Should you smoke pork shoulder fat side up or down?

Do you cook a pork shoulder fat side up or down?

The answer is simple: Always position the meat with the fat side facing up. Here’s why. When the fat is facing up, it will act as a natural basting liquid for the pork as it renders out. While the fat doesn’t penetrate too deeply beneath the surface of the meat, it still helps it retain a high degree of moisture.

Do you flip pork shoulder when smoking it?

Once you begin the cooking process, just leave the pork alone and let the heat do all the magic. I don’t even prefer flipping it or turning it size wise while it is cooking. Flipping it will damage that beautiful crust that will be forming on the outer surface of the meat.

Should I flip my pork shoulder in slow cooker?

The pork shoulder tends to float, and you want to make sure it is evenly cooked. Except for the temperature change and flipping the pork shoulder there is not a lot to do, and in all honesty, you could just set it on low and cook for 8–10 hours and be fine (especially if you needed to head to work for the day).

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How long should I cook a 10 pound pork shoulder?

How long should I cook a 10 lb pork shoulder? a good rule of thumb is to cook it 30 minutes per pound @ 350°. thusly 5 hours would do the trick. you can put a dry rub on it or even brine it overnight.

Should you trim fat off pork shoulder before smoking?

You want to leave the right amount of fat to give the meat flavor, but trim enough of the fat and connective tissue so your smoke and the flavors in your rub can penetrate the meat.

How long do I smoke a 9 pound pork shoulder?

Smoke for about 60 to 90 minutes per pound, or until the internal temperature reaches 195-205 degrees. Continuously monitor the temperature with a probe thermometer. Remove the pork shoulder from the smoker and wrap in butcher paper or aluminum and place in a cooler to rest for at least one hour.

Should I cut the fat off my pork shoulder?

Pork shoulder has a good amount of fat layer on the surface. Make sure to cut away most of the excess fat, leaving just a small amount for flavor. This will make it easier to remove the fat later when making the barbecue sauce.

How long does it take to smoke a 5 pound pork shoulder?

A: A 5 pound pork shoulder(picnic) will require 7.5 hours of total cook time.. that is 1.5 hours per pound. If you have a thermometer then you will need to smoke the meat until it reaches 140 degrees internally and after that it just needs heat to take it on to 180 for slicing or 200-205 for pulling.

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Should I wrap smoked pork shoulder in foil?

Wrap in foil: At the 5-hour mark the internal temp should be in the 160 range. Wrap in aluminum foil to keep the meat from getting too much smoke and to catch the moisture being released during the cooking process.

How do you keep a pork shoulder moist when smoking?

The trick is to keep the meat moist while it slowly cooks all day. The best way to do that is to either inject the butt or to brine it. We usually brine, and you can find an explanation as well as an easy brine recipe here.

Do you add liquid to pulled pork in slow cooker?

3. Add about 1/4 Cup Liquid Per Pound of Pork. … Your liquid should not cover your pork in the slow cooker: it should only come up about a quarter of the way up the sides. The pork will make more liquid as it cooks, and you need to leave room for that.

Does meat have to be fully submerged in slow cooker?

The short answer is yes, normally all meat we cook in a slow cooker needs to be submerged in liquid. That is because the slow cooker is ideal for cheaper, slightly fatty cuts of meat. The liquid is needed to dissolve the tough fibers in the meat and soften it.