1st pair of Shoulders, qview

Discussion in 'Pork' started by mole177, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. mole177

    mole177 Fire Starter

    well. started the ECB around 12:48am PST.  Am I crazy for starting at this hour ??



    will post more pics @ sunrise.

    nothing like the smell of piggy in the morning!
  2. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I don't think you're crazy for starting early.  Looking forward to some more pics.
  3. xjcamaro

    xjcamaro Meat Mopper

    If i could stay up, i would do my meat overnight. And not spend the whole day standing by the smoker.

    But hey its worth it. You can sleep when your dead right?

    Oh and those shoulders look good!
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2011
  4. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have never done an over night smoke I usually just get up really early and start it but then again I have never had to get the meat done by early afternoon either. We will usually eat later in the evening. Hope those butts turn out great for you and also I hope you were able to catch a few cat naps without temps going crazy on you. Should be some good sun rise pics to come.
  5. mole177

    mole177 Fire Starter

    well... I made it through the night. It was not that bad... but not sure how the rest of the day will turn out.

    temp dipped down to 200f, ugh...after a quick shuffle of the coals, back up to 228f.

    it's been in for 6 hrs now...

    I'll probe it in an hour.

    I just started spritzing cap morgan and apple juice.
  6. mole177

    mole177 Fire Starter

    8 hrs in

  7. mole177

    mole177 Fire Starter

    oh and surprising they're both at the same temp, 151f, time being.

    update- looks like I hit the plateau point at 149-151f...

    9hrs in
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2011
  8. xjcamaro

    xjcamaro Meat Mopper

  9. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Well you stayed up or not.??? I can't seem to sleep when there is fire just under my bedroom window. It looks like you aren't far away from pulling to me. Your butts looks pretty darn good from here.
  10. Looks good so far... yeah i have done a few smokes where i wake up at 3 or 4am to put them on, but i just cant get back to sleep for more than 2-5min at a time... just way to nervous that a fire will start...
  11. mole177

    mole177 Fire Starter

    yes, I did pull an all nighter.

    Not too worried about fire unless the shoulders char up, my backyard is all concrete and if it gets to that point, garden hose is within reach.

    I had to refuel several times over the night, 1/2 chimney for refuels, used the rest of the bag, approx 17lbs left. ECB's are hungry for fuel.

    and will look like I need to dip into a new bag of fuel. (kings original brisquettes)
  12. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Man those butts look good! I do the same, go to bed early, get up at 1:00 AM fire up the WSM, and pop open a Molson. That's the way to start the day. Beer & BBQ.
  13. mole177

    mole177 Fire Starter

    final stretch... just foiled at 155/157f
  14. mole177

    mole177 Fire Starter


    Total time cooking: 17.XX hrs.

    eating: 15 mins.


    omg... will i ever do this again? not in the near future, unless i have a co-pilot.

    Used grape wood. 3 cups of apple juice in the pan and several water refills into the pan.

    refueled several times. lost count. i have a full charcoal pan of ash, very small pebbles to what used to resemble brisquettes. maybe a bag and a quarter, so maybe 25 lbs total ?




  15. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    WOW looks awesome,great job i'm sure you will do it again once you get some sleep and finally sit down to eat some!!!How did you like the grape wood??I have only used it once and awhile.
  16. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great job - I do all nite smokes a lot but I have a SmokinTex electric unit and use the AMNS for my smoke source - Next time give yourself a couple of extra hours and put the foiled butts into an empty ice chest wrapped in towels so the juices redistribute. It really helps my smokes
  17. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great, nice smoke ring & bark...  All Night Smokes, that is what I like about my MES, you don't have to baby sit it all night...

  18.  The foiled butt, ice chest & towels in my opinion is THE best kept secret in smoking and cooking large cuts of meat.  I've been able to keep butts foiled for upwards of 6 hours and they were still piping hot.  It really helps plan your smokes when you have such a huge buffer after the finish line.

    Great looking pulled pork, I can never seems to get my bark to be that dark and incredible looking. 
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2011
  19. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Man, that's one good looking mess of pulled pork! 
  20. Nice job!

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