Originally Posted by HB99
My smoking times for butts (between 7-8#) has been under 1 hour per pound at 250 with a final 200F IT.
I smoked one today in 6 hours (7.72# boneless). The one prior was done in 28 minutes per pound, but it was only a 4#er.
Originally Posted by Chef JimmyJ
What kind of Thermometer are you using to measure chamber temp? You may be running hotter than you think.This can also happen in tightly sealed smokers that retain a lot of moisture but these times are very unusual for steady 250° smokes...JJ
I agree with Chef JimmyJ, if you're getting done in less than an hour per pound then you are cooking at a temp much higher than 250°.
I routinely cook butts hot and fast, 300° gets me to about 50 minutes per pound. 250° is more likely to give you a cook time ratio of 1.5 hours per pound. My last butt was a 9+ pounder that got cooked at 325° and was done in 6 hours.
I know that this is an old thread(if you consider 2 years to be old, compared to some of the truly ancient threads that get resurrected here at SMF), perhaps you can start over with your poll to include a hot and fast option because I know that more than a few of us no longer cook big cuts like butts low and slow.JM2C.