I got a little chief smoker for christmas, I tried smoking a 5lb pork shoulder today. FAIL! I brined overnight, dry rubbed 1 hour before putting in the smoker. Never got the meat over 85'. Tried going to the oven but it had already been to long in the danger zone.
Couple other notes:
- I wrapped the smoker in 3/4 in foam insulation to keep heat up
- I got the smoker to 178' at the top end
My thought is to try again and cut the 5lb shoulder into two pieces. I know you want low and slow which I agree with, and I know I'll have to finish in the oven which I am ok with.