So im doing two pork butts, 8lbs each, for a party on saturday afternoon. i have a new cajun injector electric smoker i have never used before. In face, i have never hot smoked anything, only cold smoked. Any words of advice for the newbie? Nothing can be to basic for me im sure. i have looked on here and there is a lot of great advice but some of it i dont understand because im new to the lingo. I was not going to inject it, because it seems like most people say not to, and i have some great rub at home from a friend. I was going to smoke at 225 and use an electronic probe in each butt. I cant find this for sure anywhere, but you do put the fat (i assume this is the cap) side down, right? Also, can i put the probe in the meat when i start or should i wait? I read a lot of places its not safe to. I have really no clue how long it will cook, a lot of places say 60-90 minutes per pound, but i dont know if thats total pounds of just for the biggest one. So like i dont know if thats 60 minutes X 8lbs or 60 minutes X 16 lbs. I know it will vary greatly, but im just trying to figure out when to start so we can eat at five. Or should i just smoke it friday and reheat in the oven on saturday? Lastly, i was going to smoke til the internal temp is 165, then wrap it in foil until its 195-200. Does all this sound good? Any help at all is greatly appreciated.
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