Prep and cook question

Discussion in 'Pork' started by patg, Jun 2, 2016.

  1. patg

    patg Meat Mopper

    So this past weekend I was tapped to do a pp smoke for a graduation party. So my better half grabbed me 20 lbs of butt. It was a smoke from hell, but here are my questions to figure out what besides what I already knew went wrong. 1) I normally do shoulders, do butts require a different prep? 2) I cooked it with the fat cap up. Would I have been better off with it down? 3) if it passes the probe test before 200 would that cause a more shredded product than pulled ie. Stringy vs fall apart smaller pieces?
    I have done a fair share of pp and have almost always had awesome results. However, this time I was displeased with my finished product. People still loved it, but when you know it's not your best it's a jab to your confidence and pride. Some issues I had were that temp regulation on my masterbuilt 40" gasser was almost impossible due to higher winds. Struggled to reach 140 in 4 hrs. Then it cooked at a higher temp and hit 190 really quick so I backed off heat and it dropped and stalled at 180 for a long time then pulled through and passed probe test. I know those hurt the smoke pretty bad, but I am wondering if I needed to do something else based on my questions.
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

  3. patg

    patg Meat Mopper

    JJ thanks. I was really hoping you'd chime in especially with the cooking question. I eventually found a piece of plywood to deflect the win, but by that time my patience was shot lol. Every smoke is different and we are our own worst critic so as long as everyone else liked it that's all that matters.
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    That's it...I been cooking a long time and very little ever taste PERFECT to me. My Wife goes bananas because even though her and the kids love something I make, I want to tweak it...[​IMG][​IMG]...JJ
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hi PatG,

    JJ got you covered & his answers are Right On !!![​IMG]

  6. lovethemeats

    lovethemeats Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Thats why we are our own worst critics. We find fault in everything we cook. I can relate to what Chef J thinks on that one. As I'm sure alot of other people can to.
  7. patg

    patg Meat Mopper

    Thanks guys much appreciated. After the smoke issues I had I would almost suggest a support group be started to help us through it 😅
  8. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    That's what SMF is! We are here to support each other when a cook goes to heck in a hand basket and guests are on the way...JJ
  9. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    I came up with a portable windbreak for my gasser, Pat. I was mainly concerned about blowouts. 2 pieces of 2x2 plywood, 2 hinges and a handle. 2 of them can be configured as needed then folded up and stored. You could go taller I suppose.
  10. patg

    patg Meat Mopper

    That's brilliant. I think I've got a new project

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