cutting boston butt

Discussion in 'Meat Selection and Processing' started by photoguy67, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. photoguy67

    photoguy67 Newbie

    Wasn't sure where to ask this so feel free to move if needed. I am new to smoking so be gentle. I have been bouncing the idea around in my head about taking a boston butt and cutting it in half to smoke it. Seems like it should smoke a lot faster. I have found no other posts about this so I can only assume my logic is wrong or it would be suggested in several places. So am I crazy or does it have potential?

    Thanks everyone.
     
  2. smokinal

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

    Yes you can do that. It will cook faster & with more surface area you will get more bark. 

    Al
     
  3. photoguy67

    photoguy67 Newbie

    so if it works, what is the downside? Tougher pork maybe?
     
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    There is little downside other than the Bone-in half will take a little longer, maybe an hour. Did a quick search of " Cutting a Pork Butt in Half "for you. I found these. Hope they help...[​IMG]...JJ 

    There should be no issue with drying out, especially if you Foil. You can always try one of the recipes at the bottom...

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/...n-half-or-into-quarters-to-take-in-more-smoke

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/...ork-butt-in-half-and-cut-down-on-smoking-time

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/89890/cutting-a-pork-but-in-half-to-save-time-cooking

    This from last week is relevent... http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/243518/bone-in-butt-fell-apart#post_1538059 

    Foiling Juice / Sweet Pulled Pork Finishing Sauce

    Foiling Juice

    For each Rack of Ribs Combine:

    1T Pork Rub, yours

    1/2 Stick Butter

    1/2C Cane Syrup... Dark Corn Syrup...or Honey

    1/4C Apple Cider...or Juice

    1T Molasses

    Optional: 2T Apple Cider Vinegar. Add 2T Mustard and 1/4C Ketchup to make it more of a KC Glaze.

    Simmer until a syrupy consistency.

    Allow to cool for 5 minutes, pour over foiled Ribs and

    run your 2 hour phase of 3-2-1. For the last phase return

    the ribs to the smoker BUT reserve any Juice remaining

    in the Foil. Simmer the Juice over med/low heat to reduce to a saucy thickness. Glaze the Ribs for presentation or service.

    For a Sweet Finishing Sauce for Pulled Pork:  Make a Double batch, skip the Butter.

    If you plan to Foil the meat, add 1/2 the batch to the Foil Pack or place it in a Pan with your Butt, when the IT hits 165*F.

    Cover the pan with foil and continue to heat to 205*F for pulling.

    At 205* rest or hold the Butt in a cooler wrapped in towels until ready to serve.

    Pull the Pork and place it back in the pan with the pan Juices and any additional reserved Foiling Juice to moisten, the meat should be shiny and juicy but not swimming in sauce. Serve while hot...OR... Bag and refrigerate until needed.

    If you choose to Not Foil or Pan the Butt. Add the Finishing Sauce to the pulled meat before serving. Add the hot Finishing Sauce a little at a time until the Pork is moistened, again the meat should be shiny but not swimming in sauce.

    When re-heating place the Pulled Pork in a Pan or Crock pot and add reserved Foiling Juice or Apple Cider, as needed to make up the Juice that was absorbed while the pork was refrigerated. Cover and re-heat in a pre-heated 325-350*F oven or on High in the crock pot to 165*F and Serve.

    I was AMAZED...No additional sauce needed. ENJOY...JJ

    Tangy Pulled Pork Finishing Sauce

    This is more of an Eastern North Carolina style Finishing Sauce...

    2 C Apple Cider Vinegar

    2T Worcestershire Sauce or more to taste

    1/4C Brown Sugar

    1T Smoked Paprika

    2 tsp Granulated Garlic

    2 tsp Granulated Onion

    2 tsp Fine Grind Black Pepper

    1 tsp Celery Salt

    1 tsp Cayenne Pepper or Red Pepper Flake. Add more if you like Heat.

    1/2 tsp Grnd Allspice

    Combine all and whisk well. This is a thin sauce, bring just to a simmer and remove from heat. Adjust sweetness by adding Brn Sugar or additional Vinegar as desired...Makes about 2 Cups.

    For a Lexington Style Dip  add, 1/2C Ketchup and 1-3tsp Red Pepper Flakes...JJ
     
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2016

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