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?
My 2nd Pork Butt
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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.
This 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!!