First off, I would like to say that this web forum is full of fantastic information for a rookie smoker like my self. Kudos to SMF for hosting such a great site!
Yesterday, I went to Sam's Club and bought what I thought was a 15lb Boston Butt. It was the smallest one they had and beings it was the first time I had ever bought a piece of meat that large, I just thought that was how big they were. Once I got it home I soon realized it was two butts packaged together...whoops! Rather than freeze one I decided Ill just smoke both of them..go big or go home!
Last night I covered them in a layer of mustard (one with just regular yellow mustard and one with 1/2 yellow and 1/2 spicy brown) and applied a generous amount of Famous Dave's Rib Rub. Wrapped them in plastic wrap and tossed in the fridge for 24 hours.
Tonight I fired up my 30" MES and filled my AMNPS with 1/2 cherry and 1/2 hickory pellets. I put a mixture of water and apple juice in the water pan. Unwrapped the Butts and added a little more Famous Dave's rub and put them in the smoker about 9:30pm. After reading others posts on here Ive decided not to mop and just let the smoke/rub do its thang. Also, I put the larger piece on top because it seems to be hotter at the top, I would think it would be the opposite but that's what my maverick tells me.
So far everything is going good. The only issue I have had is the pellets started on fire because i had the door open to long while loading the meat in. I thought I had it blown out but after 20 minutes I noticed the temp was rising pretty steady. After opening the door I realized my entire first row of pellets was on fire. I managed to get the fire out and get the temp back down to 230-240 range. Unfortunately, that is going to cut down on the amount of smoke time I get out of the AMNPS. Lesson learned!
It's about 11:30pm and I'm gonna go get a few hours of sleep. Current temp in the smoker is 235 and the meat is 97.
This is my first Butt in my new smoker. Any tips or feedback would be greatly appreciated. I got the in-laws coming over tomorrow night for pulled pork sandwiches so I hope everything turns out okay!