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My 2nd Pork Butt

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Hi, I have been smoking a boston pork butt for 24hours now.  It is around a 10lbs butt and I putt it in the smoker yesterday at 7:30am.  I put it in foil after about 5 hours when internal hit 140.  It has been smoking ever since.  I thought it would be done by now.  Last night at 9pm the internal was 190 ....so I didn't think it would take this long to get to 200.  I have woke up every hour to check the temp and it is at 197 right now at 7:20am.   The smoker has been at a constant 225.  I will be patient with this and not take it out until it hits 200. I do have pics so when its done I will post them!!  Has this happened to anyone else?

post #2 of 7

Hey tamster....IMVHO that seems like a long smoke to me for a 10# butt... but, there's a bunch of things that could be impacting it.  First, are you using reliable thermos to monitor temps?  Also, did you hit a stall during the middle of the night?  Butts are famous for a stall and sometimes the bigger the butt the longer the stall.  But... the stall should have happened at a lower temp than 197.


Have you been checking the IT in several spots on the butt?


Again, IMVHO, I usually pull my butts out of the smoker at an IT of 190* if I'm going to pull the pork and then wrap and toss in a cooler for an hour or so....you might want to pull that thing at 197* if you know it's reading that high in the entire hunk of pork.



post #3 of 7

Every piece of meat is different. It could be done at 197. Take a tooth pick or your temp probe & stick it in several places. If it goes in without any resistance it's done. 

post #4 of 7

You have the right plan, leave it in until it hits the desired temp.


Like AL said "Every piece of meat is different." Some take longer than others.

Looking forward to the Qview biggrin.gif

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Ok, well I was up all night with this butt.  I woke up every hour to check the temp.  It never got above 197.  It sat there for a couple hours.  Finally, I took it out after 25 hours!  It turned out awesome!!



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2012-01-04_06-37-53_214.jpg2012-01-04_06-38-37_98.jpg2012-01-03_19-27-44_749.jpg2012-01-04_07-17-18_387.jpg2012-01-05_12-18-10_860.jpgThis pork butt took 25 hours to get to 197. And it wouldn't get any higher. I was up every hour last night thinking it would hit 200 soon. It never did....and sat at 197 for a couple hours. It turned out awesome!!  I have never tried to put pics in a forum and it is not what i had planned but the meat turned out good!!

post #7 of 7

Rarely do I have a pork butt go over 2 hrs per, but it does happen. I have had butts stall twice as well. From your pic it don't look like its over cooked to me.Looks-Great.gif

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