Would you foil a boston butt?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by finsfree, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. finsfree

    finsfree Smoke Blower

    I'm smoking a Boston Butt right now and can not remember if you foil these things?

    My internal temp is 170 right now. This would be the time to foil if that's what people do. I didn't inject this thing with any thing.

    Hurry, let me know!
  2. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Some foil some do not, I am in the do not foil as I love the bark.
  3. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

  4. finsfree

    finsfree Smoke Blower

    Thanks guys.

    For some reason this Butt is cooking pretty fast today.

    After 5hrs IT 170 degrees. I was expecting a 12hr smoke. Grate temp 250-275. About a 9lb Boston Butt.

    Looks like this Butt will be done sooner than expected.
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2013
  5. Depends on what you need to do. If you are stretching it 5+ hours, I would drop the temp to 225 and let it get to 190-195, then foil, wrap in a towel and put in a cooler till I was ready to pull it.

    I've had buts in the 8-9 lb range take 6 hrs at 250, so that is not surprising
  6. ats32

    ats32 Smoking Fanatic

    I don't foil and I don't do the cooler rest either. I'll let it rest 30min-1hr on the counter top just lightly tented with foil because I want that bark to stay intact.
  7. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group


    Don't want to lose that great bark I worked so hard to get!
  8. finsfree

    finsfree Smoke Blower

    That Boston Butt came out perfect!

    I love this Oaklahoma Joe's Longhorn offset smoker. ;-)

    I add pictures later.
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  9. dburne

    dburne Meat Mopper

    Big congrats!

    I too have an OKJ Longhorn offset - so far I have smoked three runs of spare ribs. I am wanting to do a Butt next, for pulled pork.

    Did you do any modifications? I am going to try raising my fire grate a little , with bolts and nuts. It is hard for me to keep temp for a full 6 hour period when doing ribs, that last hour is tough mainly because of ash buildup choking the fire. Guess I should get a metal bucket as well, so I can scrape hot ashes out into it as the hours tick by...
  10. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I would only foil in a dire emergency...which hasn't happened yet!

    Glad your butt turned out well.

    Still don't see any pictures!


  11. mrh

    mrh Meat Mopper

    I have foiled before in one of those foil pans.  Hit it with some apple juice just before foiling the top.  You are right it kills the bark, but the juices you get are to die for!  I like to add them back after skimming off the fat to the pulled pork.

  12. smokenado

    smokenado Smoke Blower

    Just did 9 pound butt first time without foil and there was a wonderful bark and the meat was juicy doubt I'll wrap ever again.
  13. finsfree

    finsfree Smoke Blower

    The only mods I did was a charcoal basket (Big Help) & extended the exhaust to grate level.

    I can get 6-7hrs of burn time with that basket. That basket works so well that the next issue you might run into is not letting the temp get too high.

    The Oklahoma Joe has great air flow, but be careful with high heat. It could burn you meat. Even with the intake vent shut it will hold a 275 at grate level for around 5hrs.

    I use Oak wood with all my meat. Turns out
    great (pork, beef, chicken, lamb).

    My buddy has the Bradley and now he wants an Oaklahoma Joe...hahaha! He saids he doesn't get that grill taste with Bradley. Basically, it's an oven that adds smoke. F### that!

    My 2 cents.
  14. finsfree

    finsfree Smoke Blower

    Yes, I know what you mean. I didn't foil mine either and the bark was awesome!

    I guess that's the down side to foiling...ruins the bark.
  15. dburne

    dburne Meat Mopper

    Thanks for that, very helpful. I have had a charcoal basked on order with Horizon, since June. I called last week, and the info I was given was it should ship early this week. No shipping info yet, so I kind of doubt it. I do wish I would get it sooner rather than later. I would love to be able to hold heat for 5 hours or so, that would be awesome.


  16. I don't wrap because I want the bark. I don't use water in the pan for the same reason.
  17. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sorry I'm a little late for the party. I foil and I love bark
  18. finsfree

    finsfree Smoke Blower

    Just make one like I did. Cost me $20 to make...no welding either. Buy some 3/4 expanded metal and bend it yourself. Use some wire ties to hold it together
  19. dburne

    dburne Meat Mopper

    Thanks for that, I was almost at that point - I called Horizon again today, and was told they were going to ship today via Fed Ex to arrive to me on Friday, in time for my smoke this weekend. Keeping my fingers crossed.
  20. finsfree

    finsfree Smoke Blower

    I was looking at those baskets for an Oklahoma joe from Horizon. The dimension were a little different from mine. I think Horizon was like 12"x13"x10". Mine is 18"x18"x7".

    Let me know how thoses dimensions work out for you because the only issue I'm having is holding the ideal 225 degrees where mine even with the intake shut it's at 275 degree.

    Not a huge deal but just woundering if I should make a different size basket.

    Thanks man,

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