Well, a day long smoke and nothing to show for it ..... :(
I lit a chimney full of coals this morning around 8am and then prepped the smoker (filled the offset with charcoal, filled a pan with water and placed it under the rack in the grill portion, etc), I then dumped the lit chimney into the offset about 20 minutes later. After about another 20 minutes, I placed the butt on the grill and crossed my fingers.
To prep the butt, I had it in brine for about 24 hours, then dried it off and rubbed it down, wrapping it in plastic wrap and foil, to sit then in the fridge overnight. This morning, while the chimney was roaring, I took the butt out of the fridge, unwrapped it and let it get to room temperature before going on the grill.
It is now just after 5pm, the butt has been on the grill for over 8.5 hours and the instant read thermometer that I recently purchased reads that the butt is only 130 degrees. WHAT THE FARK!?!?!?!?!?!
I have been babysitting the smoker all day, checking the temp, then adding more coals once an hour to maintain the temp. But, the butt is only 130 degrees. <sigh>
So, now, I am about to pull the butt off of the grill, place it in a foil pan and finish it in the oven.
Before I started this adventure, I did a ton of reading here and on other sites. Everyone said that a butt should smoke an average of two hours per pound. I attempted to smoke a four pound butt. So, that should be eight hours.
My plan was to pull it when it reached 190 degrees, place it in a foil pan with apple juice, top it with foil and then let it cook on the grill until it was done.
I am using a Smoke Hollow 4-in-1 with the suggested mods completed recently (heat deflector, smoke stack extension, etc).
Wow, I feel deflated......
Any suggestions, comments, etc? What did I do wrong? What should I do different next time?
Thanks for the help!