How can I monitor temp of foiled pork butt?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by beaker05, Aug 30, 2015.

  1. beaker05

    beaker05 Newbie

    I'm in the process of smoking a pork butt, based on some of the threads here I'm going to try to foil the meat around 165 degrees.

    So here is my dumb question... How do I monitor the internal temp with the foil on? Can I insert the probe through the foil? Don't I need to keep a good seal on the foil?

  2. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Hey beaker.  I just insert my probe right through the foil.  You'll lose a little steam, but not much.

  3. sawinredneck

    sawinredneck Meat Mopper

    Normally I stick the probe the in, then foil around it, as the probe is already in.
    Honestly, it's six of one, half a dozen of the other! You will never seal it off perfectly.
  4. smokin phil

    smokin phil Smoking Fanatic

    As I tend to pan my butts, I just wrap around the cord. Works, seems to seal as well as anything. (Not perfect.)
  5. vwaldoguy

    vwaldoguy Smoke Blower

    The probe will already be in the meat, and I just wrap the foil around the probe wire. Works for me.
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    For me, to much of a PITA to try and foil around the probe, or even remove the meat with the probe in. The short lead pulls the therm of the cart. I wrap and give 'er a fresh pokin'...JJ
  7. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit


    Just make sure you don't insert the probe too low or all of your drippings will leak out (trust me it is not fun). 
  8. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I don't foil so it's never an issue!

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