Here she is at 6 hours, holding a steady 154F internal. Shortly after my last post, my ECB temp was dropping again and my fire pan was clogged with an insane amount of ash. I don't know if it was the steady cross breeze or the bag of charcoal or what, but I have never produced that much ash during any other cook. Since I was pushing the 4 hour mark and still fighting to hit 140F internal with my cooker temp diving below 200, I pulled the ripcord. I quickly got the oven and a Pyrex baking pan preheated to 280. I pulled the picnic off, put it inside a foil pan, which I then put inside the Pyrex baking pan. I put my drippings and some cider vinegar into the Pyrex, so they were off the meat but still right close by. I basted the meat with a light brush of Stubbs spicy sauce, then I put some softened pats of lard on top to baste it. Then I foiled over the entire Pyrex and put it into the oven.
Below that rack, I put a sheet pan with a 13x9x2 baking pan on top, and I filled that baking pan with water. So I've got the oven (heating element on bottom), then a rack with the sheet pan/baking pan combo full of water, then the glass Pyrex with drippings/cider vinegar/water, and inside that, the foil pan with the actual picnic. I figured this is going to be a pretty accurate simulation of the ECB since I was done laying smoke on anyways. The oven's been holding a steady 280 ever since, and I just snapped that pic during my first checkup. I think I'm in the stall now, but I'm not worried - it should power cook its way through given the foil and a humid yet steady 280 degree oven. Honestly, it was nice to be able to toss it in the oven, take a cool shower, pop a cold one and not fight to maintain a fire anymore. I even got all my dishes done!
The smell inside my apartment is pretty intense right now with both the chili and pork cooking away. I've got a 55" plasma with the PGA Championship and a 12 pack of cold ones in the living room next to the kitchen so I ain't complaining! Just hope she hits 190-200 and has time for a rest in time for dinner here in a few hours.