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post #21 of 33
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Originally Posted by bob1961 View Post

you guys that don't wrap, how long does the stall last when it hits ??....I know the stall happened to me at bout 155/160 before I found foiling before 150 keeps the meat going up in temp until 205....I did three 11lb shoulders for slices and pulled foiling at 145 tops, until it hit 205 then towels and cooler for bout a 1.5....all three shoulders were done under 6 hours, I even foiled my first brisket a45 and did not stall at all as well, came out great....

Great...3 11 pounders in 6 hours!

I smoked a butt on Friday. On Thursday night I injected a 7.72# butt with Chris Lilly's 6 Time World Champion Pork Butt Injection and it turned out just great.

I injected it and applied dry rub then wrapped in plastic wrap over night in the fridge. I sprinkled more rub on it before assembling the WSM in the morning.

I spritz the meat every 30 - 60 mins. with a 50/50 mix of apple juice and apple cider vinegar. When I foil I drizzle honey over the meat then apply a coat of rub over the top as well as a 1/2 cup of the 50/50 mix before sealing.

IMO, the juice in the foil was slightly salty. I bring the juice back up to a boil and add 1 TBS of rub into it. Then I lightly sprinkle rub all over the meat before pouring the juice onto the meat and mix it up well. Any sweet BBQ sauce added to the meat counters the saltiness immediately. I prefer no BBQ sauce.

Here's the kicker...I smoked a 7.72# butt in only 6 hours. At 4 hours it hit 160F. I foiled it for another 2 hours until it hit 199-205F at 4 places. Then I double towled it (no cooler) for 1 hour. It came apart really easy, was easy to clean and there were no mushy pieces. Everyone who's had it so far says it tastes great.
post #22 of 33
So glad i found this thread.. I am actually smoking a 7.5 lb butt right now that was smoking at 250ish for about 4.5 hrs and hit 140. Put it in a pan with a half cup apple juice and sealed it up tight with foil and let it roast at 260ish for 3 hours and just checked it. The pork is falling off the bone and IT is just over 190. Pulled it out of the pan and put it back on the rack at 275 with a bunch of apple chips for one last smoky push to let it get to 200 or 205 and see if i can get a little bit of bark back before i pull it off and let it cool for a half hour or so before i pull it. Meanwhile i have about 3 cups of juice with just a little bit of fat to skim off to add back in when i pull the pork apart. grilling_smilie.gif

All in, it will be just about 8.5 hours for the bone in butt.

Thanks to all for all the great tips!
post #23 of 33
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Originally Posted by bob1961 View Post

you guys that don't wrap, how long does the stall last when it hits ??....I know the stall happened to me at bout 155/160 before I found foiling before 150 keeps the meat going up in temp until 205....I did three 11lb shoulders for slices and pulled foiling at 145 tops, until it hit 205 then towels and cooler for bout a 1.5....all three shoulders were done under 6 hours, I even foiled my first brisket a45 and did not stall at all as well, came out great....

 

I'll add my 2C to this 2 year old thread just because....

I don't wrap and my butts don't stall because I cook at 300° and higher. Great bark, a more predictable cook and no lack of sleep tending a fire overnight.

post #24 of 33
The topic on foiling is a good one. I normally do a North Carolina serving sauce to go with the meat, so foiling has been a now brainer. The meat turns out amazing with a ton of flavor and is never dry. However, today I am trying more of a Texas style and have not wrapped it. I started the meat at 7:00 AM this morning @225. As advised in this great forum, I did not probe it until a couple hours in. I was surprised that after 6 hours of cook it is still only at 140 IT. The bark looks good, and I am trying to be patient. However, I am worried about getting this bad boy done before 7:00 PM. My question for those that do wrap is; at what internal temperature do you find it best to wrap? I have heard 160 to 170. Does it really matter?
post #25 of 33
Hey y'all. First time poster here. Currently smoking a 6# pork butt on my MES 30 (using A-Maze-N pellet tray for the first time) and it works great. 5 hrs of smoke and didn't have to mess with chips or re- loading at all. Happy with that part. However, being a novice I started late morning at 225 and it is taking forever (people wanting to eat). Once I hit 160 I moved it to the oven, wrapped in foil at 350 and am hoping it will still come out allright.
Any experience with this scenario? Advice for next time...besides starting at a higher temp from the beginning?

Thanks. This is a great forum!!
post #26 of 33
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Originally Posted by SmokinAl View Post

What jrod said, I don't think it adds to the time either, but as he said remember if you do inject or probe the meat in any way it must get from 41-135 degrees internal meat temp in 4 hours or less. That's why a lot of us don't inject large pieces of meat. And also we don't put a temp probe in until the meat has been cooking a couple of hours. If you inject it you might as well put the temp probe in when you put it in the smoker. Also take the meat directly from the fridge to the smoker. Don't let it warm up to room temp. then put it on.

Why not get it up to room temp? I have seen various posts that say you should get it closer to RT? Any clarification would be appreciated.
post #27 of 33
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Originally Posted by stone1221 View Post


Why not get it up to room temp? I have seen various posts that say you should get it closer to RT? Any clarification would be appreciated.

 

There is absolutely no advantage to bringing the meat up to room temp before putting it in the smoker.

 

If you injected it it must get thru the danger zone (40-140 degrees) in 4 hours. That's not going to happen if it sits on the counter to warm up.

 

It will warm up just fine in a 225 degree smoker. Now if your talking about a steak getting ready to go on a hot grill, that's a different story.

 

In that case it will cook more evenly if brought to room temp before grilling.

 

Also would you swing by "Roll Call" and introduce yourself, so we can all welcome you to SMF!

 

Al

post #28 of 33
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Originally Posted by stone1221 View Post

Hey y'all. First time poster here. Currently smoking a 6# pork butt on my MES 30 (using A-Maze-N pellet tray for the first time) and it works great. 5 hrs of smoke and didn't have to mess with chips or re- loading at all. Happy with that part. However, being a novice I started late morning at 225 and it is taking forever (people wanting to eat). Once I hit 160 I moved it to the oven, wrapped in foil at 350 and am hoping it will still come out allright.
Any experience with this scenario? Advice for next time...besides starting at a higher temp from the beginning?

Thanks. This is a great forum!!

 

A 6# butt smoked at 225 will take about 12 hours to reach 205, which is where you want to take it too for pulling.

 

Next time just start earlier.

 

Al

post #29 of 33
If I'm smoking for myself I usually pan and cover with foil. "Usually 170"



If I'm cooking a large amount I don't wrap and cook them through @ 300.
post #30 of 33

I have always foiled in the past with fine results. The last one I did I left it with no foil and I have to say it took a full 2 hours per pound.It was well worth it. I will never foil again as it was the best thing that has come out of my smoker yet.It was definitely drier but the flavor and texture were amazing.Also, I highly recommend a finishing sauce. It seems to enhance the flavor tremendously and help with part of the dryness.

post #31 of 33
I am smoking 2 8#ers on Sunday... I traditionally smoke them at 230 to 240 (Weber smoky mtn) until they hit 160, then pan/foil them with a mixture of apple juice and Captain Morgan spiced rum) for 1 to 2 hours before putting them back on the smoker for the final cook to 195 at a higher smoker temp at which point I take it off, wrap it tight in foil, wrap that in a towel, an drop that in a cooler for a half hour or so before taking it out to pull it apart.

After pulling, I then use the leftover juice from the pan roasting I did to put the moisture back in.

Note, I also use that same liquid mixture and spray it every hour or so while smoking to keep the bark moist.

This weekend, I am doing 2 different ones though in honor of New England vs Atlanta... The New England one will have a sweet brown sugar/maple flavored rub and my spray mix will be apple juice and maple flavored crown royal.. The Atlanta one will be a bit of a spicier rub and the spray mix will be apple juice and Captain Morgan's spiced rum.

Will see which goes over better!
post #32 of 33
Well crap. Here I was, all set to do my shoulders as I have in the past, all wrapped up, and I stumble on this thread. I'm doing a pair of 5.5 lb shoulders for a long weekend in the islands for about 12 people, and thought it would just be plug away... But now I'm thinking about going commando the whole time.

The plan is to start the chimney in the morning before work to let them go minion method at 225 and then let them go through the day. My GF will still be here and I'll be tracking the temp from my phone (thanks technology!) so I'll be watching it as well, but my WSM us solid, so I'm not too concerned about keeping temp.

I'll have to let you all know my thoughts on going unwrapped!
post #33 of 33
I was always a wrap at 165-170 guy but last few runs I have gone no wrap and the bark is just awesome!!!

Same goes for fat cap. I was always a fat cap on guy but last few without the fat cap for more bark have just came out great!!!
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