Attempting my first Butt for Mother's Day

Discussion in 'Pork' started by smokingma, May 13, 2012.

  1. smokingma

    smokingma Smoke Blower

    Good morning fellow smokers and Happy Mother's Day to all the smoking moms on the board.  Yesterday I picked up an 8# boston butt from a butcher in my area.  This was my first time trying his store and I was inpressed.  I will be visiting him again.  Here's a Qview of my rubbed butt

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    Starting the smoke (about 6:30 am)

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    I'm planning to cook a small brisket and some ABT's for the family also. I think I'd better grill some ribs and chicken so they can eat at a decent time.   I'll be back with a progress report later.

    Renee
     
    Last edited: May 13, 2012
  2. slufa111

    slufa111 Fire Starter

    great looking butt... what time do you plan on eating?
     
  3. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    Off to a great start
     
  4. smokingma

    smokingma Smoke Blower

    Well I was hoping for 6:30ish, but the butt may be for tomorrow's dinner LOL.  I'm having a little problem getting my temp up.  I'm thinking the charcoal pan is too low. i used a mod that I found on the Brinkman site and not the one on SMF.   I'll fix that later, but in the mean time I need to find a way to raise that bowl.  Be back later.
     
    Last edited: May 13, 2012
  5. smokingma

    smokingma Smoke Blower

    Three hours in.  My smoker's temp is now starting to get better, it's at 230 now.  The butt's IT is 108.  I'm using Cowboy brand lump charcoal so now I'm getting better temps (still going to do more mods).  Here's what it looks like [​IMG]
     
  6. smokingma

    smokingma Smoke Blower

    Brisket rubbed and about to go in the smoker.  Butt is doing nicely 142 after 5 hours.

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  7. smokingma

    smokingma Smoke Blower

    The butt's been on for about 7.5 hrs and the IT is 159.  Think it'll be ready by 6:30 or 7?  I sure hope so.  LOL
     
  8. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    sure do have a nice looking butt there... wrap it in foil... that will get it done in time for dinner... don't forget the (at least) 1 hr rest in the cooler...
     
  9. slufa111

    slufa111 Fire Starter

    to get to 200 degrees.... id say around 8-9pm to be completely honest.
     
  10. smokingma

    smokingma Smoke Blower

    Butt is foiled and back in the smoker:

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    I noticed the the temp went up while I was foiling it.

    I forgot to take a picture of the brisket while I had the butt out but after 3.5 hours it's IT was 151.  It only weighed about 5.5 lbs.  We may be eating a little later but one can hope.  Slaw and potatoe salad is made and green beans.  Just waiting on the meat. [​IMG]
     
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  11. smokingma

    smokingma Smoke Blower

    Here's the finished brisket!  The family loved it.  Can't wait to do another one,[​IMG]

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    The butt is now in the cooler and will be pulled soon.  And of course I will be using Jeff's finishing sauce. [​IMG]
     
  12. smokingma

    smokingma Smoke Blower

    The butt was awesome!![​IMG]   Thank you Jeff for the finishing sauce.  That really made the meat shine.  (though 2 of my family members wanted more vinegar LOL)  The smoke was perfect.  My chef son stopped by and was truly surprised at my first attempt (he's worked in bbq restaurants and said mine could sell ***grin***).  If it weren't for you awesome smokers, this day may not have happened.  Thank you all.  So here's your Qview my friends.

    The finished product (I almost pulled it before I remembered to take the picture.

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    It was soo easy to pull this meat.  It was almost falling off the bone and oh the juice and finishing sauce.

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    Potato salad.  Got these multi colored potatoes from BJ's.  It was a mixture of youkon gold, red and purple potatoes and yes the meat in there was purple.

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    My plate

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    Yes I like mine with slaw.  Again I want to thank everyone for being on this site and your helping hands.

    Renee
     
  13. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Everything looks delicious! Job well done!
     
  14. Smoken GMA,

    I had to post this picture after looking at your post. I have the same cutting board and counter top..... 

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    Be Well,

    Jim K.

    Brinkmann Smoke 'N Pit King
    Weber 22" Kettle
    Char-broil Quantum 3-burner IR Grill
    Big Easy 1600

    "Coals, smoke, meat and beverages - Life is great"
     
  15. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    All looks great!...JJ
     
  16. smokingma

    smokingma Smoke Blower

    Oh WOW!  Well just goes to show ya, great minds and smokers think alike.
    Thank you. I'm learning from the best [​IMG]
    Thank you!  I can't wait to expand on this first try.
     
  17. Great job! Fun isn't it? 
     
  18. smokingma

    smokingma Smoke Blower

    OH MY GOD yes!  And it will be better once I finish the mods on my ECB.   I told the hubby that sorry but food cooking inside and out is my domain LOL.  He didn't have a problem with that.  LOL
     
  19. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks like you are off to a great start with your smoking career 
     
  20. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    See.. I told ya you had a nice looking butt... good job and welcome to your new addiction
     

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