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How Long Does It Take To Cook A Pork Shoulder At 200 Degrees?

It’s easy to throw a few pork shoulders into the slow cooker and let them go, but they’re often dry, tough, and flavorless.

I love cooking pork shoulder low and slow in the oven because it melts away to tender perfection in its own fatty juices.

In fact, I generally cook three of them at a time when I go a day without seeing my family so that we’ll have leftovers for sandwiches the next day.

But how long does it take to cook a pork shoulder at 200 degrees?

The answer might surprise you!

Can you cook a pork shoulder at 200 degrees?

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You can cook a pork shoulder at 200 degrees.

The question is, will it be good?

First, let’s make sure we’re talking about the same thing.

A pork shoulder is the cut of meat that you get when you remove the bone from a whole hog, which is called a ham.

A pork butt is another type of cured meat made from this same cut but not cooked in water for as long as ham.

In other words, if you think you want to cook an entire pig and then slice off large quantities from it (like getting ready for a tailgate), then this recipe isn’t going to help you out much.

As long as we’re clear on what “pork shoulder” means (and now that I’ve used some fancy words like “cured” and “tailgate”), let’s talk about how to turn that big chunk o’ meat into something edible!

How long does it take to cook a pork shoulder at 200 degrees?

It takes roughly 16 hours to cook a pork shoulder at 200 degrees.

The best temperature for cooking a pork shoulder is 250-300 degrees, but you can also cook it at 225 to 240 degrees if you don’t want to go all out.

The trick to making sure that your pork shoulder comes out perfect every time is measuring the internal temperature before pulling it from the oven.

You’ll want to measure using an instant-read thermometer on the thickest part of your roast and make sure that it reaches an internal temperature of 160F/71C.