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Just finished pork shoulder cook and it came out dry. This is the second time in a row (both on my Rec-tec). Cooked this one at 235 to 187 then my grill had a malfunction so I moved it to the oven at 250 then 350 to take it to 200. It was on the smoker for about 7-8 hours, in the oven for another 3. 7 pound butt. Rested for an hour wrapped in a cooler. Pulled quite easily but it's dry.

A couple other oddities for this one - 1) the fat cap had what looked like a layer of skin (like a sheet of 1/4 inch rubber and pink/yellow). Have never seen that before - removed the rubber part. 2) the bone was an actual shoulder joint rather than the weird T-shaped one I'm used to seeing.

Other notes: didn't wrap until it went in the oven, no water pan, no mop or spritz. I've done them on a charcoal grill, in a BGE and in an electric smoker all basically the same technique. These 2 on my pellet smoker have come out dry.

Any theories would be appreciated.
 

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Just finished pork shoulder cook and it came out dry. This is the second time in a row (both on my Rec-tec). Cooked this one at 235 to 187 then my grill had a malfunction so I moved it to the oven at 250 then 350 to take it to 200. It was on the smoker for about 7-8 hours, in the oven for another 3. 7 pound butt. Rested for an hour wrapped in a cooler. Pulled quite easily but it's dry.

A couple other oddities for this one - 1) the fat cap had what looked like a layer of skin (like a sheet of 1/4 inch rubber and pink/yellow). Have never seen that before - removed the rubber part. 2) the bone was an actual shoulder joint rather than the weird T-shaped one I'm used to seeing.

Other notes: didn't wrap until it went in the oven, no water pan, no mop or spritz. I've done them on a charcoal grill, in a BGE and in an electric smoker all basically the same technique. These 2 on my pellet smoker have come out dry.

Any theories would be appreciated.
I think shoulders are a bit leaner than butts. And they do have a "skin" on it that's a bit tough. If I all I can find are shoulders I brine them overnight to get more moisture in them. The pics looked good. Just throw some vinegar sauce on it.
 
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I think shoulders are a bit leaner than butts. And they do have a "skin" on it that's a bit tough. If I all I can find are shoulders I brine them overnight to get more moisture in them. The pics looked good. Just throw some vinegar sauce on it.
i thought shoulders were butts. that said, the bone was definitely different.

EDIT - found this and it explains the difference. I definitely had shoulder rather than butt. Won't make that mistake again
 
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