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Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by punkrat, May 8, 2008.

  1. punkrat

    punkrat Newbie

    Hey, I'm from Evansville IN but I do all my smoking in Griffin IN. My father has been grilling for years and got started smoking pork butts and a few chickens every once in a while. My Father has a Great Outdoors deluxe gas grill about 3 months ago. We have a lot of good pictures of each time we've smoked. My father is pretty good at every thing he does. Is he a "Pit master" ? but he will be. I'm new at this. I'll be buying my smoker very soon. I hope to become very accomplished. Any help will be great.
    We have been smoking 4-6 butts at a time for 8-9 hrs. at about 275 degrees.
    The little bit that I have read lately says this is too hot and not long enough. What's your opinion?
    Thanks, jeff
  2. k5yac

    k5yac Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Hey Jeff... welcome to SMF!

    Pork shoulders are very forgiving... but you'll have to refine your skills a bit for other cuts. Plenty of good info here, so don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
  3. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Doesn't matter how long, what is the finishing internal temp!???

    If the therm on the door say 275, it may be 225 at the grate where the food is. Those type of gas smokers are known for big differences in tem from door mount therms to actual temp at the grate.

    Most important part is..............If you and Dad like how the butts are turning out, I wouldn't change a thing.[​IMG]
  4. I try to keep the smoker temp under 250, and bring the meat up to 200 to shred, no matter how long it takes. Usually around 225 degrees, it's ready to shread in about 8-10 hours. Or sometimes I smoke for about 4 hours around 200, then finish in the oven on 250.
  5. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome aboard..................Sounds like your fallowing your fathers footsteps.........Glad you found us here...........Great info and people here..........
  6. seboke

    seboke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Keep on reading the posts in here. Search for subjects that you want to try. You'll be answering questions in no time! Glad you joined us!
  7. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey Punkrat,

    Its been proven time and time again that low and slow is the answer. That's a batch of butt u smoking. Great smokes ahead.

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