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second time doing butts. will they be ok?

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I am doing my second run of Boston butts. I have a big BBQ tomorrow so I'm a bit nervous here. My first time I had 2-8.5 lb. The temp outside was about 35° and I didn't foil at all. They were on the WSM for 13 hours with the temp between 225-240. Today I have 2-7.5 lb.It is hot out, 100°. The wife wanted less bark so I ran at 235-240 until 160° then foiled. After I foiled I couldn't get the temp back down below 255-260. They hit 197° and I pulled them. They are now resting in the cooler. My concern is they cooked in only 6.5 hours. I know that foiling helps the stall and the ambient temp being 100 didn't help but I'm concerned they went to fast. Does this sound normal?
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Relax my friend.  If you trust your therms, then they are done.  Each chunk of meat ( pork or beef ) behaves differently.  Test your therms if you still feel concern but I'll bet they are ok.  Hope the party goes great.  Happy 4th.  Keep Smokin!

Danny

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Normal.  Trust your thermometer. The outside ambient temp was 65 degrees higher on this smoke than the last. Pork usually pulls at 195 or a bit higher.  So... If  it was at 197 and you could pull the pork then it was done. Relax!

Brian

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