Time For Smoking
Pork Shoulder

Kimberly from Tampa, FL wrote:

How many minutes per pound will it take to smoke a pork shoulder at 200 degrees? Is 200 degrees hot enough, and what's a good wood to use for smoking?

minutes to smoke pork shoulder
by: Anonymous

KIMBERLY smoke your shoulder at 225 and its 11/2 hr per pound.If your going to slice it cook to 185 if your going to pull the pork go to 205.

Comments for Time For Smoking Pork Shoulder

A long,long,long time...
by: BBQ Bob

I set my pellet smoker(fast eddy pg-500) at 225 and put my 5.5 pound pork butt in at 8:30 AM. To get decent pulled pork the internal temperature has to reach at least 195 degrees or better yet 203 degrees for the best result. That said it took almost 15 hours to reach that temperature. The temperature stopped rising at 170 and sat there for about two hours before starting to rise again. This is normal when cooking pulled pork. At 170 the collagen and fat melts and the meat "sweats" cooling the outside. I've read after the first 4 to 6 hours the meat won't absorb any more smoke. Next time I will finish in the oven at 350 till the internal temperature reaches 203.

Smoking (4) 1.3 pound pork shoulders
by: Ted


Came across this page on "Google." Need some friendly and helpful advice please! My "Taylor" meat thermometer BROKE on me and I'm smoking (4) pork shoulders in my "Big Green Egg" at (hopefully) 225 degrees.... Yes, I already know about the accuracy of thermometers on the grills.... That said and understood, does anyone have any safe advice about timing before I open the hood? I don't want to open it until I have too! I've read 1 and a half hours per pound but since these are sliced (from Costco) I'm wondering what the right timing will be for nice pulled pork!

Please advise!


2- 5 1/2lb shoulders
by: Ben

I'm smoking 11 lbs of meat in my smoker. They're pretty even at 5 1/2 lbs a piece. I'm smoking them at 225. I've heard to count on an hour per pound, but I'm not sure what to do since there's 2 of them. Do I cook them for roughly 11 hours since there is 11 lbs, or would it be more like 6-7 hours since they're only 5 pounders. Please help.

Is it safe
by: Kelly

We started our smoker and when we went to bed it was at 100 degrees at midnight and at 6 am the smoker shout off and was at 90. We continued to smoke it. Will it be safe to eat?  Thanks

14 hours
by: Ben Molloy

A 10-12LB pork shoulder cooked at 225 for about 14 hours is done. You'll use probably 25LBs of charcoal to achieve this, and your hair will smell like smoke for 2-3 days even after washing. :)

I only apply smoke to shoulder/butt for the first 4 hours or so...after that it doesn't do much good other than dry it out. Try this rub and mop:

The Rub:
2 tablespoons salt
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste, this won't really be that spicy.)
1/4 cup paprika

The Mop:
1 Cup Cider Vinegar
1/2 Cup Worcesterchire Sauce
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Water
2 TBLSPNS of above rub

Apply rub to shoulder and let sit wrapped in foil overnight. Use ALL but 2 TBLSPNS of rub, the rest you use in the mop. You're not going to over season that much meat.

Pork Shoulder Smoking Time
by: Bill

Whole pork shoulders take a long, long time to smoke. So long that recipes don't give minutes per pound in the directions, but give the average cooking time in hours per pound. With a smoker operating at 225-250° Fahrenheit, it can take from one hour per pound (if you're lucky) to one and one-half hours per pound to cook, and maybe even longer depending on the size and fat content of the shoulder.

When the pork shoulder reaches about 190°F, start checking it for tenderness with a fork. Poke it in the meat and give it a twist. That way you'll know exactly when it's done enough to shred.

If you'll be smoking your pork shoulder at 200°F, it could take an awful long time to smoke, maybe 2 or more hours per pound. If at all possible, smoke your shoulder at a higher temperature, around 220 degrees.

By wrapping the shoulder in aluminum foil after the first few hours of smoking, the cooking time can be reduced. But this method also has it's drawbacks. Normally, when a shoulder is smoked without using foil, an outer crust forms. This crust is called the "bark" and is quite tasty.

By wrapping the smoked pork shoulder in foil, you lose the bark because of moisture buildup, but you cut back on cooking time. The choice is yours.