First Pork Butt...Trying to Remain Humble

Discussion in 'Pork' started by gadsden 1, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. gadsden 1

    gadsden 1 Fire Starter

    Ok, so I have several people on this forum to thank, Chef JJ, Bearcarver, SoFlaQuer, among others.....I told you I'd provide Qviews of my first pulled pork butt!  Fourth smoke, but first PP.


    First, I set up and used my new meat thermometer the Maverick ET-73, love it!  Saved my smoke at least twice!


    Then I made up my rub/finishing sauce mix...made some changes, but basically comes from SoFlaQuer, mixed with some others and my own input.  See rubbed butt here:

    Got up at 3 am (yeah, that's how much I like smoked pulled pork!) and put it on the Barbie!  Check it:

    Babied it for about 4 hours, tried to take naps in between.  At about 8 I got up and inserted the probe in the butt.  [​IMG]   As you can see, the bark is already going nice and heavy, a small amount of delishus juice trickled from the butt upon probing.

    ...waiting ensued...did I mention I love my new dual probe meat thermometer?!

    So some 12 hours later, I made some finishing sauce (left out the apple cider that stuff stinks!  Used apple juice instead)

    Then my coals started to die (thanks to my new thermometer I saw this happening for the SECOND TIME!)....So I swept it away into my oven for the 3/4 hour @ 300. 

    Here are some pics of the finished butt....I believe I'm developing quite the addiction to some major bark, check this deep dark bark situation!

    And the bone falling out...

    AND BELOW YOU WILL FIND THE GRAND CANYON OF THE BARK  [​IMG]   It was deep, juicy and delicious!

    Another angle of the bone falling out.

    And voila (sp?).  Here is the final product.  Pulled off a chunk and pulled it for dinner, then wrapped the larger section in foil, then towels, and into a cooler for 2 hours.  Then pulled it with 2 forks, took about 1/2 hour...probably because I kept stopping to eat it!

    Look at that, I mean look at that.  I said I was TRYING to remain humble, but with results like this, I'm trying not to run around the house declaring, "I'm a meat smoking god!" at the top of my lungs.  Oh great, now I need to go to confession...

    And a little closer.

    Then I remember BearCarver (I think it was him, if not sorry, credit to where credit is deserved!) saying that he kept the drippings.  So I followed this lead and put it in the fridge overnight. The next day, the fat was separated just like he said, and I skimmed it off, and used this juice to sauce the pulled pork heaven.  Wish there was more......this stuff is liquid gold I tells ya!!!!!!

    And of course the plated version:  I ended up eating the CWB separately as it detracted from the super delish smoked pig flesh.

    Thanks to all on this forum for making this heavenly meal possible.  So much fun, can't wait for the next one!


  2. Trees would be jealous of that BARK!
  3. That's some serious bark! GOT to be good!!
  4. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well done! It's nice to see someone take the experience of others in combination and come up with a plan for a great smoke...sounds like you did just that, and how it eats for you is what counts the most. With your first butt under your belt (in more ways than one), the rest to follow will be even easier, and you make small adjustments to accommodate your personal preferences.

    Enjoy your addiction!!!

  5. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    congrats, I'm thinking that you just might be getting close to being HOOKED on smoking? good looking grub.
  6. tatuajevi

    tatuajevi Fire Starter

    My black lab would be jealous of that bark, too!!
  7. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

      Awesome Gadsden. Glad it turned out great for you.  That was a great looking butt ! Sooooo what's next on the to-do list?

  8. That's fracking hilarious. True but funny as the day is long.

    Great job on the smoke!
  9. marshman71

    marshman71 Smoke Blower

    Excellent Smoke .... Looks like your a seasoned pro.  and got to be one of the best Q View's Ive seen yet

    Awesome Job Friend....  that slaw looks mighty good too....  tell me that's homemade.
  10. gadsden 1

    gadsden 1 Fire Starter

    Thanks man.  I believe I'm going to do a pork loin next......wish me luck!
  11. gadsden 1

    gadsden 1 Fire Starter

    Hahahahahhaah....absolutely.  Thanks for the comments guys, I gotta admit my confidence is soaring.......what's next some humility???  Oh please no food sickness!  I'll be good I promise!
  12. gadsden 1

    gadsden 1 Fire Starter

    MarshMan:  I wish it was homemade slaw....that might be next.  I'd love to come up with a good baked bean recipe, then go after slaw.  For now, the PP was the only homemade stuff on that plate!

    I'm new to cooking really, so I'm just happy my PP turned out edible!  (trying some humility!)
  13. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hopefully you do them more now. That looks great!
  14. That looks like Pulled Pork Heaven! You did an outstanding job on that one.
  15. looks darn scratch that..looks amazing! lol. thanks for sharing! :)
  16. gadsden 1

    gadsden 1 Fire Starter

    Thanks again for kind remarks, I'm sure I can make it better, but will only know with more experience.  It was delicious though, my whole family liked this one.

    Thanks to all who guided me!
  17. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    We can give you hints, suggestions, and Step by Steps, but you're the guy who made that Awesome Pulled Pork !!!! That looks fantastic!!

    Keep it up----There's lots more to come!!!

  18. pcallison

    pcallison Fire Starter


    Excellent job on the butt.

    You should use the searchbar & look up Dutchs Wicked Baked Beans, they're awesome.

    Thanks for sharing your smoking sucess.

    See ya, Phillip (BTW, Bearcarver & many others on here are very good teachers.
  19. gadsden 1

    gadsden 1 Fire Starter

    I agree there are many great teachers and helpful people on this site!  Thanks again!
  20. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well played sir!

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