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Do or Do Not split a pork butt before smoking?

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Hey All,

 

I was on pulled pork duty for a group of friends at a get together out of town last weekend. I bought two 8lb. pork butts. Smoked them, rested, pulled, vacuum sealed and froze. I thawed them out two days prior to the get together, placed the pulled pork in a couple of aluminum foil pans with drippings, foiled and heated. It turned out great, everyone was happy.

 

Now I've been given a 16lb. pork butt and requested to have it smoked and pulled for a Birthday party being held out of town on July 4th at a friends lake house. I'm in the same boat as above, need to smoke ahead of time and re-heat at the party.

 

I bought the first two at a meat market and they were packed two butts to a vacuum bag, four bags to the case. With this said, Can I Cut this 16lb. butt in half (creating two pieces of meat that appear to be the same as what I bought, shape wise) and expect the same results? Or do I really need to leave it as one piece and wait out the smoke?

 

I really do not care to do a 24+ hour smoke if I can split the pork and do it in ~16 hours. Suggestions anyone?

 

Thanks all!!!

 

Planning to do the butt and a 14lb. brisket this weekend, will post q-view!!!

post #2 of 4
Split it in half, and remove the fat cap
post #3 of 4

Cut it. The piece with the bone may go a little longer but the time overall will be the same...JJ

post #4 of 4

x3

I think this method makes for better smoke and seasoning taste...let us know how it turns out!

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