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My First Attempt at Smoking Pork Shoulders

Since Sweetness gave me my little Weber Smoky Mountain smoker for Christmas a few months ago, I have been wanting to try my hand at pulled pork. It’s one of my favorites to enjoy, but I’m new to smoking and the time commitment kind of held me back. Instead I broke the smoker in with a few sessions that were a little less extreme. In the past four months I’ve done a couple whole chickens, a few batches of baby back ribs and I even smoked a quartered chuck roast for something different as well as a couple bacon-centric appetizers, but none of those sessions required more than four or five hours in the heat. The general rule of thumb for pork shoulders is to plan for 1.5 to 2 hours per pound for the largest roast. This meant that even a smaller, six pound shoulder could take up to twelve hours. Finally, it looked like I had a weekend that allowed for the extra time, so I did my homework and prepared ahead of time as much as I could to make the smoke session go as smoothly as possible. Of course, there is a saying that has something to do about the best laid plans of mice and men often going awry. My preparations may have helped to start me on the right path but I did end up facing a few obstacles throughout the day that slowed me down.

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