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Time planning.

New Egghead. When factoring time for a slow shoulder smoke how do you adjust time for two smaller shoulders versus a one large shoulder?  Do you factor time on total weight or the weight of the largest piece?


  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 20,920
    edited July 2015
    Each hunk will cook as a standalone piece as long as they aren't touching.  That said, two equal weighted hunks can finish a couple of hours apart.  Pay attention to the largest one but also check on the smaller one as it could run longer.  FWIW-
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  • TexanOfTheNorthTexanOfTheNorth Posts: 3,951
    No, you do not factor time for total weight.

    As @lousubcap says, even two equal weighted pieces of meat will probably cook at different times.

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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 25,637
    the smaller ones take less time than the larger ones but always seem to take longer than you would think
  • theyolksonyoutheyolksonyou Posts: 18,081
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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 8,494
    Welcome - and there is no exact science. That's why we invented FTC. IMO, some time in the cooler enhances the pull, so if one finishes an hour or two before the other, not a big deal if it spends that time in the cooler. You can hold for 4 hours easy, so plan to finish early and all will be good. 
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  • RACRAC Posts: 1,688
    Welcome aboard!


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  • lawslug22lawslug22 Posts: 5
    Is it better to get a large price to feed about 15 or to get a couple of smaller ones?
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 20,920
    I would go with two smaller depending on the split weight.  Once you get below around a 5-6 lb pork butt the total cook time at a fixed temp seems to go up.  So if you can achieve your cook with two 6-8 lb butts instead of a 12-14 lb shoulder I would go that direction. Plus more bark area.   FWIW-
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here; L&S BGE's, PBC, Lang 36; burnin wood in the neighborhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
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