First attempt at some butterfly chops

Discussion in 'Pork' started by tlcase, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. tlcase

    tlcase Smoke Blower

    Well I got my MES30 seasoned this afternoon. Had an intersting experience during that process. After adding chips during the seasoning process, the wood chute blew out of the side like a missle landing a few feet away. Opened the door to chips on fire so I removed them and dropped the temp to get things back under control. I'm still having a bit of trouble keeping white smoke away...getting a bit coming out the chute vents and top vent when the element kicks on for an extended period of time but it settles down to some nice TBS. 

    It was late in the day but I just had to try and smoke something so I got out some chops and rubbed them with some grill mates pork rub. My go to rub is JB Fatboy Cowgirl Ride 'Em Rub but I'm fresh out and need to order more. I did a quick sear on my gas grill and into the MES they went at 200 degrees with apple juice in the pan and thick cut bacon on top. I threw a pan of beans in as well and added some apple chunks to the wood tray. Here's the crappy cell phone pic before closing the door. [​IMG]

    I planned to take them to an IT of 160 but after about an hour and a half I was at 150 and there was quite the lightening show going on and the radar looked like I was about to get poured on. I reluctantly pulled them to finish in the oven. I put them in a glass dish with a little apple juice and took them to 170 in the oven. Here they are fresh out....

  2. smokinal

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

    They look delicious!

    With the new USDA guidelines you could have eaten them at 150, when you took them out of the smoker.

    Pork is safe at 145 now. And IMHO juicier at the lower finish temps.
  3. tlcase

    tlcase Smoke Blower

    I actually made these for tonights supper but of course I had to tear into one and sample it. Nice smokey flavor and even a bit of pink ring. Not the best picture but you get the idea. [​IMG]
  4. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit


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