Pork Butt in MES Analog Question

Discussion in 'Pork' started by nepasmoker, May 23, 2013.

  1. nepasmoker

    nepasmoker Newbie

    Hello all:

    I'm new to smoking and new to the forums.  I have read many of the threads and found them enjoyable and informative.  I'll be doing my first smoke this weekend and have a question.  I purchased a 9lb pork butt (ask for the smallest they had).  Anyway, I am hoping to have the pulled pork ready for 6-7pm on saturday night.

    By my calculations, this pork butt should take 13.5-18 hours to smoke.  So my question is, should I put it on a 5am, or should I put on around midnight-1am?  I am worried about putting it on at midnight and falling asleep.  And, if I put it on a midnight, should I just fill the chip tray and hope it lasts until the morning?

    Lastly, I  bought spicy brown mustard instead of yellow mustard (by mistake) to coat the butt before apply the rub.  Should I get regular yellow or will the spicy brown work?

    Thank you for any input.
  2. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Good Morning!  Noticed that this post is your 1st here on SMF.  Would you mind popping in over at Roll Call so we can give you a proper SMF Welcome?  http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/f/133/roll-call

    I usually do an average of about 2 hours a pound time wise...and don't use mustard at all.  BUT....each piece of meat has a mind of it's own.  The IT (internal temperature) is more important than the time it takes.  Some folks smoke until the IT gets to 165* and then foil the butt and put it back in the smoker and cook until the IT is about 200*.  Some folks foil and others dont.  It just depends one if you want a nice bark or not.  Foiling can help you push thru a stall...where the butt sits at a certain temp for a long time.

    Not familiar with your smoker...but some others will come along and give their 2 cents in a bit.  Show the Q-Views (pictures)!

  3. nepasmoker

    nepasmoker Newbie

    Thank you.  I'll post an update on how it turns out.
  4. jerseydrew

    jerseydrew Smoking Fanatic

    what temp will you be cooking at?

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