How come this isn't a very common approach? I would think that it would greatly decrease the time of cook, but I haven't read anything on here about people taking this approach. Is there a down side to it?
cutting a butt in half to smoke
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you can also go to the extreme of cutting into cubes...carnitas recipe I have says 2" cubes...that recipe calls for smoking the cubes for 1 hr, roasting in a covered pan with some liquid for 2 hrs at 350 and then an 1hr with the lid off. Works great, mash the meat up with forks or tongs for great carnitas or BBQ sandwiches.
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It will cut the time, but no where near half. 1/2 hour, hour. Guess it depends on the butt.
Chris Lilly of Bob Gibson fame says an hour a # at 225-250 but I always add an hour and then take off the smoker, wrap in foil and wait an hour. Last picnic I cooked would not come up to temperature and I had to put in the kitchen oven but when I pulled it, it had the biggest front shoulder bone in it I have ever seen. Not sure if that was the reason or not. Sticking to butts from now on or if picnics are cheaper, will cube it.