Guys, I know I ask a lot of questions and here are a few more:
1 - My first question is, what time should I start the butt?
I have a party Saturday night, starting at 5:00 P.M., earlier today I picked up a 7lb boston butt.Assuming I went with the 1.5 hours for every pound, that equates to 10.5 hours to smoke. The one thing that I question is the wrapping time. I've read that once the butt is ready (200 degrees), (prior to pulling it apart), I should wrap it in aluminum foil and let it sit in cooler. How long should I let it sit (before pulling it apart)?
Again, based upon these 2 situations, how much time should I give myself.
2 - I'm currently preseasoning my smoker. As I understand, the max temperature is 175 degrees. My smoker is currently reading 188 degrees. The temperature is flucuating from 168 - 188 degrees.
Is this normal for the temperature to change so heavily? And, it's not a windy night.