Pulled Pork Round 2 (plus cook time/pellet consumption)

Discussion in 'Pork' started by kaz4121, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. kaz4121

    kaz4121 Newbie

    Smoked pulled pork for the second time (first attempt can be read here) for Memorial Day weekend. It was the second PP but my first time doing multiple butts. As I intend to do with all of my posts, I try to highlight my smoking process and share lessons learned. For me it's all about progress, so any feedback would be much appreciated. 


    2016 Traeger Texas Elite 34

    Prep time: 12 hours

    Smoke time:  16.9 hours

    Rest time:  6 hours

    Total time:  34.9 hours

    Outside temp:  64F

    Pit temp:  250F

    Target IT:  205F

    1. Prepped two 9 lb bone-in Boston butt overnight with generous layer of Carolina mustard sauce  followed by "house" rub.
    2. Placed pork in smoker at 250F at 6:30PM using Cookin Pellets Perfect Mix.
    3. Inserted meat probe at 11:30PM, showing 118F.
    4. At 2:45AM hit stall IT of 160F for ~2.4 hours.
    5. Removed from smoker at 1:00PM (IT creeped up to 209F on me).
    6. Wrapped butts in heavy duty aluminum foil, placed in cooler for ~6 hours.
    7. Around 6:30PM, pulled pork (which was still piping hot) and coated liberally with Lexington dip  sauce.
    8. Enjoyed with family (and beer) !

    Butts when first loaded into the pit

    Butts when I pulled them out of the pit

    Close up!

    Got an excellent bark and nice smoke ring

    Before adding the Lex dip

    Finished product, with some Memphis style sauce!

    Uploaded my iGrill2 data into excel to plot cook duration and see if I could "model" my cook with an equation, to help more accurately predict finishing times in the future. I used both linear and 6th degree polynomial trend lines.

    Lessons learned:
    • Used 2 hour / # estimate this time, and it came out pretty spot on. Technically it ended up being 1.88 hours / #.
    • Two butts didn't take any noticeably longer to cook than my first attempt, although I did end up cooking at 250F this round.
    • No spritz this time, but didn't notice much of a difference. Probably will continue to omit in the future since it is time consuming.
    • Used ~25 # of pellets over 16.9 hours, or 1.5 # / hr for two butts.
  2. one eyed jack

    one eyed jack Master of the Pit

    Great smoke ring.  [​IMG]

    Your sandwich picture is enough to make a guy hungry.

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