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I have smoked about 5 Boston butts so far.  They have all been about 7-8 lbs.  I am using a charcoal vertical smoker.  I have had a very hard time keeping the outside from drying out.   Is this normal.  I have not been wrapping the shoulder in foil and I want to avoid this because I like the bark.  I have tried to keep the smoker between 200-250 degrees.  What am I doing wrong?  Any help would be great.  Thanks.

post #2 of 7

hang in there brother...the real smoking guru's will be along shortly with the info you need......icon_idea.gif

post #3 of 7

Well I had the best luck with a wwater pan filled with 1/2 & 1/2 water and apple juice.  Also spraying butt with jusice has kept both a nice bark (not quite as hard) and a moistness.  There are far better geniuses out here that will chime in and lead you down the path opf perfection.



post #4 of 7

Lots of ways for you to go, but I would rather wait for the upright users to give you their thoughts.


Good luck and good smoking.

post #5 of 7

If your comfortable you can get it from 41 internal to 135 internal in less than 4 hours you may consider injecting the butt with a mix of you rub and some apple juice

post #6 of 7

If you inject it, after you get it through the danger zone you may want to cut the temp back to 210.


If you don't inject it, then try cooking at a lower temp (200-210) the whole time.


Even without foiling this seems to help keep it moist.

post #7 of 7

 I am with AlaskaBear on this one..Just dont over spritz it and soften your bark to much

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