Do you foil your pulled pork butts or not?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by rbranstner, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Do you guys foil your pork butts when making pulled pork? I am thinking about foiling mine once they are over 160 degrees.
  2. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    i do foil mine when they get 160-170. leave foiled for the duration and the rest period as well.
  3. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I double wrap foil, wrap in towels and place in a cooler to keep in the heat. It can safely rest a few hours with the cooler at room temperature, and when you open it up steam will still be coming out. In my opinion the resting time being a few hours is much more tender than letting the butt rest just a half hour.
  4. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I do the same thing. [​IMG]

    Doesn't mean you have to. Some do, some don't. Try it both ways and see what you like best.

  5. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    my preference is to not foil them until they reach my desired internal temperature (195 degrees or so), then foil them and wrap them in towels to rest in a cooler at least a half-hour, although they can be held there for several hours.

    many reasons for this, including texture, moisture and flavor (in my opinion) but the main reason, to me, is because when you're cooking in foil you're either steaming or boiling - nothing wrong with that, but it's not what i want to do.

    many opinions here, and mileage varies - this is what i have found to work for me.
  6. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well I have never foiled mine before the finish temp before but I figured I would try it. I foiled mine at 165.
  7. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Oh yes. Like E said. I take my out of the foil and let the outside crisp up some. Thats just my preference.
  8. randya

    randya Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I do the same as TasunkaWitko, I foil at 190 and place in a coller when it hits 205 F. I like the out come. Make sure you show us the Qview please We really enjoy looking a them.
  9. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  10. Well I foiled my 2 (only have done 2) on Christmas day.Got the 2 butts to 170 foiled them until 205 then in the towels and a small cooler and man was I the hero that day.Everyone just hovers around to see & taste what comes out of the garbage can (UDS)Did a brisket too ,yumm! The butts and brisket were both first for me but not the last .I did foil the brisket also. [​IMG]
  11. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    How much snow did you end up with Bill? We had plenty up here in Fargo. Beautiful day today though.
  12. We got around 18" and the wind was strong but I have cooked year round on a grill as long as I can remember.I started the drum on Christmas eve @ 11:30 pm and put the pork on at 12:30 am finished 11:30 am in the cooler for 4 hrs and they were still very hot when pulled.I was surprised that allot of the fat was gone and just some fantastic pork was left. I made Thunderdomes BBQ sauce man was that good just the way I like BBQ sauce if I use any (Very good here is the link for that
  13. scpatterson

    scpatterson Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I had never foiled mine before and had never foiled ribs. I foiled my first ribs a few months back (Actually over the summer) and will never cook ribs again without foiling. My next butts I do will get foiled and I hope I get the same type results as with my ribs. I think they are juicier and more tender but my last were too tender....

    What i did on teh ribs and what I will do on the butts is this...I hate to stop and wrap everything in foil so I use a roasting pan that is dedicated to the smoker. I layer the ribs init and use 1 layer of foil over teh top. Works like a charm and not as much foil to use. I would think that the raoster woudl also work for teh butts...We will see soon enough I guess...
  14. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    nope, no "texas crutch" for me, i dont foil butts, or ribs while they are on the smoker(tried foiling ribs a couple times, didnt like the texture). Butts get foliled when they hit 195-200, and get tossed in a cooler for a few hours.

    whatever method folks choose is all good as long as they like it imho.
  15. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes I foil mine at around 165-170 and then add some spirtzing liquid and then take it to 200-205 and thur the resting period also.
  16. wmarkw

    wmarkw Smoking Fanatic

    I've always foiled my butts at 165 deg but now I'm going to do my next one w/o foil. I don't foil my ribs and they are so much better than the foiled, texture and tast wise.

    For those that don't foil their butts, do you still hit the butt w/ smoke when you are past 165 deg or so?
  17. twistertail

    twistertail Smoking Fanatic

    I had always foiled mine at 150 or so, but the last one I did I did not foil and it was the best butt I've done so far. I thought the texture was much better, a little tougher but I liked that and a little dryer but not too dry. I did not let it rest either, I took it out at 195 and it sat on the cutting board until it was cool enough that I could use my hands to pull it. I'm going to try it this same way next time since this was by far the best pulled pork I've done. I'm not sure if the method made it so much better or maybe just a better piece of pork than what I've had before but i'll do it the same way next time and see what its like. The last one I foiled just seemed too mushy, I took it out at 205 and it rested about 2 hours before I pulled it so I'm sure that was part of it, but over all I liked the texture much better with out the foil and taking it out at 195.
  18. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I keep the smoke going for the whole time.
  19. olewarthog

    olewarthog Meat Mopper

    My decision to foil or not often depends on the butt. If I get one that stubbonly hangs at the plateau, I will foil it. If I need to speed things up to get one done, I will foil. Obviously those two often go hand in hand, but not always. Sometimes, I just need to cook the butts quicker. When time is a factor, I had much rather have the extra time for the butts to rest foiled in a cooler than sitting naked in the smoker. IMHO, the real magic & secret to a moist, tender, flavorful butts happens during the resting stage. I try to allow at least 1 hour for resting but more is much, much better.
  20. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well I decided to try and foil my three butts at 165 and let them go until they were 200. I don't know if I will do that again. It seems that the meat was greesy or fatty way more than I am use to. I don't know if it was just the butts I had or if it was because of foiling them for so long and the fat juices weren't able to drip out into my pan. There seemed to be way more fat/slimy meat than I ever remember. I think I will foil them at 195 next time like I have done in the past. Any thoughts?

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