Amount of smoke for Boston butt

Discussion in 'Pork' started by paaco1981, Oct 26, 2014.

  1. paaco1981

    paaco1981 Newbie

    Just wondering, when you guys do boston butt in the smoker, how much smoke do you give it? Hopefully not a crazy question but I never feel like I get enough smoke. I have one in right now that I let smoke for about the first 5 hours. Just waiting on 195 now.
     
  2. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Everything I ever smoke gets TBS (Thin Blue Smoke) every minute that it's in my MES 40, except when it's either foiled or during pellicle forming, before smoking (fish & cured meats).

    The big thing is "Don't use Heavy Smoke on Anything". Just a short time of heavy smoke is a bad thing IMHO.

    Bear
     
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2014
  3. paaco1981

    paaco1981 Newbie

    Hey, thanks Bear. Maybe that's why I never feel like I get enough, I don't let it smoke the whole time. And I agree on the heavy smoke being bad, I have made that mistake before. I'm using an Amazing Pellet Smoker in a MES though, hard to get anything but TBS with that thing. The IT on my butt is 160 now, think I should light the AMZPS back up till done? I'm using a mixture of Hickory, Cherry, and Apple.
     
  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wouldn't hurt if you're not going to foil it.

    I usually foil my butts at 165*, so it wouldn't be worth it for me to re-light my AMNPS at 160* if it had gone out.

    And yes---About the only way you can get smoke that's too heavy with an AMNPS is to light both ends. I tried it one time, and ended up putting one end out !!!

    BTW: Pulling at 195*IT might make it hard to pull. I usually go to about 205*, unless I'm going to slice it.

    Bear
     
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2014
  5. paaco1981

    paaco1981 Newbie

    Thanks again Bear, I usually don't foil mine as I'm a big fan of the bark. I'll light the AMNPS back up and let it get some more smoke. Thank you again for the help and suggestions.
     

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