Now that I have my first couple months of smoking under my belt, I have been nominated to cater a camping trip for around 30 people. I will be smoking on a Master Forge Charcoal Smoker (similar to a Brinkman Gourmet).
My plan is to smoke three 9lb Boston Butts at once. The other day I tried doing a test fit to see how the meat would fit. Unfortunately, there is not as much room as I thought. I placed one butt on the bottom rack and tried to fit two on the top rack. To two on top were pretty squished together and I barely got the lid on. I am guessing having the two butts up against each other would have negative effects to the cooking. I have a couple of options.
Would it be okay for one or both of the top butts to be placed on their side and cooked vertically until they shrink enough to fit flat?
I might also cook one butt ahead of time and freeze it. Leaving only two butts to be cooked on site.
What is the most some of you other ECB smokers have cooked at once?