGE at 5pm. 

I wanted it to be ready to serve no later than 6pm on the 4th of I gave myself a worst case scenario of 24 hours cook time and an hour rest time.

But I assumed that it would more likely be a 19-21 hour cook.....followed by a 3-4 hour rest. 

I was wrong! 

It looked great with the exception of the protruding, handle like bone/blade that was obviously going to keep it from fitting on the BGE.

That was going to have to go! 

Using a standard bone saw I removed the protruding piece. I admit to not knowing my way around a whole shoulder like a butcher.....but it didn’t look like the most promising piece of meat. I set it aside for soup another day. 

The color on the rest of the shoulder was a beautiful, deep pink. I did trim it up a bit before rubbing it. 

I wanted to give the meat a chance to really stand on its I gave it a light dusting of a rub from Georgia’s second best BBQ restaurant and drizzled it with a touch of honey. That’s it....

I set the BGE around 275* thinking that a piece of cold meat that large would quickly bring down my dome temp 25 or 30 degrees......which it did. 

Here we go.....

In that previously mentioned spirit of not messing with it too much and letting the meat speak for itself - I didn’t lift the lid until over 6 hours into the cook. Above is what it looked like at that point.

I did spritz it with a 75% Apple Juice 25% Apple Cider Vinegar once.

If you’re cooks are anything like mine.....there is almost always a curve ball of some kind. Today’s curveball was that this
23 lb hunk of meaty goodness was done in an incredibly short 12 hours rather than the 20+ that I had planned for! 

There was no “stall” or “plateau” at any point in the cook. I anticipated that there would be a 3 to 5 hour stall. 

It steadily climbed until I removed it at 5:00am when the core temp reached 198*....Exactly 12 hours after putting it on the Egg.

This was the final product. 

My biggest challenge was keeping it in good condition for 14 hours until dinner would be served. Not an ideal length of time! 

I wrapped it in tinfoil and put it in the oven on the “warm” setting at 165* basting it occasionally with a homemade sauce.

The surface area was a bit more dry than I would have hoped for because of the long rest time.....but the flavor of the meat was amazing and the center of the cut was juicy and perfect. 

All in was a success.
Atlanta, GA - Large BGE x 2


  • leemschuleemschu Posts: 575
    Thats quite the hunk of meat. Looks delicious!
    Dyersburg, TN
  • stevezstevez Posts: 106
    Looks awesome!  Thanks for sharing.  Will have to try one.

    X/L BGE

    Louisville, Kentucky
  • smbishopsmbishop Posts: 2,536
    Great looking piece of meat.  Thank you for sharing the details of your purchase and cook!  Keep on posting!
    Southlake, TX, and Cowhouse Creek, Gatesville, TX.  2 Large, 1 Small and a lot of Eggcessories.
  • saluki2007saluki2007 Posts: 4,690
    B-E-A-U-TIFUL!  Did you happen to check your dome thermo to make sure it was calibrated correctly?  Wondering if you were cooking more than 275ish.  Either way great work.
    Large and Small BGE
    Morton, IL

  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 7,323
    That's a great cook and post.  THANK YOU for sharing.

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

  • PASmokePASmoke Posts: 271
    edited July 5
    As good as it was I’m still a little undecided on if it was “worth it.” 

    It it had a uniquely rich and deep flavor and their customer service is great. But is it worth 3 times what I would have paid a local butcher for a similar cut of meat that is not “Kurobuta” pork? 

    Probably, yes......occasionally. 


    Atlanta, GA - Large BGE x 2

  • PASmokePASmoke Posts: 271
    @saluki2007 I would have thought the same thing.....but I had a remote probe running along side the dome probe and they were reading 6 to 8 degrees apart the whole time....which makes sense given that one was on the grate and the other in the dome lid. 
    Atlanta, GA - Large BGE x 2

  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 15,178
    SRF has been generous enough to donate one of these to Butt Blast the past couple of years, and @tarheelmatt has cooked them up.  They make for some good groceries as he is fond of saying!
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike

  • PASmokePASmoke Posts: 271
    @JohnInCarolina ;
    One thing that is without question is the quality of SRF as a company. Their customer service and food quality is fantastic! Glad to hear that they also support good causes. 
    Atlanta, GA - Large BGE x 2

  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 20,221
    @PASmoke great write up and even better cook.  Way to address all the curve balls and still hit a home-run.  Congrats.
    Regarding SRF- with few exceptions (some sale or other enticement) all I buy from them are briskets.  I can't afford to make them my sole supplier (unless I greatly reduce my brisket cook numbers) but whenever I cook one it is always worth it. 
    Louisville;  "indeterminate Jim" here; L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • PASmokePASmoke Posts: 271
    Thanks! I have cooked their Kurobuta ribs (posted on that a while back) and now this....not sure what’s next.....but I’ll probably do something this Fall. 

    Maybe the Crown Roast. Ever done it? 
    Atlanta, GA - Large BGE x 2

  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 20,221
    @PASmoke never have strayed from SRF beef products so no help there.  But given their overall track record and your experience-sounds like a slam dunk. 
    Louisville;  "indeterminate Jim" here; L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 5,518
    Visalia, Ca
  • DobieDobie Posts: 2,882
    Welcome back, nice return!
    Jacksonville FL
  • tarheelmatttarheelmatt Posts: 9,826
    These shoulders are awesome!  

    Made tacos al pastor for BB2018 and pork mojo for BB2019.  Didn't have many complaints.  
    Thomasville, NC
    My YouTube Channel - The Hungry Hussey
    My Photography Site
  • PASmokePASmoke Posts: 271

    Thanks! Looking forward to posting more again.....
    Atlanta, GA - Large BGE x 2

  • wardowardo Posts: 180
    PASmoke said:
    As good as it was I’m still a little undecided on if it was “worth it.” 

    It it had a uniquely rich and deep flavor and their customer service is great. But is it worth 3 times what I would have paid a local butcher for a similar cut of meat that is not “Kurobuta” pork? 

    Probably, yes......occasionally.

    That is a pretty looking piece of piggy!

    Did you rock that thing on a large?  Tip of the cap to you on a SNF cook!  I'm hoping to get good enough one day to justify being able to order and cook one of those piece's of golden meats!

    Pics look fantastic.  Thank you for sharing!
    Charlotte NC - LBGE
  • PASmokePASmoke Posts: 271
    Yes, I did it on a large. After I sawed off the smaller piece it fit perfectly.

    If I had it to do over again I would call SRF and ask them to send me a smaller shoulder. 

    Thank you you for your kind words.....
    Atlanta, GA - Large BGE x 2

  • mlc2013mlc2013 Posts: 988
    looks great way to roll with the punches

    Long Island NY    
    1 XL BGE 12/17, 1 LG BGE 3/18, 1 MM BGE 3/18
  • wardowardo Posts: 180
    What did you do with the sawed off piece?  I'm thinking that could make some fantastic sausage 

    Charlotte NC - LBGE
  • CigarCityEggerCigarCityEgger Posts: 1,510
    Great looking shoulder, was it worth the SRF price?
  • PASmokePASmoke Posts: 271
    Probably yes.....on a rare ocation. It is a great piece of meat....better than most. But it’s 30% better and three times the price. So that one time a year when you want to do something special for friends or family.....go for it. 
    Atlanta, GA - Large BGE x 2

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