Last butt I smoked barely made it through the danger zone. I'm thinking about doing two or three for my daughter's birthday party but am worried about not making it out in time and wasting 4 hours. For that last butt (6.5 lb) I let it get to room temp for about 30 minutes to an hour (can't remember, notes are on other phone). I put it on the smoker set to 275 (trying a higher temp as I read here it went fast and was still good) and inserted the probe. IT was just a couple degrees above 40. 3:50 later it hit IT 140. My concern is that input 3 butts on and they never get to 140 within 4 hours. Any tips?