cutting big butts in two

Discussion in 'Pork' started by gotbags-10, May 14, 2012.

  1. gotbags-10

    gotbags-10 Smoke Blower

    So i have a 13lb butt in the freezer that i've been hesitant to smoke just because the idea of a possible 20-26 hour smoke. I'm wondering about cutting it in two halves. Just didn't know if this was a good idea or not? I realize on would have the bone and other not, also wondering if that would make for dry meat. Any thoughts? Thanks again.
  2. smokingma

    smokingma Smoke Blower

    Maybe you can ask the butcher at the store you purchased it to cut it in half.  They may be able to cut it so there is some bone in both halves.
  3. gotbags-10

    gotbags-10 Smoke Blower

    unfortunately these are purchased in cryo packs at my local Sams club
  4. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    It will be fine. Especially if you like bark.

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  5. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Is that one 13 pound cryovac package???

    If so it is most likely in two pieces.
    Last edited: May 14, 2012
  6. gotbags-10

    gotbags-10 Smoke Blower

    no the package was 21 lbs total and had two in it.
  7. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sometimes I will cut the big butts in half, smoke the (bone in) butt for pulling, and pull the (boneless) butt at an IT of 185º-190º for slicing.

    Good luck

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