quick question about my butt

Discussion in 'Pork' started by slufa111, May 6, 2012.

  1. slufa111

    slufa111 Fire Starter

    first time smoking pork butt yesterday in my new MES PRO 30. BUTT was 5 1/2 lbs which should put it at 10 hrs roughly. I checked it at 6 1/2 to 7hrs and the temp was 200.....why did it cook so fast? It was 225-250 the entire time.

    Thing about my MES is I dont know if the temp gauge is off or the Taylor gauge is... the smokers temp reads 130 and the digital temp reads 260....thats a big difference. Anyone got input?
  2. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Once you probed the butt, did you get the same readings in multiple places, or did it vary?  And, have you tested all therms for accuracy?  (high - immerse in boiling water, should be at 212° or so based on altitude; low - immerse in a glass of ice water, should be around 32°, same).
  3. newflame

    newflame Meat Mopper

    What pops said.

    It's a necessity in my opinion, to have a thermometer that you trust.  Take a digital thermometer and test it like pops said to do, once you know that this thermometer is accurate, it's the bible, that is, it's correct to the point that you will believe it over the digital read out.  I always have a thermometer stuck through a potato at grate level (the level the meat is cooking on) so that I know what's going on in there, doesn't have to be fancy either, I bought an 8 dollar thermo from target, tested it, made sure it was good to go, stuck the probe through a raw potato, and then ran it down through the top vent of my MES 30 and set it on the grate next to the meat.  Then you know exactly what the temp is and you don't have to worry.

    Another thing to consider is that all cuts take a different amount of time, just because something should take 10 hours to cook, doesn't mean it will take 10 hours to cook...which is why it's so important to cook to temp instead of time.

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