About a year ago, I bought a used Pitts and Spitts horizontal offset smoker.
I learned how to use it by using this forum (Thanks!)
Question: I have mostly been smoking pairs of pork butt. Following Jeff's directions, I smoke it at 225F. ( and I have used an extra thermometer placed inside the smoker to verify that the one attached to the smoker gives a valid reading).
I have finally learned how to keep the temperature fairly even and have gotten comfortable with producing TBS. According to Jeff's directions, pork butt should take about 10-12 hours to cook at 225F.
I CONSISTENTLY have my butts reaching about 200F after only about three hours!!! (I am smoking right now. After 2.5 hours in the 225F smoker I am already at about 180F. (It is sunny and warm today: in the 70s)
Is this a bad thing (would I get more flavor if it indeed took longer to cook)?
Why is this happening? I living in San Diego where the air is relatively warm and dry year round. Could the ambient weather effect the cooking time? Or, is my fast cooking time due to operator error?
Also, I notice that my finished butts are as tender as I know they can be. Is this because mine cook so fast?
What say you?