Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible


Texas Shoulder Clod (Barbecued Beef Shoulder)



  • Yield: Serves 16 to 20
  • Method: Smoking or indirect grilling
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For the Dalmatian Rub:

  • 1/2 cup coarse salt (kosher or sea)
  • 1/2 cup cracked black peppercorns
  • 3 tablespoons hot pepper flakes

  • 1 beef shoulder clod (13 to 15 pounds)

For serving:

  • Mustard Beer Barbecue Sauce (see recipe)
  • Texas Toast (see recipe)
  • Sweet and/or sour pickles
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • White onion, thinly sliced
  • Sliced avocado
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Thin slices of orange Wisconsin cheddar or pepper Jack cheese

Step 1: Generously sprinkle the rub over all sides of the clod, patting it onto the meat with your fingertips.

Step 2: Set up the smoker according to the manufacturer’s instructions and preheat to 250 degrees.

Step 3: When ready to cook, place the clod, fat side up, in the center of the grate. Add wood and additional charcoal as specified by the manufacturer.

Step 4: Smoke the clod until darkly browned and cooked through, 12 to 16 hours. To test for doneness, use an instant-read meat thermometer: The internal temperature should be between 195°and 200°F. (Like brisket, clod is served well-done.) If the outside starts to burn, cover it loosely with aluminum foil.

Step 5: Transfer the smoked clod to a cutting board and let it rest for 15 minutes, then thinly slice it across the grain with a sharp knife. Serve with Texas Toast and your choice of the sides listed above.

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